Pros: Absolutely fantastic to ski - has boosted my skiing skills by a level, Perfect for bow legged skiers
Cons: The plastic has started to frail, buckles feel cheap, not 100% fit at the first vaccum mold
Skills: Ski instructor level, love hard ice packed slopes at race speed
Physics: 73 kg, 180cm (6 foot), narrow ankles, extremely bowlegged (curved lower leg)
Testing time: 3 weeks in the boot
Don't know what exactly makes the boot tick, but for me I guess it is a combi of:
1. The cuff of the boot now follow my curved lower leg perfectly, which makes my stance on the ski so much better
2. The soma tec stance also makes a big difference as I can now with less effort and swifter more actively turn my skis which has given me a fantastic sensation.
The plastic seems to be too soft in the areas where there's physical contact with the bindings (i..e the sole). The part going into the bindings are after just 3 weeks already extremely dented, and the plastic is frailing (similar to when your skin after a sun burn starts to fall off).
The buckles are also so so, and feel cheap, but they work fine.
Many people have said that the vacuums flex are to the softer side compared to other flexes. I tend to agree. This is my first 130 flex boot and it is perfect in colder conditions -10 celsius, while a bit to the softer side when just below freezing point. So if in doubt go for 130 rather than the 110 flex unless you ride in the park and off trail.
The fitting process was fairly easy. By fairly I mean that the boot fitter still had to grind down the inner foot bed as the top of my foot got squashed, so the vacuum magic couldn't completely mold to my foot after all. The grinding was however a bit of a hassle because of the fragile material it was made of (the boot fitter cursed quite a lot about it)...and one of the foot beds have actually broken.
I got 200psi pressure, but I need a remold, with max pressure, as the boot still isn't completely snug around my ankles, and I still have problems w a numb big toe (which I have had in all my prior boots too).
No other boot can do what this does for a bowlegged skier like me. Period!
Otherwise I actually think that a standard Fischer soma tec boot would do the trick for you --and you wouldn't have to worry about the durability and huge dent in your wallet too
I still need to get the max vacuum molding done b4 I can say that the boot is tailormade for me.
Get the quality in place and it would be 5 stars.
I tried them with a pair of Intuition liners, but I prefer the stock liner, as I find the intuitions too "slippery" inside the boot. So save that money IMHO.