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Fischer RC4 110 Vaccum -- Does Vacuuming "Loosen" the Fit?

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I recently purchased a pair of Fischer RC4 110's with the vacuum fit off the internet as a replacement for a four year old pair of Solomon Quest Access 80s that I bought four years ago when I was just getting into the sport and was nowhere near the skier that I am now. I received them a few days ago and after trying them on, I've noticed that after wearing them for ~30 minutes, my feet begin to go numb and are red and tingly when I take the boot off. They are the identical shell size(338mm -- Mondo 29.5) as my old boots, so I'm guessing it's partially because I'm not used to a narrower, more performance oriented boot, but I have no way to know if that's for certain or not.

 

I know that the vacuum fitting process molds the boot to your specific foot, but is the range that it can work with enough to correct for that issue, or should I send them back and try something else? I'm hesitant to have them molded because they're mine for good once I do that, but at the same time they seem to be a great boot (and I got them for a great price) and thus I'd like to stick with them if the molding will solve my issues. I tried to do some research on the molding process and didn't get very far, so if any of you have experience working with it, I'd greatly appreciate your input. 

 

Thank you!

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 I recently purchased a pair of Fischer RC4 110's with the vacuum fit off the internet as a replacement for a four year old pair of Solomon Quest Access 80s

 

 

and there in lies the problem... irrespective of them being the same sole length you have replaced a 104mm lasted boot (these last measurements are in a size 26.5) with a 98mm lasted boot, this is where you need a boot fitter who is looking at your foot and the boot and can guide you through the process.

 

the vac process is not a vacuum at all, it is actually pressure, it is designed to allow the boot to contour around your foot, so yes in theory it will loosen the fit and it can tighten it in other places too, but like any boot there are limitations to what it can do... only someone with your feet in front of them can tell you if what you have is "within the parameters of adjustment"

 

best thing is get to a trusted fitter who has the vac machine and ask their opinion, having bought them on line be prepared to pay a fairly high price to have them moulded though

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Fischer vacuum boots have a tendecy to run short internally..(regardless of the sole length). Expect to pay for the Vac Service.. Most shops may not guarenntee your fit once molded since vac boot was not bought at their store. There is a lot of work molding and tweaking (adjusting) vac boots..it can be time consuming.. I second seeing a boot fitter to make sure you are buying proper fitting boot...
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