UPDATE: Fischer Vacuum 130 Revisited
After a whole summer of sitting on the shelf I was really interested I feeling how these boots would fit and perform. Taos had been open for a few days and I had already put a couple days in on my Lange RX 130s.
My first thought when I unbuckled the Fischer boot was, Wow, these things hold their shape really well! I mean the cuff wrap was stiff!
Other boots hold their shape, but this was a whole different animal. It actually took a little effort to pull the cuff open, and even then, the arc did not change much. I put the boots on and they felt exactly the way they had back in April when I skied them last. The way these boots wrap around the foot, ankle, and lower leg before they are even buckled is like no other. I headed to lift 1, anxious to get some turns in.
Like most places, early season skiing in Taos typically means man-made snow on groomers, but recent snow fall meant that the conditions were markedly better than that. Lifts 1 and 2 were spinning, giving me plenty of options to put this new technology to work.
Just like last spring, as soon as I stood up from the lift, the feeling of being FLAT on my skis was immediately apparent. The slightest roll of the ankle made edge change sublime. The Vacuum requires such little effort to produce so much response, it is truly amazing. I attribute this to not only the precise fit of the Vacuum shell, but to the Soma Tech stance that Fischer has incorporated into their boots from the beginning.
My first run was Bambi to White Feather to Powderhorn, and I was skiing my Dynastar Prorider 105. (The Prorider 105 is my primary ski for any and all conditions. I know what to expect from it, so it is the perfect ski for me to test boots.)
I start down Bambi from the top of chair 2 straight lining to gain speed. It doesn’t take long to reach a reasonable velocity at which the ski will perform. I start rolling the skis over, and turn initiation is subtle and silky smooth. I continue all the way down to the bottom of chair 1, effortlessly arcing huge GS turns with a big grin on my face.
After reaching the top again, I take Honeysuckle around the backside. I’m just letting the skis run, only turning when and where needed, totally confident in the control these boots give me. I am more convinced than ever that this technology is a game changer.
All that’s left is the test of time. I am fairly confident that this boot will pass that test quite easily. I have seen a lot of other technologies come and go; I think this one is here to stay.
Ski fast and leave a narrow track!