Fischer TransAlp Boots - REVIEW
Fischer has been a staple visit on my trade show circuit each winter and this year at SIA they unveiled not just the innovative PROFOIL climbing skinbut also a new alpine touring (AT) boot in the Fischer TransALP line up. It’s called the Fischer Transalp Thermoshape. The Thermoshape differs from the current Transalp Vacuum TS and Vacuum TS Lite in a few ways. To start with it’s a few hundred dollars cheaper than both the Vacuum versions, always a plus! While the fit may not be as adaptable as the Vacuum version the Transalp Thermoshape boots do have a thermoformable Ultralon boot liner so they’re customize to your foot similar to most other alpine touring boots. The big difference with the Fischer Vacuum technology is that it actually molds the shell up to 5mm on either side so you get a full 10mm of customization, but as I said in the lead in, this will cost you. While I have never experienced being fit for a pair of Fischer Vacuum Boots, the concept sounds like an effective one. I can however comment on the out of box fit of the Transalp Thermoshape Boots. While not perfect I was surprised at how well they fit my (average) foot and the fact that they provided a larger than average toe box meant that my feet and especially my toes stayed warm on those colder ski days.