Supportive, warm boots so you can save those 3-pin bindings from the landfill.
- Fits 75mm 3-pin bindings
- Padded tongue for comfort and warmth
- HF heel counter for stability
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Alpina Blazer Touring Boot
I received the boots in less then a week. I have skied every day for the last four weeks. The Spring skiing experience in Minnesota has been great. With these boots and my Alpina Back Country skis, it has been a pure delight to head "off the trails" and ski where ever I find snow. With our 10,000+ lakes, still frozen and snow covered, this is a paradise. The folks at BackCountry.com delivered, on time, very good price, and a great product. Can't wait until next season for more skiing, with these boots, and a happy outlook.
What size would I take if I normally wear...
What size would I take if I normally wear a Ladies 7 wide?
3 pin Skating Boot.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I have been using this boot for skating with a waxable classic ski and Trak Pinso 3-pin binding. I can no longer use the boot binding combinations that are sold for skating because the pivot point lies too far aft. The 3-pin bindings are stabler and easier on my knees. However, kick&glide diagonal stride skiing with this boot gives me too much pain in the foot that has been injured in the past. It is also a tight fit given that the ankle is swollen slightly.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
If you need a 3 pin binding, you're stuck. This is the only boot available and it absolutely does NOT hold up. By the 2nd ski, the front of the boot was peeling away from the sole. We have our new boots held together with shoe goo and duct tape. This was true for both my wife's new pair and mine. Consider changing the binding and getting different boots.
Boots run small
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Purchased these boot to try out with an old pair of 3-pin x-c skis. Couldn't get my feet into them. They are narrow and seem a bit small for the size rating. Definitely try a size or two larger than you expect to need.
These boots are bloody awful, and I do mean bloody. I used them twice and after each use (across very tame terrain) I came home with bloody blisters on the tops of my feet. The problem is that when you raise your heel to push forward on your ski the top of the boot bites down onto your feet. Since this is one of only a few motions that are required for x-country skiing I think these boots are a total fail. I would not recommend this boot to anyone who I did not hate. There are far better boots at this price level (try Whitewoods XC.)
Not meant for heavy use.
I did research in Alaska last summer which required me to ski across most of the environment. The boot is comfortable, but provides little to no support on skis, making them challenging on the downhill. The sole is extremely flexible, making a twisted ankle more likely. Half way through the summer the main stitch running on the inside of the foot blew out, and i had to resort to duct taping my boot the rest of the summer. I dont recommend this boot outside of leisure.
Lots of postage and still no boots.
I was excited to get new ski boots and ordered the same size my old ones were. They were way too small! I sent them back and ordered the next size. I waited and waited and for some reason my order had been canceled. I paid 6.99 return postage off of my credit. I finally checked and another order was placed. I received them and they were too narrow. Another 6.99 for return shipping and still no boots. I am not ordering any type of shoe online again, $14.00 to try on boots!
Yeah, skis no longer have to go into the landfill!
My wife and I have 30 year old skis, they are fine, our boots were shot. We really didn't want to spend $500+ for new equipment. I was very happy to find these boots. Warm, comfortable and dry...a little stiff, but they will break in nicely. We saved our old skis:)
Terrific boot! I've used them numerous times thus far without any difficulty. They do seem to run a bit small, though. Glad to know that they're still being manufactured!
I've skied since the 1980's and I still prefer the three pin binding to anything being manufactured today.
Great boot for a great price
I bought these cross country ski boots over the internet, they fit perfectly right out of the box, true to size. Before skiing in them I did have to bend the souls to limber them up, they are too stiff otherwise. If you don't bend the souls and make them more pliable this boot will rub your heel terribly. It also helps to tie them very tight at the top to minimize the heel slippage. I would certainly recommend this boot for anyone, like me, who just gets to ski once in awhile.
I live in North Texas, in Burleson, near Fort Worth. We just had a rare snow event that allowed me to take these boots out for a 3 hour ski, no problems, no hot spots on my feet, not blisters of any kind. I wore work socks. My feet stayed dry (other than sweat) and the boots remained firmly locked onto the pins of the skis.
If you have old style pin skis and need a boot to keep those skis out of mothballs then this is the boot to get.
I purchased these boots about 2 years ago...
