Like it was made for you.
Ski gear is becoming ever-more customizable, but there still aren't many boots that can match Fischer's Transalp TS Vacuum Women's Touring Boot when it comes to full personalization. Just about every shoe comes with a heat-moldable liner—the Transalp's Thermoshape Tour lace-up liner is no exception—but not many can match its Vacu-Plast vacuum-moldable shell and cuff. All you (or more likely your bootfitter) has to do is heat it up, and it can expand or contract to fit the contours of your foot and provide a last width anywhere between a snug 97mm and a whoppingly wide 107mm. Cooking the shell and liner won't interfere with the Transalp's Soma-Tec ergonomic fit design, which is engineered to provide maximum comfort, precision, and power transfer, so you can skin and ski with unbeatable comfort and performance.
The Hike Lock mode is simple—a single switch on the spine of the boot unlocks the cuff for 60 degrees of smooth rotation—but bomber, so you don't have to worry about play in the cuff when you're standing on top of a scary line. Fischer's X-Light aluminum buckles provide a snug fit without deforming the shell, and the toe buckle is inverted to prevent catching and breaking. At the top of the cuff, a 40mm power strap cinches the Transalp down so you can ski it hard without feeling sloppy, and an adjustable spoiler lets you fine tune your stance for increased aggression or a more centered feel.
- Vacu-Plast vacuum-moldable shell and cuff
- Thermoshape Tour heat-moldable liner with lace closure
- Soma-Tec ergonomic fit design
- Hike Lock mode
- X-Light aluminum buckles
- Adjustable spoiler
- Q & A
felt like comfort over performance
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
This boot was very comfortable straight out of the box, it was GREAT at accommodating my super wide amazonian calves. No pinching, and no issue buckling. The volume in the foot was much larger than I expected, maybe too much if I was going to mold them, but if you need high volume this may be your boot.
The issue I had came when I leaned forward though. Rather than staying tight, the cuff stretched out, and the calf opening got wider/sloppy. I think this boot would benefit from either two buckles up top or a better/stronger power strap, or a much lighter skier.
The flex against the shin did not feel smooth all the way through either, definitely some pressure points along the way. As a result it was not confidence inspiring for being able to lean forward and drive a ski properly.
Are these compatible with a traditional dh/alpine binding as well as a tech pin binding?