Experience is the best teacher, so looking for a shop that sold most fischer vaccum boots on the east coast.
not sure if that is a conclusion i agree with.... if a shop just sold that boot to everyone who walked through the door then they would sell more than the shop who selected the boot on the basis of what fitted the customer best.
i think experience of fitting boots properly rather than that of just heating one particular one up is more important.
despite what some may say or think, it is NOT a game changer, it is simply another tool in the boot fitters arsenal.
Absolutely agree with CEM. I was interested in selling the boots for this season so they made me a test pair. After two fittings they were still big, clunky and skied poorly. Two friends one a level three instructor and level three coach and the other a Canadian examiner each were given the boots, I bumped into the level three on her third fitting attempt and the examiner ended up moving on. I didn't go there either.
The concept seems good to me and the boots probably work for some people but clearly they don't work miracles and cannot turn someone that doesn't know how to fit boots into someone that does.
I agree with Lou and CEM. thanks for stimulating my feeble brain cells.
I hope the following clarifies what I was asking.
I also believe the experience and reputation of the boot fitter are extremely important - not just the technology
There has to be a belief by customer and the technology seller that the technology has some benefit and value resulting in customer satisfaction -so buy in on both parties is required. One sure way to assess customer satisfaction, value and benefit is by sales. Products do not sell well if they have no benefit and value over the competition
The fischer boot is just another tool for the experts to ply their trade and knowledge - it is simply new technology, and needs to be learned first through practice or experimentation because it is new . This does not mean starting from ground zero on the learning curve, but a certain amount of learning for any new product is always required. Shops that sell lots of a specific product, have significant experience with it and are better suited to understand the quirks and nuances of that product.
Perhaps a better way to rephrase the question is in order.
The question asks of those shops using fischer vacuum technology, how many fischer boots were sold with satisfied customers? The implication here is the one who sold the most fischer vacuum boots, have the most experience with this new technology -nothing more than that.
the original question intent did not imply that a fischer boot is a magic bullet, nor does it imply that decades of boot fitting experience are no longer relevant, nor does it imply that the fischer boot is a game changer.
Our shop, Ski Stop in Westwood Ma. sells the vacuum system along with plenty of other models. We did well with the vacuum boots selling many. As mentioned, it is not a magic bullet. When we assess someones feet and bio mechanics that will help us guide them to the proper fitting boot. With some customers we have shied away from the vacuum for a variety of reasons others it has worked fine. Some of our vacuum customers have been back for simple modifications. Any boot regardless of how custom it is may always need some tweaking. All boots are good. It all depends on what fits you. Good luck and stop in the shop sometime. One of our boot fitters can go thru your options.