Update--a month later...
I love these boots! I'll admit that I may be the poster child for Fischer's abducted stance, with my very flexible feet and tendency to pronate to excess. But since the majority of skiers are excessive pronaters, there are a lot of people out there who might want to check out this boot.
They're still not easy to put on or take off, but they have broken in to where I can actually do it without the help of a blow dryer to heat the plastic. They are worth the effort. Once on, they fit my feet very well, although they would surely fit a slightly higher-volume foot perhaps even better (I buckle them to the tightest notches). Most importantly, I have never felt so solid on my edges as I do with these boots, even with zero canting under bindings or grinding of the soles. Improved edging/reduced need for canting for underedged skiers is the expected outcome of an abducted boot, and the Fischers deliver as promised. Unlike other abducted boots (i.e. Atomic), Fischer rotates the heels IN as well as the toes out, keeping the middle of your foot directly over the edge where it should be. The sensation is effortless, clean edging.
They are quite stiff, but I like stiff boots. I skied moguls for the first time of the season at Stowe last Tuesday, and was very pleased with how they worked there. (It was the hard, windblown, skied-off conditions of the weekend before, at the EpicSki Eastern Tune-Up at Stowe, that really convinced me of the edging prowess of the boots.)
And Fischer's new boots have now proven themselves at the highest level: Nicole Hosp won the Madonna di Campiglio World Cup Slalom on Wednesday, with the fastest times in both runs, on Fischer Somatec boots. This was after a second place in the Park City GS. In news reports, she attributes "a large part of her success" to the change of boots. She's the only World Cup athlete I am aware of who has switched to the Fischer boot--but I'll bet others are taking note now! Not bad for a boot in its first year on the market! Way to go, Nicole!
The Fischer boot works. It is among the most innovative products of any kind on the skiing market today. My hat is off to Fischer's designers--you have my sincere admiration and gratitude!