Fischer RC7 Skate My Style ReviewJune 2, 2016
- Responsive power transfer
- Forgiving on ankles
- Nice lacing/closure system
- Feels bulky
- External instep strap feels superfluous
There are many things to love about the Fischer RC7 Skate My Style. It’s thoughtfully designed with user-focused features, and performs quite well in all conditions. Though made with a special last for the female foot, the fit is wider throughout than other comparable women-specific foots. Overall, it is an excellent choice for women who want solid performance without shelling out top dollar.
This boot offers an especially roomy toebox, perfect for accommodating wider feet or bunions without feeling too wide or sloppy throughout the rest of the boot; the heel cup, however, is roomier than in other boots we tested. The inner quicklace dials down the fit well, though it is quite short so adjustability is somewhat limited.
The stiff sole and plastic cuff offer a great deal of torsional rigidity, so responsiveness doesn’t suffer, especially when powering through tighter curves on the ski track, or huffing it uphill. For those with narrow feet, the extra width throughout the boot, from heel to toe, may lead to a bit of side-to-side slop inside—which can translate to slightly compromised power transfer to the ski.
The lightweight, super-thin quicklace adjusting the boot lining is easy to operate and snugs down the fit nicely. The external Velco strap at the ankle is designed well—easy to secure and placed so as not to interfere with the zipper of the lace cover. Though the lower, external Velcro strap is designed, in theory, for an extra dialed fit, it has to be cranked on quite hard (and to the point of creating an unpleasant pressure point atop the instep) for any measurable effect to be felt beyond what the internal lace already takes care of.
With a full-size tongue, foam collar lining the cuffs all the way around, and the usual hinged, plastic rear cuff, the RC7 Skate My Style offers ample ankle support. The hinges on the rear cuff sit much lower on this boot than in the others we tested, which leaves the ankle less prone to rubbing or irritation than in boots with rigid plastic hinges placed much closer to the ankle bones.
Wide-footed skiers are most likely to find comfort in this boot. The insole has a rather pronounced arch, which some may appreciate (particularly those seeking a boost in arch support), while others may not. Overall, the boot is a comfortable choice, though it does feel a touch bulkier than others tested in this round. However, it scores a bonus point or two for the thoughtful placement of the plastic cuff hinges, which fussy ankles are sure to appreciate.