Fischer Zephyr 11 Vacuum ReviewMay 29, 2015
- Comfortable out of the box, even without bootfitting
- Suitable for both narrow or wider-footed gals
- Fischer-trained expert bootfitter required to fit
- No walk mode
- Slippery soles
On the mountain, this boot drives the ski with above-average precision. Performance-wise, it wasn’t the best or the worst we tested. It gets the job done without making you think too hard, which is always a good thing. You’ll pick this boot mainly for its customizable fit.
“Stiff-ish,” was how one tester described the downhill performance in these boots. At 110 flex, they’re powerful enough for strong skiers, but they’re not overwhelming for rising intermediates. Their real beauty lies in how your feet will feel inside them, which is not crammed, pinched, or frozen. Even better, the boots can fit pretty much any foot width, from skinny to wide. The boot comes with a mid-range 100-millimeter last, but the width can be adjusted plus or minus five millimeters thanks to the vacuum process. We tested these boots right off the shelf—no bootfitting or vacuum molding—and they skied and fit great. Chances are, they’re even better after a custom fit.
You’ll ski this boot anywhere on the mountain, from groomers to powder. It’s a do-everything-well machine that won’t let you down. You won’t be taking this boot for much of a hike—it has no walk mode and the soles felt a touch slippery—but if going down, not up, is your thing, this boot has you covered.
The toe box is made from a blend of neoprene and lycra, which can be stretched and tightened to your foot. It wasn’t the warmest liner we’ve felt and there are no fuzzy and soft frills here, but our feet stayed dry and comfortable even on a chilly Colorado day.
Some more walk-friendly features, like a walk mode or stickier soles, would have been nice even just for tromping around the lodge. These boots are built for going down, and that’s it. Also, they’re pricy.