Gotta love a a stiffy.
- Dual-density Pebax shell with carbon fiber-wrapped instep for maximum torsional stiffness and stability
- Four-buckle design with micro-adjustments for a customizable fit and minimal shell flex
- Thermomoldable liner forms to fit exactly around your foot
- Rubberized knobby sole for solid traction while you claw your way up to the next shot
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2010 Crispi XR - Jon's take
My first pair of XRs last year only made it a few days before the bellows piece separated from the toe section of the boot. Returning them to the manufacturer (Alpina Sports) facilitated by backcountry.com made the warranty exchange rather easy. I have about 10 days on the new XRs and so far no problems. They are certainly a stiff telemark boot, similar to how I expect a T1 is (though I have never skied a T1). Using G3 bindings, I found that the stiffest springs are required. With the softer all-mountain cartridges, the boot wouldnt flex at all and all of the lift came out of the binding. After installing the world cup cartridges, the boot stayed engaged at the toe and began to flex (a little). These are super stiff boots in the flex out of the box and need to go through a break-in period before they begin to feel good in a tele turn under the ball of the foot. Because of the alpine boot like stiffness, they are fantastic in parallel turns and traverses. I am training to be on a ski patrol and therefore appreciated the stiff boots in running toboggans, especially in bumps where tele turns arent very useful and side slipping and backsliding is. The fit of Crispis is great for my foot. The thermoform liners are adequate but dont seem to take on as much shape as the ones that were in my old broken CXUs (my favorite boot of all time).
What is the width like on this boot?
What is the width like on this boot?
Scarpa, BD ad the new Garmonts are all too narrow for me.
I need about 105 in the last.
I have been skiing Crispi CXR for ~6 years...
I have been skiing Crispi CXR for ~6 years now and am looking for new boots. I have loved the CXR and am thinking about getting the XR, but I am torn between the XR and T1. I ski mostly on the east coast, don't get a ton of days, but stomp it when I do. I ski mostly resort, but usually get in a few days of skinning every year. Thoughts?
I by far prefer the T1 over any other boot. Scarpa makes the stiffest, most durable tele boot around. You get a more custom forward lean, a stiffer, smoother forward flex, more lateral stiffness, and excellent comfort. The T1 is about 15oz heavier, though, but the extra weight is what makes them perform better. I have found Crispi boots to get soft and break down over time. Not so with the Scarpas. I have well over 200 days on my T1's and they're as good as the first day I skied them, minus some scuffs and scrapes and the smell. I would wear my boots for twelve hours straight, or more, and was always comfortable. Great boots.
I just acquired a pair of XRs this season and they are the best tele boots that I have ever skied. Hands down. It is tough out here in Colorado to find them. Great boots. They do everything very well. I had a pair of T-1s that I liked very much, but I like these better. I have toured with them quite a bit on both a pair of G3 Barons and BD Megawatts. I have Voile Switchbacks on the Barons... a great combination. The boots are comfortable and warm. The fit is similar to Scarpa, but the toe box is a little bigger, which works well for me. The heel pocket is deep and secure. For pushing around big skis, these babies rule. They have smooth forward flex and plenty of stiffness to drive the Megawatts through whatever I point them through. I am a pretty aggressive skier, so these may not be the best choice for a beginner, but I am sold. So far about 25 days in them this season. The soles may wear out faster than the Scarpas, but other than that, they have stood up well.
I spent 2 seasons on the XRs, and I am now on my second season on the T1s, and I must say the T1 is a higher quality boot. Both in build quality and symmetry of flex, as well as durability. The comfort of each boot depends on the shape of your foot, and the quality of your fitting, but the heat moldable liners make that a negligible difference. My XRs had an issue with the power strap where the velcro was misplaced too far along the strap for any real benefit. I later had this altered to remove the slack, but it was a bit annoying.
Jack's comment about softening is on track for the Crispis. The XR tends to relax noticeably more than the scarpas, especially around the bellows. That is not to say that T1s dont get skied in at all, they certainly do, but small details such as these make for the difference between a great boot and a really great boot.
is there any difference between 28 and...
is there any difference between 28 and 28.5 in the Crispi XR Dynamic? I've been hearing that lately with some boots there isn't.
For some boots, the shell does not come in half sizes, but the liners do. They wouldn't make up half sizes.
I'm wearing a 28.5 in Scarpa T-1. It's a...
I'm wearing a 28.5 in Scarpa T-1. It's a bit large (I've got some spenco insoles in the liner to take up space). Any ideas of what size to get in the Crispi XR Dynamic?
The sizing between the brands is pretty much the same. If your Scarpas are running large, I'd go for a 27.5 or a 27. I wouldn't give up on Scarpa, yet, though. Crispis don't last as long, and they're not as stiff as Scarpas. In my experience, Crispis don't perform as well, or hold up to long seasons of use. My Scarpa T1's are solid after 200+ days, and are as good as ever.
Does anyone know if the Crispi's fit like...
Does anyone know if the Crispi's fit like a Garmont or the wider Scarpa boots? Also, are Crispi's ok for touring?
I think most boot are coming to a norm; that is Scarpa's are not that wide anymore. This is not as narrow as the old Crispi with the wrap around instep. Also the baffle is super stiff, not flexible like the old ones. I've had this boot for 2 years and it's the stiffest boot I've ever had. Stiffer than a T1 but I don't know if it's a stiff as a T-Race. Not good for touring in general; to stiff, hard to walk in, but if your looking for maximum downhill performance it' s probable better for touring than the T-Race.