Tele Kid, I really like my Alico Ski March. However it fits my feet, so that's half the battle. I could easily handle a Fischer S-112' with this boot. It is a bit heavy, it might be close to my T-4 in weight. I don't have a scale. It isn't as powerful as a T-4, however the T-4 doesn't have that sweet leather flex. There is a pretty long review section. I'm happy I bought mine. Good luckTele kid wrote:Wish I could buy another pair of Andrew’s North Rim boots. Can’t remember, too much herb, but roughly ten + yrs old. There still my go to aggressive boot but this summer they need a cobble shop bad. Years back sent some Merrill boots to Rocky Mt Resoal. Like hearing there may be a place in NH.
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- Ski style: Backcountry in the wild, cross country on trails
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I first got the Alico Ski March for 50 pounds including shipping off Ebay, but after one outing they have a delaminating sole I still need to fix. This kind of spooked me in terms of reliability so in a pinch I got new Crispi Bre to have "failsafe" boots, these are noticeably lighter than the Alicos, with less heel support but are much more comfortable for XC, and seem to offer significantly better downhill control than my Stetinds did. I cannot yet compare the Alicos to the Crispi Bre directly, with just one outing on either. My newest acquisition (and probably the last one for now, until I get some serious use out of my current boot lineup): Asolo Extreme Racers. I got them in pretty good condition second hand for the price of a sixpack. They fit well albeit somewhat tight (they are half a euro size smaller than the Crispi Bre). From just briefly having them on my foot I don't think they are suitable for any medium to long range XC trip, as they seem way to stiff for enjoyable K&G. These are proper Telemark boots and I will probably use them for vertical tours only. Also at a weight of 1850g each (size 45.5), these are just as heavy as full blown plastic 75mm boots. That said, I think they are gorgeous, in their own way with the 4 buckles.
Roelant, I also think those are gorgeous. If you decide they are too small for you, let me know -- although they are probably a bit big for me...
I do wish that Asolo still made leather ski boots, as they fit me very well, and, IME, their leather welted boots last a long time... I have two pair of Asolo ski boots: the Snowpine and the Extreme Plus. I bought the Snowpines new in 1987, and the Extreme Plus boots new in about 1990. I used the Snowpines for all my free-heel skiing, including at the ski area, until I got the Extreme Plus boots, which I then used for area skiing and steeper backcountry touring and peak descents.
I still use both boots: the Snowpines fairly regularly, as they are great for kick-and-glide tours; and the Extreme Plus for when it is more of an xcD tour. The Extreme Plus weighs as much as my Scarpa T4, but of course the leather boot is better on the kick-and-glide portions.
Asolo Extremes have a steel plate in the sole of the boots and the sides are loaded with plastic, plus are nearly as heavy as Excursions. Asolo Snowfields or Snowfields 2s are a much better option for good leather flex and feel.
Are you saying that a leather boot, because it returns to it's original shape when wet and twisted, provides some sort of "power and finesse" for a skier? If so, that has got to be the most inane ski-related thing I've ever heard from you. It's right up there with your classic "double camber helps you spring across streams."
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