Speculation is a wonderful thing, isn't it, Powderslurpy? Almost as good as knowledge.... The new Fischer boot may be a lot of things, but seafood isn't one of them!
Here are the impressions of one person who has actually skied in the new Fischer boots:
I skied a little bit on a prototype of Fischer's new boot last spring. They were not set up even close to ideally for me, but I still really liked something about the feel. Finally, just yesterday, I skied on a new pair up at Loveland. My initial impressions are primarily very positive, and I think they'll be great boots for me.
The "real" boot is somewhat more svelte than the admittedly Frankenstein-looking prototype, and a little less stiff. It has a softer material strategically located in front, to help entry/exit (more on this in a moment). As you'd expect from Fischer, construction and finish are excellent, and the hardware is top-notch. The sole is dead-flat, unlike many boots that come randomly warped, and may even need grinding.
I didn't really feel the one major difference--the significantly abducted ("toe-out, heel in") stance, at least not directly. I was not aware of any adjustments I had to make in my technique or my stance because of it--and it didn't cause my tips to cross! What I DID notice, very clearly, was the positive and expected effect it had on my edging, and the way my knees track more accurately when I flex them.
Like the majority of skiers, I am an excessive pronator. Especially without good, supportive footbeds, when I flex my knees, they tend to track toward each other as my flexible feet "collapse." If you're the same, you can see this just by standing up naturally, with your toes straight ahead, and bending your knees (try even turning your heels out slightly, to exaggerate the effect). If you don't consciously try to avoid it, your knees will come together. (If they don't, you may be one of the fortunate ones who doesn't have the excessive pronation problem, or you may even have the opposite problem of excessive supination. If so, these are probably not the boots for you.)
If your knees track together like mine, then turn your toes out a few degrees and try again--your knees should now track much straighter when you flex. This is what these boots are intended to do, and they do it!
Right out of the box, with no adjustment whatsoever (although I did have my SuperFeet footbeds in them), these boots felt very natural, and I felt an unusually positive edging ability. It is possible, of course, that I was LOOKING for this sensation because I expected it--I won't deny that. But either way, they certainly didn't disappoint!
The boot is highly adjustable, including fore-aft and lateral cuff adjustments. There are cuff adjustments on both sides, allowing you to move either side or both up and down, for optimal alignment with your individual foot and leg. It will take me a while to dial this in perfectly, but it was surprisingly good (for me) in its original configuration.
The fit seems to be "average"--not particularly high- or low-volume. I have narrow heels and skinny ankles, but found that they held my heels snugly, and I could buckle them plenty tightly if I needed to. I also have long, knobby toes, which the toe box accommodated nicely. They're considerably lower volume than the Dolomites that I've been skiing, that required a fair amount of work to fit. The Fischers fit me much better. (The Dolomite Sintesi is also a very NON-abducted boot--toes straight ahead. It's a very good boot, but possibly the worst boot on the market, unmodified, for my own particular needs.)
On the downside, these boots are NOT easy to get into or out of. The prototypes were even worse, and they've added a section of softer plastic in front to help ease the entry/exit process, but I've got to think that this area will be given more attention. I'm sure they'll break in, but I had to finally take them into the men's room and warm the shells under the hand driers, before I could get into them the first time. By the way, Powderslurpy--the extendable tab in the back is not a "shoehorn." Sliding it up temporarily creates a little more space in the lower calf and heel area, theoretically making the boot easier to put on. It does help, fortunately!
In all--first impressions only--I believe that the Fischer boot is a GREAT concept, especially for the typical pronator like me. The execution of the concept is fully functional, but perhaps only 90% mature, with a few little bugs that they'll still be working on. It's well beyond the prototype stage, but Fischer still considers it a work in progress, and they will welcome any feedback they get on it this season, I'm sure.
I fully recommend this year's boot, except perhaps for supinators, and I look forward to next year's boot even more!
(Your mileage may vary....)