Fischer's Vacuum-FIT Boot System
In our 40+ years of fitting ski boots, the Fischer Vacuum-FIT boot series represents one of the few times that a product has been introduced that is truly a game changer.
The Vacuum-FIT boot doesn’t just get wider where it needs to be wider or taller where it needs to be taller. It actually gets smaller where it needs to be smaller (to everybody out there who has dreamed of a boot that really, truly locks down the heel, take a few deep breaths and try to contain yourselves). Not only does the Vacuum’s Fit process take care of shape, but it also corrects stance. The boot cuff moves to a more neutral stance relative to the skier’s lower leg, assuring the skier is standing flat, resulting in easier simultaneous edge initiation.
Salter’s is inventorying a wide-range of Fischer Vacuum-FIT boots. Use the following link for a description of the models we carry (Fischer Vacuum-FIT models) We also have the ability to special order any other Vacuum-FIT boots as needed.
Fischer has been developing the Vacuum boot technology since 2004. The original intent was to create a shell material that would maintain flex characteristics across a wide range of temperatures. As a by-product Fischer found their proprietary Vacu-Plast shell material had great molding capacity that could be accomplished quickly and at a reasonable cost.
The fitting process is straightforward: you put the boots on and your stance and preferred forward lean is measured and recorded on the Fit Station (stand). The boot shells are then placed in an oven and heated to 175 degrees Fahrenheit for about twelve minutes. You then put the boots back on, and the technician wraps a cold pack around each boot, then a “vacuum” compression jacket (think of the doctor’s blood pressure cuff) is wrapped over that. Back on the stand, the compression jacket is then inflated, exerting an inward pressure on the boot that molds the shell to the contours of the foot and locks in stance and forward lean preferences. After a prescribed time the skier steps off the stand and the boots are pulled off and allowed to set for 12 hours so the plastic can re-crystallize.
FISCHER VACU-PLAST – A REVOLUTIONARY SKI BOOT MATERIAL
A patented Fischer high tech polymer (Vacu-Plast) is used for Vacuum-FIT boot shells. It was developed exclusively for ski boots and has exceptional material properties:
Thermo-formable at 170°F with Fischer Vacuum-FIT process
Lighter weight (-15 %) than conventional polyurethane (PU)
Superior vibration damping compared to conventional PU
Temperature stability from +70° to -5°F, twice the range as conventional PU
Adaptive last: the shell adapts automatically to the foot by up to +/- 5 mm according to foot width
Adjustable Forward Lean: the forward lean of the boot can be adapted from 14°-17° according to skiing ability
Minor to moderate stance corrections can be accounted for during fitting process