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post #1051 of 1290
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Originally Posted by Tog View Post

I know, pretty funny.

 

So when will BoxMart be molding ski boots? Two years?

 

Yeah, and they will do it with the same success rate as they do now selling skis to the masses biggrin.gif.  Technology replacing experience and professionalism is a well-perpetuated myth,  and we have been through this cycle many times.  Latest example: rockered skis remove the need for good technique in soft snow.  I think so far ski technique is alive and well.  smile.gif

post #1052 of 1290
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Originally Posted by alexzn View Post

Yeah, and they will do it with the same success rate as they do now selling skis to the masses biggrin.gif.  Technology replacing experience and professionalism is a well-perpetuated myth,  and we have been through this cycle many times.  Latest example: rockered skis remove the need for good technique in soft snow.  I think so far ski technique is alive and well.  smile.gif

Who needs technique when you can make it down on a wide bananna?

 

 

What's the technique on the moon? I doubt the Fischer boots would work since it's 250 degrees F in the sun.

 

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post #1053 of 1290

Fischer have announced the new "POP UP-ROLL UP" version for next year (joke) 

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If there was ever any doubt we've tested and played with this stuff, I hope this goes somewhere.

Amusing as this was, we were testing the thermo memory of the plastics. Taking it to this extreme we will see over the next week how and if the boot returns to it's original memory shape. "Pop UP!"

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post #1054 of 1290

What was your conclusion, other than that pair is gonna end up on Craig's List with a very fuzzy picture?

post #1055 of 1290

Simple really the people doing this process should use hotter ovens, but then they wouldn't have had to buy the Fischer one, ergo.................

post #1056 of 1290

Well, if you're gonna get a vacuum, and want a good fit, and a vacuum is a vacuum, is there any reason somebody with wide feet shouldn't go with the 95mm versions?

post #1057 of 1290

game changer...... not sure great technology, sure.... but having followed the 36 pages of this there are a few conclusions that can be reached, having spoken to dealers who have sold it well and others where it has sat on the rack i really don't know what to think, i know we will not stock the product next season, not enough space in the UK for more machines even though i have had a client call up fisher asking if they would supply us as he wants to buy a pair of them but from us only????

 

one thing that has become clear is that this boot is great for the right foot but it doesn't fit everyone, the success stories have probably come form times when the fitter has selected the boot for an ideal foot, the failures may have been form where there boot was requested by the client and was not ideal in shape

 

sure the boot deforms but it cannot go as far as some people expect it to, the plastic cannot simply disappear to make it fit round a super skinny foot and likewise cannot stretch around a big wide high volume foot

 

boot fitters will not go out of business because of this, as szk quite rightly said every other boot manufacturer would go out of business first or come up with something equal or better to the vac boot, when they do the stores that don't stock fisher will do done with another brand and so the cycle continues

 

did anyone ever think back to how this whole thing works, all the good ideas have already been had they are just being had again at new times

 

besides for one final time just because it is called the vacuum boot doesn't mean it is a vacuum process IT IS A PRESSURE FIT NOT A VACUUM!!!

post #1058 of 1290

Did you like our work Charlie? The plastic does deform, at a high temp, but then we're sure it will crack in the cold. So we'll stick to 80° and the plastic will creep back. 

 

Our conclusion, as we always need one, Fischer have tried to buy "reputable" bootfitters credibility. And it's almost worked. The problem now is how they go into the bigger super stores. You don't need eyes to see, you need Vision.

 

Still don't believe the public race version is treated the same as the Racers using the product, been told not, and so. blah, blah, blah.

post #1059 of 1290
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Originally Posted by SMALLZOOKEEPER View Post

Fischer have announced the new "POP UP-ROLL UP" version for next year (joke)

 

 

If there was ever any doubt we've tested and played with this stuff, I hope this goes somewhere.

Amusing as this was, we were testing the thermo memory of the plastics. Taking it to this extreme we will see over the next week how and if the boot returns to it's original memory shape. "Pop UP!"

