Fischer Transalp Pro

Model Year
2022-2023
Category
Backcountry
Last Width
100
Flex Index
120
Price (MSRP)
$950.00USD

This is what the Fischer guy wrote for our testers' info packet about the Transalp Pro: "...gets to the heart of what downhill-oriented ski touring professionals want: outstanding stability and power transmission for demanding descents, balanced with the lowest weight and a large range of motion." Well, our testers said that for once, the marketing mumbo jumbo wasn't B.S.--in fact, they said that description hit the nail on the head for this two-time gold medalist and category winner this year.

Many of our testers had put the Transalp Pro pro through its paces at last year's test but a few mentioned they were looking forward to this year's re-test of the unchanged entry because they weren't sure if they really liked it as much as their test forms suggested last time around--i.e., maybe last year's results were a fluke. Well, nope. Those guys loved it just as much this time, and continue to be amazed at how a micro-minimalist touring machine can generate the kind of power and stability that it manages to. It's about the lightest boot our test accepts an entry for (we are not tights-wearing rando-racers by a long shot) and it has the kind of range of motion that you expect is possible but is rarely achieved in releasable cuff boots but it puts a fat ski on edge like a 130-flex four-buckle overlap boot. Really. It's surprising.

Testers continue to gripe about the entry and exit--it's a little tricky--but once it's on it's a regular boot on your foot--albeit with a massive and frictionless stride. The Double-Lock Ski Walk release mechanism is simple and bombproof, and once locked in place creates a comfortably rigid cast that's ready to drive a ski. Some of our larger testers felt that there was a little over-flexing to the front but not enough to drop its stance or fore-aft stability scores, and they mentioned that its rearward resistance was rock-solid.

Not only does the Transalp Pro (and the softer Transalp Tour) have a nice, fat power strap with a cam-lock style buckle, it comes with the testers' favorite feature-du-jour, the rip-cord pull release for that cam buckle, but wait, there's more, the power strap is also releasable with a hook grabber (kind of like the GI Joe Kung Fu grip you may remember if you're old like us) that avoids having to re-thread the webbing strap through the cam buckle. Nifty.

Gender 
Men's
Sizes (MP) 
22.5-30.5
Hike Mode 
Yes
Construction 
Cabrio/3-PC
Boot width profile 
Medium
Cantology Compatible 
No
Total Avg Score 
4.80
Shell/Cuff/Tongue 
Pebax Rnew/Pebax Rnew/
Anatomical Fit and Initial Feel 
4.50
Dynamic Balance 
5.00
Edge Power & Fore-Aft Support 
5.00
Quickness, Steering & Feel 
5.00
Convenience, Warmth & Features 
4.50
Tech Compatible 
Yes

Kudos

  • “It's an extremely light boot. It skis incredibly strong and has great lateral quickness. Very predictable and comfortable.” -- Kevin Gabriel
  • “Amazing slim, anatomical fit in such a minimalist package--great forefoot shape match gives the foot a tuned-in, flat-on-the-floor feel that puts you in complete control of the skis shovel. The stance is super dialed and the Transalp pro offers amazing lateral power delivery. Still so impressed. ” -- Mark Elling

Caveats

  • “My only problem was that the liner felt like there was just not enough fill for the shell.” -- Kevin Gabriel

This boot available at...

Westwood, NJ
Westborough, MA
Plymouth, MI
Golden, CO
Columbia, SC
Costa Mesa, CA
Revelstoke, BC

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