I purchased these boots about 2 years ago and have really only used them a handful of times but everytime I go out, I can hardly stand to be on my skis after about 20 minutes. I know these boots run narrow but I'm about an 8.5-9 in womens so I ordered a 41. I have tries thin socks and extra socks. It's still very painful on the outsides of my feet. No blisters, but almost like a bad cramp in my foot. I guess I'm wondering if this has to do with the boot being narrow or if it's just the wrong size. Love to ski! Please help!
I just returned these boots myself - they ran too narrow for my foot, with the same place of pain. I even tried next size up, and same problem. Ended up going to a local outdoor gear shop and got a pair of leather 3-pin boots, and they pinch a little, but the store is working with me to make them fit right with inserts, etc, and almost got them feeling just right. Won't buy boots online again; not worth it.
I used to fit boots in a few different retail shops. Sounds like the 'too narrow' problem that feels like a cramp may be sorted out by a footbed with improved arch support. My feet pronate (arches flatten out, pushing a bone too close to the surface of my skin. Painful in performance footwear) a bit and all I need is a little extra arch support. Skiing, biking, everything is better.
I have a pair of Fischer Super Crown cross...
I have a pair of Fischer Super Crown cross country skis from around 1983 and need a pair of 3 pin boots. Will these boots fit my skis and if so, what size would I order if I wear a womens 8.5 shoe?
Joan, I'm not 100% sure if the boots will fit your skis, but my skis were extra old and the boots worked great. I'm also an 8.5 (sometimes 9) and had to get a size 41. The 40s "fit", but didn't leave much room for thick socks or toe movement.
Okay boot for price, but there is much better
This boot was okay for one season of moderate use, but didn't make it through season two. The boot is comfortable, warm, and light, but has some construction flaws. The stitching on the front of the boot (between the black and silver parts) ripped open twice and had to be repaired. On the third rip, I gave up on them. In addition two grommets broke off during lacing. Maybe I was just too rough with them, but I like my boots laced tight. For the price, they are an okay buy, but I won't be getting them again. I've upgraded to Rossignol BC-X, which are heavier and more expensive, but I think they offer much better construction and support.
I have two old pairs of Trak cross country...
I have two old pairs of Trak cross country skis from 1981 time frame. Will these 3 pin boots fit the Trak bndings?
I, too, am looking for boots to fit my Trak skiis with 3 pin bindings that I have had since 1983. I did a liitle research and found that there are 2 sizes of "3-pin" boots and bindings. There are 50 mm and 75mm. The difference is the width of the tip or "bill" of the boot which rests inside the toe of the binding. The smaller (50mm) is about 1.5 inches in width, the 75 mm is about 2.5 inches. Measure the inside of your binding where the tip of the boot would rest. I found that my bindings are 75 mm. If yours are the same, these boots would fit your 3 pin skiis.
Pat, You're a blessing. You not only (probably) solved Doug's dilemma, you solved mine as well.
I'm 72 years young next week. Have a beloved old pair of Janvrin 205s and with my equally ancient Artex shoes I'm well into my second hundred miles on them. Darn right shoe separated from its sole the other day just as I started off. All those years of attic heat finally got to the sole glue I guess.. Local shops just laughed when I said I wanted 3 pin shoes. I know 75 MM from nothing. Didn't dare order until I KNEW. Was about to consult on-line conversion charts etc. until I read your post. Yippee!! The old Janvrins are 2.5 inches (plus a bit) wide so I'm ordering now and paying for fast delivery too. Great x-country Winter in Southern NH this year. NOT going to miss it.
Thanks again and good gliding.
Joe Kenick Jr.
Alpina Blazer Touring Boot
I ordered a pair of boots for both my husband and myself. We had old skis and poles that we couldn't use because of the style of binding. I did a lot of research and decided there was nothing wrong with the binding style just needed "old style" boots. After a bit of searching I found these. They were great. Both pairs fit properly. They were comfortable and locked perfectly into the bindings. Thanks for carrying these!
Great boot for the price
This is a great boot for the price. Had mine for 1 year and just ordered another for my spouse. Extra grommet would add to the boot. Great fit for female with narrow heal. Warm boot at minus 10.
So Far So Good
I like the way they feel and the fit is perfect. I start skiing this month of a groomed track and expect the boots to perform as designed. Will write more after a months of use.
The boot is a tad bit oversized but it is moderately warm and comfortable. I was in 2 feet of new powder for over 3 hours and my feet just started to get cold. The looseness in the heel and toe box was corrected by a second pair of sox. I am looking forward to the next trip.