Pros: A Custom fit and light
Cons: Price, but worth it
Fischer Vacuum boot, a bootfitters view from the other side, inside the boot
History: At the Start Haus, we have done about 2 dozen Vacuums at the shop, personally, I have done about 10 Vacuum boots on customers with 110 and 130's being the vast majority. In that majority, the fits have been to make volume vs. making the boot smaller, be it heel or forefoot volume. I figured it was time to practice some more on on low volume foot, my own.
Preparation: My foot is about 97mm across and 267mm in length, strong arch, medium instep, minimal ankle flexion and although, I have skinny legs, they are not as skinny as Elskier. I started with the 130 Pro (yellow) in a 25.5 shell, Instaprint footbed and a double toecap. The double toecap consisted of a medium neoprene with the Intuition hard cap over it, I did no additional padding on the foot.
Process: I wanted to get a feel for the whole process, particularly the preparation and molding stages, so when I am helping a customer I knew what they were feeling and help them through their expectations. I will say, with a performance fit, the two caps do make the molding process, well, very snug (see..TIGHT). I heated the shells for the required 15 minutes and set the stand to the 11* upright position for the forward lean. Since I was looking to decrease volume, I set the MBars to 300, the maximum. As soon as the pressures started, i could feel the heels contracting on both sides of both boots. The only unusual pressure I felt was in the toe box where i had the double toe caps. The mold process takes a short 8 minutes. Once the process was done, I took the boots off, removed the toe caps and allowed the blood to flow back to my toes.
Results: After putting the boots back on, I was amazed how well the shell fit from my mets rearward but the double toe cap did create too much room in the toe area, for the fit that I would want for myself. I was amazed how light the Fisher was especially compared to my Tecnica Infernos. Afterwards I put both boots on a scale and the Fischers weigh over a pound less PER BOOT!, This weight was obvious in just standing there and flexing, as in a Colin Chapman design, Fischer added lightness. I also noticed that the stand height and ramp was different than the Tecnicas. The stand height felt about 5mm lower in the heel (which reduced the ramp) than the Tecnica.
Conclusion: "Amazing" seems to be the one one that is universally used to describe the fit from the Fischer Vacuum. While I am really close to passing the same accolade, I would almost prefer to ski it before I give the final "two thumbs up", but seeing what I have seen, feeling what I have felt and talking to people who have skied it, I don;t see how the boot will not be live up to all the expectations thrust upon this revolutionary new boot.
Height/Weight: 5'10" 190lb
Ski Days/Season: 60+
Years Skiing: 35
Aggressiveness: Moderate (Finesse)
Current Quiver: 12 Blizzard Bonafide, 12 DPS 112RP Pure, 12 Kastle MX88
Home Area: Squaw & Northstar
Preferred Terrain: bumps, off-piste, trees
Boot history: I was in a Flexon for 20+ years then a Krypton for 5 years and the Tecnica Inferno 130 this past year with 66 days in it. I have been fortunate enough to be in boots that needed minimal shell work.