Rating: / 5
Waist Width: 88
Lengths: 156, 163, 170, 177, 184
The Transalp 88 is a middle ground touring ski from Fischer, with a 123 mm tip, 88 mm waist, 111 mm tail. It weighs 1,200 grams These dimensions are designed with versatility in mind, and this ski is intended to get the job done no matter what the conditions are like. It has a 19 meter radius (at 177 cm) that is designed to play into this versatility as well, offering both small and big turns depending on the kind of skiing you're doing. Fischer's Tour series, comprising seven backcountry skis ranging in width from 65 to 100 mm, specializes in the constantly evolving world of ski touring, from speed-oriented rando racing to powder chasing freeriding. Every model in the series features a variety of technologies designed to keep them light yet powerful: AirTec Ti wood cores are milled with empty channels to reduce weight; Aeroshape profile features a slimmer, lighter profile with a rounded top surface; lightweight materials like paulownia wood decreases the skis' weight (which ranges from 650 to 1,500 grams, depending on model and length), while Titanal strips, rather than full sheets, adds stability and durability. Tour Rocker get the ski up and over powder and other varied conditions while the tail stays relatively flat, for secure turn finishes. For the most part, these skis are built to tackle off-piste terrain, and if you enjoy skinning up mountains as much as you enjoy skiing down them, this is the best series Fischer has to offer you. Family-owned Fischer Skis is based in Reid, Austria, where all its skis (and many of those of other brands) are built. Fischer says its factory in Reid is the second largest manufacturer of skis in the world. -C.D.