Alpina's women's-specific BC 1550 is a best-selling boot for good reason.
- Item #ALP0219
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
I have always worn Alpina Nordic Skate and Classic boots and the fit has been superb. Unfortunately, there seems to be a design flaw with this particular boot. The hard plastic heel portion on the exterior of the boot does not come up high enough before it goes to the soft material to hold the heel in place. Otherwise I loved the feel of the boot but the lack of heel support would definitely have caused substantial blisters. A little heel slide in the backcountry is fine but this boot had way too much.
Wanted to love them
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I went through 2 pairs of these boots last winter for my Nordic ski patrol job and unfortunately I too fell prey to the awful blisters of these boots. They did "get the job done" but left me unable to ski if I did any day longer than 6-8 miles. The Velcro on the ankle strap also began to come apart just 2 weeks out of the box.
Wanted to love them since they're Alpinas... But I just couldn't do it.
Alpina BC 1550
an awesome boot
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I just got back from another ski with these boots and have to share that I love them! I go out daily, often on ungroomed or snowmobile trails so i wanted a setup that would give me some ankle support, be warm, and comfortable. I have gone for 3 12 + miles skiis now in these and they are great! I have my orthotics in them and they fit fine, so thats a plus. I've been out in really cold, very snowy, and warm temps and all have been no issues. I matched these up with the Rossi BC 70 skis and they are an awesome team!
Comfortable, warm, but stitching worn off
These boots are comfortable, warm, and supportive without being too stiff. The fit was as advertised (I wear size 8; 39 was a little small, and 40 fits but is a bit roomy- I wear thick socks). The only problem I encountered was that the stitching on the upper part of the tongue came out after ony 6-8 wearings. That part rubs against the upper part of the boot as you ski and bend. Backcountry has sent me a new pair. Hopefully it was jus a defect in the first pair.
these boots destroy my feet. It's hard to find a wide slection of BC XC boots so i felt somewhat trapped by Alpina. I think my foot just doesn't fit their design, the heel is wider than mine so i get blisters every single time i use them (despite copious moleskin, duct tape, inserts, etc.). For many they can work, but if you have a narrow heel, save yourself the agony!!
Happy Feet with these Alpina Backcountry Boots
These boots go well with the Alpina Rotefella NNN BC Auto Binding - Item #ALP0206.
I was debating between these and the Alpina BC 200L Touring Ski Boot and went with these because I tend to have cold feet and the extra support can't hurt when you're out trailblazing. I took them out tonight and I was very happy with their performance. They were easy to get on/off and my feet stayed plenty warm. I felt that they gave me plenty of support and I was trail breaking in about 8-9" inches of fresh (but heavy) snow.
Great boots, they should last me a long time.
Sizing was spot on - I got the 38s which is exactly right for my foot.
The man and I went out for a sweet little 8 mile tour near Mt. Audobon in CO this weekend. No blisters after 4 hours of touring! The conditions were thin and we had to do lots of technical side stepping over rock and up steep muddy sections. These boots are stable, yet light, and COMFY! I was really impressed with this boot. I have a wide toe box and a short foot. It's usually pretty difficult for me to find something that doesn't pinch the sides of my feet. This boot works great for me.
Great response time
Stuff got here within days. I have not had a chance to try the equipment yet, but service time is great!
D0 these Boots have a hidden zipper? Alpina...
D0 these Boots have a hidden zipper? Alpina BC 1550 Cross Country Backcountry Boot- Womens?
no hidden zipper : below the laces is just the tongue
So the water(snow)proofness is quite poor
Can anyone tell me whether these boots run...
Can anyone tell me whether these boots run small, large or are true to size? Thanks!
true to length wide toe box and heel and it will pack out after first few tours
HiI have a couple of questions. I?m fairly...
HiI have a couple of questions. I’m fairly new to this sport. I inherited an older pair of Fisher crown touring skis. The bindings say Salomon SNS Profil Auto Binding. I think they are a decent pair of skis. But I want to explore more off trails. So now I’m on a quest to find a good boot that will work with the SNS binding. I was looking at the Alpina Women's BC 1550 NNN Backcountry Boot. Will this boot or any other NNN type work well with the Salomon SNS Profil Auto Binding. Or does it have to be specific to the SNS binding. Would it be better to change to a different binding? Also is this a decent boot and is it true to size? Or does anyone have any recommendationsThanks for any information I appreciategoobie
No, I have the Salomon SNS binding on my skiis, and this boot does not fit them. The only boots I have found compatible with the Salomon SNS binding are Salomon boots.
having a tough time finding binding/boot...
having a tough time finding binding/boot compatibilities? what is the difference between bbb and sns bindings?
Although both SNS & NNN binding systems rely on the same basic idea (single metal rod/pin in toe of boot that attaches boot to binding & thus ski), they vary slightly in pin width and pattern of soles. Unfortunately, these difference make it virtually impossible to use a boot designed for SNS with an NNN binding. In this case, look for any binding that is labeled as NNN BC (Backcountry stocks many).