The Fischer Transalp Tour W is a hit with our women's test team two years running. First, they say they could run in it, if they wanted to, its range of motion in touring mode is that good. But unlike many light-enough-to-run-in BC boots we've tested over the years, the Transalp actually skis like a real ski boot, testers agree. And it skis not just like a real boot but like a real good boot--as in, it skis as well as many of the top shelf four-buckle overlap boots in the test, they said. Even after a first look at this featherweight two-buckle last year, testers were still surprised all over again with how strongly and accurately it puts skis on edge and heads down the fall line.
It has a gorgeous toebox and forefoot shape, testers reported, but some felt it ran a little short, overall (this without a full liner cook though), and while some testers felt it was a little close through the instep none felt it was out of the norm for being on the snug side of the 100 mm fit spectrum. Even without cooking the liner testers liked the creature comfort here, citing enough padding for bony spots but just barely--one tester mentioned the outside ankle pocket was a little aggressive.
Stancewise the crew loved the neutral angles all around and as proof it received a perfect score in the Dynamic Balance category. It also received perfect 5's in both Edge Power and Quickness, so this is a well-rounded downhill performance model that also tours with the best of them. Bravo Transalp!
“I could hike in this boot! And I don't hike. Edge power galore ! ” -- Liz Elling
“Great for the narrow sleek foot. Not for anyone with a high instep. Really strong powerful boot for having a walk mode. Super powerful touring boot. Perfect for the ripping chick that tours more than she rides a chair. Great range of motion in walk mode. Super smooth feel when walking. ” -- Kori Coggin
“Best in show for its kickass hike mode. So smooth when touring.” -- Emily Poore
“Runs a bit short. Be ready to go up a size or stretch toebox. ” -- Emily Poore