OK, time to divert this thread from dumb advice on picking the boots for wide feet over the internet from an ace skier from NJ... I read nolo's report on the Fischer changes this year. This is definitely a step in the right direction. Here is my customer point of view (disclaimer: I am not a fitter). I am very happy about them starting to make high-end Vacs in the wider range of width, this is something that seemed to have caused a lot of problems before- unlike conventional shell that effectively expands when it is punched, the Vacuum process only reforms the shell, but does not expand it. With Vacs it is important to start with the shell that has enough circumference to accommodate the forefoot width. I am glad the liner has been tweaked. I am a little disappointed that they didn't go with real oil/cork in the heel area, and instead went with a variation of an Intuition foam. It is cheaper, but that foam will pack out, flow pads do not. But this new liner seems to be a big improvement over this year's liner and the less can be said about the first year liners, the better.
I am curious if anything was done about the two other issues that I have with the current boot:
1. The yellow 130 needs replaceable heel and toe pads, VacuuPlast soles were wearing out at an alarming rate on the yellow boot. An associated issue is the microcracks in the shell that got reported for some boots. Probably plastic needs to be a bit thicker in some areas.
2. The buckles need to have a longer micro-adjustment range, to give continuos adjustment range between the rungs. My instep buckle is right in between- the first rung all dialed in is too loose, and the second rung with all left out is still too tight. I really wish I had a couple more turns to play with.
But it seems that the technology is finally coming together. Even with all the annoyances, this is a shell that skis amazingly well. I would not want to be in any other boot.