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fun? funny?  not from a supposed Pro...

coming from a pro, this is juvenile

your ongoing vendetta against Fischer Vacs might seem almost funny

not that fischer needs vindication, boots on the hill seem to be doin that...

if this was you doin the same with and about ANY other product, I'd feel the same.

I used to run into dealers like you all too often - a sad lot - talkin down whatever they don;t carry

good thing most dealers do a good job standing behind and selling to what they do inventory

business that tough in France ?

you need to move on...


Edited by moreoutdoor - 4/3/12 at 1:23pm
post #1060 of 1290

Yes, there is.  You may not have enough overlap for a good seal if your foot is really wide... YMMV. 
 

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Originally Posted by Vitamin Ski View Post

Well, if you're gonna get a vacuum, and want a good fit, and a vacuum is a vacuum, is there any reason somebody with wide feet shouldn't go with the 95mm versions?



 

post #1061 of 1290
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Originally Posted by alexzn View Post

Yes, there is.  You may not have enough overlap for a good seal if your foot is really wide... YMMV. 
 



 


Good to know

 

post #1062 of 1290
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Originally Posted by UGASkiDawg View Post

I spent a small fortune today putting Zipfit liners in my VAC 130's in a final attempt to make the boot usable.  If it doesn't work (And I won't know till I ski them) I will be selling the shells and and original liners on ebay and complaining loudly to Fische and badmouthing the product everywhere I can.  Regardless of whether the Zipfits work or not I am very unhappy with Fischer products and don't plan to buy another one in my lifetime at this point.  I expected possible problems with a new boot but the problem I didn't expect was that it wouldn't fit worth a damn without a super expensive third party liner.  


For what they cost, the results should be guaranteed. Reading the initial reviews, I was considering them at the beginning of the season. I'm glad I held off.

 

It's not surprising they had some bugs in their first year of production. But, in cases like yours, where the problems couldn't be resolved, The dealer should be able to take them back and be reimbursed by Fischer.

 

 

post #1063 of 1290
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Originally Posted by CEM View Post
one thing that has become clear is that this boot is great for the right foot but it doesn't fit everyone, the success stories have probably come form times when the fitter has selected the boot for an ideal foot, the failures may have been form where there boot was requested by the client and was not ideal in shape..........

 

But the whole purpose was to get a perfect fit for hard to fit feet. Those with the "right foot" can find a great boot that fits them off-the-shelf for half the price of the Fischers.

 



 

post #1064 of 1290

Time for a "Time out" enjoy your cup o tea!

 

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post #1065 of 1290

A good shop guarantees the results anyway.  
 

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Originally Posted by DropKickMurphy View Post

For what they cost, the results should be guaranteed. Reading the initial reviews, I was considering them at the beginning of the season. I'm glad I held off.



 

post #1066 of 1290
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Originally Posted by alexzn View Post

A good shop guarantees the results anyway.  

 

I agree. Maybe I read too much into  UGASkiDawg's comment about selling the shells and original liners on eBay. I'd be very surprised if Fischer doesn't accept dealer returns in cases where they can't get satisfactory results. Not fair to make the dealer eat the cost; especially seeing this is the first year for  this new technology. Plus, the dealer/fitter is likely putting a lot of time and work into  this.
 



 



 

post #1067 of 1290

SZK- Is that you holding the roll? 
 

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post #1068 of 1290
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SZK- Is that you holding the roll? 
 



 


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post #1069 of 1290
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Originally Posted by DropKickMurphy View Post


But the whole purpose was to get a perfect fit for hard to fit feet. Those with the "right foot" can find a great boot that fits them off-the-shelf for half the price of the Fischers.

 


yes the whole purpose was to do that, and it doesn't seem to have delivered does it

post #1070 of 1290

For those who missed the capitalized word JOKE in Smallzookeeper's post, I'm here to point it out to you.

 

36 pages on a thread about a boot!  sheesh! hopmad.gif

 

I'm still awaiting with baited breath the outcome of this critically important experiment.  SZK, is it true that Fischers can intermarry with a Garmont?  eek.gif

 

For those looking, the serious Fischer Vacuum thread is here.

post #1071 of 1290

But this thread was 'Epic'!

post #1072 of 1290

Why was this moved to Apres?  SZK is a real accomplished boot fitter who has an opposing

opinion to how this thread started.

