Pros: Great fit, "free canting", light weight, grippy sole, easy walking
Cons: Cold, chintzy buckles
These boots ski very well for me and are quite comfortable for both skiing and walking around. With the rubber sole I do not have to wear protectors on the bottom of my ski boots across the plaza from the locker room to the snow to prevent slipping and falling. The tendonitis in my lower patella tendon has also gone away since that trip can be made in walk mode which didn't exist in my normal alpine boots. The down side for these boots, just like last years "Vacuum" boots, of which I have a pair of Vacuum 110s, is that they are very cold and the micro-adjuster buckles are not up to par for a premium boot. Frequently when you need "just one more turn" to get the buckle tension just right you will end up going all the way back in the other direction on the adjustor because there are no "spare turn" threads beyond exactly one pitch of the buckles. The Fischer vacuum boots have gotten a bad rap for being cold, and they are cold with the stock liners, but I can tell you that with Intuition liners in the Vacuum 110s they are day and night warmer so it seems the Fischer liners come up short in the warmth department.
Now for the very positives. Once these Vacuum boots are molded to your feet they provide amazingly uniform fit without pinching or loose spots. When molded properly there is no canting required in the cuff or sole planing. Your feet will be totally flat on the snow in a position that inspires confidence.
My fitting parameters were as follows. Since my foot is between a 26 and a 27 in length I was fitted to the usual 27.5 in the Vacuum 110s last year by the local boot shop and that worked well until the liners packed out between 15 and 20 days of continuous skiing. After complaining to the Fischer rep about the bad liners in the 110s at a Pro night this fall he said I needed to be in a 26.5 shell and be molded at high pressure with double toe caps to make room for my big toe. So that is what I did. I can now slightly wiggle my toes and the rest of the boot is snug all around with better heel hold than in the 27 shell of the 110s. Once again my stance is totally flat on the snow just as in the 110s. I have about 25 days on the Vacuum Rangers so far and the liners seem to be holding up but I will reserve judgement there until I get closer to 75 or so days.