While Fischer's Travers Carbon Alpine Touring Boot may appear as though it gleans its name from the word "traverse," it's in fact a blend of the word "versatile" and "Transalp," which happens to be the name of Fischer's famed and dependable skimo planks. So, as its verbal denomination suggests, the Travers is Fischer's latest and greatest endeavor into the ski mountaineering and alpine touring world. Weighing in at just over four pounds a pair, the Travers boasts an incredibly lightweight and pliable construction thanks to its Grilamid and carbon exterior, while the carbon fiber sheath in the sole assures rigidity and stiffness akin to your favorite alpine boot. Additionally, the Travers features singular power strap that consists of a ratchet and hook-and-loop combination as to provide a fine-tuned fit, and the Boa lacing system assures a personalized, pressure-free fit and feel, which is an especially welcomed attribute if you've ever had a pair of ill-fitting boots. More importantly, though, is the boot's free-pivoting cuff system that allows for an unobstructed range of motion, specifically 80-degrees worth, and when combined with the easy-to-use walk mode, you're able to glide up the skin track in no time. However, when encountering roly-poly or more technical skin tracks, cinch the down the cuff and lock-off the walk mode for more supportive, secure fit. Now, you might be wondering how Fischer planned on keeping the Palau moldable liner dry and comfortable, so grab your popcorn. Since the cuff and lower portion of the boot don't overlap at the front of the boot or heel, Fischer outfitted the Travers with a waterproof gaiter that fixes to the shell's lower portion and stretches just about to the top of the cuff. This gaiter is not only dexterous, but easily fends off snow build up and sweat alike. So whether you're searching for a lightweight and dependable ski mountaineering boot or alpine touring boot, the Travers has made its grand entrance and ensur...
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