Pros: Extremely responsive, well fit, excellent liner, even flex
Cons: Lace up liner fatigue
This year I will be moving into the Fischer Vacuum boot, however I would like to relate my experiences to everyone with the Fischer WC Pro 130 Race Boot.
As a Fischer Coaching Rep, I have been completely dedicated to the Fischer Race Ski line for a number of years, since 1997 to be exact, when the first of the shaped competition skis began to appear. At that time, Fischer, like many other ski companies did not have a labeled boot and my best choice at that time was the Technica, which I moved into from Raichle. Having been used to the softer even flex of the Raichle, the Technica, although being stiffer, was like going into a brand new sportscar from an old American car with squishy steering. I thought that the Technica was the end all in control and responsiveness. I went up through the years in Technica in their competition boots: XT17 through the Diablo. At that time Fischer began producing boots, however if any of you remember those first few years of Fischer boots were just like Frankenstein's shoes. They looked like great big blocks of dark blue cement and felt about as bulky too.
After trying them on and looking at them, I vowed to never use the Fischer boot, not only because of the way they felt on my foot, but because they looked like a fashion faux of the highest order. Now don't get me wrong, I am not all that concerned about fashion, but then again these were the wierdest looking things and the look was akin to having a 2 inch gap between a persons goggles and helmet...get what I mean? I watched the Fischer boot evolve and began to wonder if they might be worth trying. In 2010 The Rep for our area (gret guy by the way, Richie Fredericks), really wanted me to try the new Fischer boot but I continued to resist. However, it came time to replace my latest pair of Technicas: I replace my boots every two and a half years at the least. It was with some reluctance that I agreed to try the 2011 Fischer World Cup Pro 130, the plug boot in a 130 flex. Ok, so when I tried them on, they seemed to fit really well, however the proof would be in the performance. The boot had evolved to a point that they actually looked good too, lol. Well, much to my surprise the Fischer race boot performed like nothing I had ever tried before. It exceeded my expectations in all ways. The corrected stance option made it that much easier to maintain parallel knees and skis and the athletic position with little effort. My previous Technicas were good boots, however the Fischer boots were great boots. No longer was I concentrating on creating muscle memory to stay in the racing stance, the corrected stance made it second nature. Even though I coach, I still hold a competitors license and these boots made me feel like I was back in the game. When a 47 year old coach can go out and win a SR, 1,2 USSA Race something is up and I attribute much of it to the Fischer boot. Parents and kids alike were asking me what kept me fast in my middle aged years, the first thing I say is the Fischer Boot, the second thing I say is the Fischer ski.
Getting into that boot gave me the same feeling as I had when I first put on those first shaped race skis and gave them a go. It was like night and day, why in the world had I been resisting the Fischer boots for so long and struggling with other brands? I kicked myself. What is it about the boot? The competition flex is fair and even with no stopping points along the way to full flex. The lateral flex is nice and stiff, allowing for quick side to side action as well as the low volume design of the boot translates any body movement directly to the skis. Action is instantaneous. The buckle system is well thought out too, something that I always had problems with in the Technicas. The buckles actually allow for shedding gates and equipment with little or no catching and I never had a problem blowing a buckle while skiing. The lace up race liner is well made, with a fiber carbon pattern on the calf area and getting in and out of the boots is a lot easier than any other race boot I have ever seen. And you know what, the boots look good too. Also, something that we are not used to as racers, they were comfortable...yes, you read it correctly, even with 2 sizes down from my regular size, they were comfortable and much warmer than any previous boot I have ever had.
This season I am moving to the vacuum boot and am very excited to be skiing the Fischer boot. I went from denial, to skepticism, to acceptance and finally to being completely converted when it comes to the Fischer boot. Don't miss out on investigating what Fischer has to offer in boots, I think you will be happy and then end up being like me: religiously sold on the Fischer boot.