(Post sponsored by Cripple Creek Backcountry.)
We got the Fischer beef boots, field testing to commence when winter (hopefully) arrives shortly here in the PNW. For now, quick look.
Conclusion: For the most part, a worthy addition to the beef shoe genre. We think the walk-ski mech needs extensive field vetting. As for use in free-touring bindings, the “normal” shaped sole (Vibram brand GripWalk) appears to be okay for Salomon/Atomic SHIFT, and doubtless will function with Fritschi Tecton as well as various classic tech bindings (though pairing this beefy a boot with minimalist bindings makes about as much sense as bolting a Mercury Sea Pro 300 HP outboard motor to a kayak). Claimed “99 mm” last will make some skiers happy, while wider footed others will be seeking the boot fitter’s punching skills. Use of Grilamid plastic results in reasonable weight for a free-touring class boot, though you can perhaps do better in the mass department.
Weight size 27.5 (confirmed): 1602 grams (Fischer claimed weight: 1540 grams)
Last width: 99mm
Walk mode range of motion: 55 degrees
Tech inserts: Dynafit certified
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Louie Dawson earned his Bachelor Degree in Industrial Design from Western Washington University in 2014. When he’s not skiing Mount Baker or somewhere equally as snowy, he’s thinking about new products to make ski mountaineering more fun and safe.