I likely have more days on my 130s than anyone else here. I don't know exactly how many because I don't exactly keep track. This season I have missed 3 days of operation. Some of the days I went out were telemark days and some were snowboarding days, some were multi-discipline days. I think its safe to say that I'm right around 50 days in the Fischers.
I got mine molded before Thanksgiving so that I could start skiing as soon as I got back from visiting family and use the new boots. I was one of the first people to get molded. Mine were done at 220mb with no toe cap or any other padding. My fitter thought that the padding wouldn't be necissary. I trust the fitters that I work with and went with their suggestion even though there was a little voice in my head whispering that my toes were going to hurt. I was thinking that If I didn't like it, I would have them remolded.
The fit was very good, but my toes were getting crushed within a few minutes of skiing and quickly became cold and then very numb. I also went to make my first turn off The Gondola and nearly fell over. The edge of the ski wasn't where I thought it should be and the first few runs were very wierd. One of the reasons I wanted these boots was to correct some lateral alignnet problems without travelling to SLC for boot planing. My stance was differnet in the new boots and I wasn't sure that I liked it. I suspect that this is the issue that SMALLZOOKEEPERs people experienced. I also have to wonder about his small sample size and selection methods for that sample. Back to my impressions now... By my second day I was feeling much better on the boots as far as control was concered. I found the boots very hard to get on and off and was gouging my foot a bit on the overlap during this process. It hurt. Not as bad as a Salomon Falcon everytime I tried them on, but way more than my Nordicas and way more than I liked.
I took the boots in to address the toe box problem. I wasn't ready to remold and not have boots for 24 hours, so we went with a toe box stretch. It might have helped a little. I went back and got another toe box stretch. Again it might have helped, but the weather was very cold and my toes were still freezing. By now a new problem was developing. Because I was having so much trouble getting the boot on and off, I had created a wrinkle in the back of the liner. This wrinkle apeered right where a plastic piece ended creating a stress riser. The wrinkle became a bit bigger each day in spite of me pulling the back of the liner up each time I got my foot in. After about 12 days I realized that my Achilles Tendons were getting crushed and were starting to swell. I went in to address this issue. The shop heated the area and smoothed the wrinkles out. The area was already sore and it didn't seem to help much. Then the boot fitter fabricated a piece of plastic to prevent the liner from colapsing, hopefully preventing the wrinkle from reforming. It was a great idea and it worked for a little while. By about day 20 I was realizing that the Achilles problem was maybe going to ruin my season. I also realized that even if we made room for my toes by stretching the shell, the stock liner was still a 98mm product and was not allowing my toes to move into the expansion. I have a wide fore-foot and have had 6th toe problems in almost every boot I've ever used. We talked about cutting the liner to allow the fore-foot area to be wider. With the Christmas rush coming on I elected to go to an Intuition mostly because of the Achilles issue, but I also felt like the Intuition was going to "expand" around my foot and be warmer vs the stock liner that really only "shrinks" with the shell. I also knew from my other Intuition experience that the boot would become easier to get on and off.
I got the Intuition molded with a great big toe cap and some padding around the 6th toe. The boot was instantly easier to get on and off, my feet were warmer, and the boot was stiffer and better in the forward flex. This is not to say that it was bad before, it just seemed a bit soft for a 130 and feels more like I expected it to with the Intuition... I know a few strong woman skiers who got the 110 vacuum and got rid of them because they felt too soft. I skied it for a few days and went in to get some more room made in the liner for the toes. Then I had a Hotronic installed and a Booster strap installed to replace the stock strap that I didn't like. The right boot felt pretty good, the left toe box was still too tight. After about 2 weeks I started to feel a pressure spot developing on the back of my right heel. It quickly got more painful and I thought that the Intuitions were packing out or something even though I didn't seem like they were sloppy and I have gotten over 200 days on some of my other Intuitions. I went in and the bootfitter quickly identified a wrinkle at the bottom of the right heel left over from the Intuition forming process. He smoothed that out and the problem was fixed. He also stretched the left shell a bit more in the toe box. I went back in two days ago while the lifts were on Avalanche closure and got the left Intuition stretched to acomodate the shell stretching and now feel like the boots are pretty close to perfect.
I love the way these boots ski. I love the way they fit. I sometimes have a "little trouble" getting them off because my heel gets so locked in. They are warm with the Intuitions and much easier to get on and off. If I hadn't been one of the first guys fitted a lot of my "problems" would have been avoided. The fitters are using toe caps and padding on everyone they fit now. One of my boots, the left one, has developed a tiny crack on the front of the overlap. I don't think this is an endemic problem with the boot as lots of people I work with have looked at it and said that they have had other boots do the same thing. Some time it just happens I guess. It's a tiny crack and we put a stopper hole on it before it could propgate into a bigger crack. I don't think it makes one bit of difference. Fischer is going to give me a new boot next year, no questions asked. There are none available this year or I would already have it. I think this is really cool. I get to use my boots for a season and get a fresh pair with all of the refinments they will make and benifit from the fitters increased expereince with the process. This is a quality boot and Fischer is a top notch company who stands behind their product. I couldn't be happier and think that SMALLZOOKEEPER has some sort of agenda with his bashing of this boot.
As to the liner... I have been a huge Intuition fan for many seasons and use them in my Alpine, Tele, and Randonee boots. I like them because they are lighter, warmer, and..... well... Better than any stock liner I have ever seen. My first thought was to go directly to an Intuition in the first place and not deal with the stock liner at all. I tried to make the stock liner work and felt like I couldn't get around the Achilles problem. I haven't heard anyone else mention that particular issue, so it was probably just something that was unique to my foot or the way I crammed my foot into the boot that caused the problem for me. I realize that I have a lot of money into my boots and that most people pay full price for their gear and wouldn't be willing to go the route that I did. I can only say that boots are the single most important piece of gear and a poor fitting or painful boot will wreck your skiing experience faster than anything else. I will easily do over 100 days this season and most of them will be bell to bell days. For me it's worth doing what it takes for my feet to be happy. I would like to see Fischer use a better liner, but don't feel like their liner is much different from most other stock liners I've looked at. I think they all suck and just plan on throwing them away and getting something better any time I buy a new boot.