Pros: Fits great right out of the box, vacuum fitting removes any hot spots, easy to get on and off in all but the coldest conditions
Cons: Hike mode has very limited range once the vacuum fitting has been done
I'm reviewing the 2015 model. It's manufacturer blurb is as follows:
"The Hybrid 12 Vacuum from Fischer is a superb 120 flex boot suitable for any expert skier looking to ski groomers, back bowls and everything in between. This boot will fit the same as the Hybrid 10 and has the Vacuum Fit feature as well. The shell and liner of the Hybrid 12 can be completely custom molded to your feet at a Fischer Dealer. This process isn't mandatory though, so you can ski them right out of the box. This adapatablilty allows for a last width anywhere from 98-108mm but without molding the last is a comfy 103mm. Another key aspect of the Hybrid 12 is the Hike/Ride switch which makes walking and hiking worlds easier."
It's very similar to the Ranger 12, but hasn't got the Ranger's wafflestomper vibram sole. It is slightly wider than the Ranger at 103 vs 100. I went into Level 9 in SLC intending to get the Ranger, but this boot felt more comfortable out of the box. I had L9 do the vacuum fitting. I've put 13 days in variable conditions, and haven't found any big problems so far. The Con I mentioned is the hike mode, which seems to be defeated by the vacuum process. More than once I've put the boot in hike mode to get out of the parking lot and spent the morning on the slopes unaware until lunchtime that I left it in hike. I even slogged up to the top of Aspen's Highland Bowl and dropped G-8 in hike mode (doh!). The plastic is really stiff in sub-zero temps, making the removal process pretty painful at the end of the day. That's common for most boots, but the thermo properties of the Vacuum plastic make it just a little more pronounced. The boot is warm, not a problem there. I'd recommend this boot for resort skiers only since the hike feature is not very effective.