Fischer Transalp Boots Review

April 13, 2016
Fischer Transalp Boots
GEAR INSTITUTE RATINGS
89
Fit/Comfort
8
Lightweight
7
Power
8
Walk-ability
8
Versatility
8

The Good

  • Relatively light weight
  • Tech toe fitting with alignment indicators
  • Progressive flex/no shin bang
  • Comfortable liners with huge toe box

The Bad

  • Lower than average cuff height
  • Hard to get liners back into shells
  • Hike/Lock lever on spine is not easy to grasp with gloves on
  • Noisy flex when you walk in them
THE VERDICT

The Fischer Transalp Boots are a simple three buckle design which provide enough weight to power through the toughest snow conditions. If hard charging lines are your thing or you simply want to cruise resort laps then the Transalps can do both. A generous walk mode, aggressive rockered sole and tech fittings round out the offering to make the Transalp Boots ideal for slackcountry lines and big backcountry routes.

FULL REVIEW

The Fischer Transalp Boots are a solid workhorse for backcountry and resort based laps. Light enough for all day ski tours while still being able to drive a fatter ski at the resort. While the ski/walk mechanism may be difficult to operate with gloves on, once its engaged it does provides solid power transfer and in the open mode a full 53° of cuff rotation.

Fit/Comfort
Compared to other three buckle AT boots we’ve reviewed, the Fischer Transalp Boots provide quite a bit of comfort thanks to their Ultralon padded liners which can (and should) be thermo-moulded for optimal fit. For those with average to wide feet the Transalp Boots should fit reasonably well right out of the box with good heel hold and an oversized toe box.

Light Weight
While 7.6lb is not considered to be ultra-light by alpine touring boot standards, it’s still acceptable. Although a heavier weight boot is a penalty on the skin track it’s a blessing on the ski down. The Fischer Transalp Boots trade some climbing ease for skiing quality.

Power
Fischer’s Transalp boots provide impressive foot hold and have enough weight to drive fatter skis. Their hefty construction was greatly appreciated while skiing in variable snow conditions including heavy, wet snow and the occasional chunder on steeper lines.

Walk-ability
Fischer claims that the Transalp Boots offer up 53° of cuff rotation and while this number sounds impressive, you do need to open the top buckle and release the power strap to enjoy the full benefit. This range of motion breaks down to 18° in the back and 35° in the front. This is an ideal split as most of the flex required on the skin track is in the front and not the back of the boot.

Versatility
The Fischer Transalp Boots are designed for backcountry skiing but offer up enough support and comfort that they can easily be worn as a full time resort boots. Since they are on the heavier side in the weight category than other boots we’ve tested they have enough bulk to power larger skis in adverse snow conditions and variable terrain.

 


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