 

I think you are seeking to squelch any dissenting opinions about a product that is pushed by

owners of this forum.

 

That's pretty weak.

 

Don't get me wrong, I think the idea is awesome, and will hopefully be a "game changer", but can't adults

have a real, sometimes heated, discussion?

post #1073 of 1290
Why was this moved? I am sure the thread steered off topic, but it does have a lot of useful formation and consumer testimony. It can be locked but moving it seems strange. Besides most people know how to use search these days.
post #1074 of 1290
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Originally Posted by moreoutdoor View Post

 

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fun? funny?  not from a supposed Pro...

coming from a pro, this is juvenile

your ongoing vendetta against Fischer Vacs might seem almost funny

not that fischer needs vindication, boots on the hill seem to be doin that...

if this was you doin the same with and about ANY other product, I'd feel the same.

I used to run into dealers like you all too often - a sad lot - talkin down whatever they don;t carry

good thing most dealers do a good job standing behind and selling to what they do inventory

business that tough in France ?

you need to move on...



I think its great that a retailer is willing to do extreme testing on product no matter their motivations.  Doubt that the boots were free, and even if they were, szk could have ebayed them for $ towards the bottom line. I also would not be surprized if the fischer r&d department has not done similar as the mindset for r&d tends to be 'outside the box'.

 

 SZK, from a r&d perspective I'd like to see it sit a lot longer than a week to see how much they creep back.  I'd then recook them and see how they rebound. Then cook again for a fit on a problematic non fischer foot (eg wide forefoot, w high arch, w narrow heel, w big ankle bones, w small leg shaft)-cook one at fischer rec. temp. and time and other til its super soft and compare fits using same forming pressure. 

 

Next recook test shell for problematic wide forefoot and narrow neel/ leg combo, and do in 2 stages.  First at lower pressure to allow for creating toe space without using toes as battering ram (which I can't see helping foot structure alignment) to counter the usual high preasure for narrow heels, next try to reheat rear of shell only (doubt if this can be done in oven even if using foil and ice packs. Probably need to boil -suspend shell to keep toe out and maybe ice pack toe as well) and redo vac at very high preasure with the cold preformed forefoot. Compare fit to traditionally vac shell.

 

When finished with all the fit testing you want to do,destructive test them when freezing (flex, impact) compared to the un-extreme heated mating shell and a typical hi-perf standard shell, and do it all in a simple reproduceable quantifiable manner.  Could give a different set of fitting possibilities depending on results from all this. 

 

post #1075 of 1290

Thankyou, it is really that which we are getting at, thi time around it was Fischer, we do this to all ne "technologies" we like to quaestion and "myth bust" if it then stands up we'll sell it in spades with the confidence needed to do such innovations justice. We can only draw two conclusions regards Fischer's process, either it doesn't work, or the "chosen" few aren't quite what we are lead to believe they are. Either way it's not been 100% successful. Given the randomness of both the success and failure of the product, i'd suggest the later. I hope that pleases the Fischer Fanboys.

post #1076 of 1290

I don't think it is the "randomness of success". I think that most of the bad fits have come from the inexperience of the boot fitters with a new technology. Make sure the boot is heated enough and the foot is padded enough (ESPECIALLY  the toe box), with the right pressure, and you should get a good fit. I have a very high instep, narrow heel, 101mm toe width, with alignment issues, and my B/W 130's are spot on after two fittings. I strongly agree with Moreoutdoor, SZK, you've made your point "time to move on".

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post #1078 of 1290

Mr PUD, please re read my post, it's exactly the point I made. Cheers, XX

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post #1080 of 1290
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Originally Posted by supergaper View Post

I cant see how the Soma stance would be adjusted by the molding- just look at how the heel and toe

line up with the lugs.

 

 

By having the foot *not quite aligned* with the heel and toe centers of the boot and then shrinking the plastic down to preserve that alignment.

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