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Lawrence

Lawrence

NW CT, Western Mass, NH

Lawrence's Passions

Alpine Touring
Trad Climbing
Telemark Skiing
Nordic Skiing
Backpacking
Trail Running
Mountain Biking
Sport Climbing
Kayaking

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Lawrence

Lawrence wrote a review of on January 21, 2012

5 5

These skis have proven time and time again to be a versatile and yet forgiving ski in all terrains. Be it woodland, upland or the occasional jaw dropping telemarking ride downhill. They're a well made pair of skis and the metal edges really make all the difference. Couple this with some Rottefella BC bindings and Alpina BC 1550 and the marriage is pure harmony.
The grip is very true while the width gives great stability. All of this comes with trade offs; if you are used to classic skis then these will come as a surprise in the weight category but this minor difference is clearly offset with the sheer delight of the ability to step off onto the beaten trail and get out into new territory. All in all; a great ski.

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Lawrence wrote a review of on March 25, 2011

4 5

The BC1550 is a great boot. The shell is hard but not something you'd want to take on an expedition. The tongue is somewhat unique in that it is outside of the lacing area rather than tucked inside but there is method to this madness as it forms a remarkable barrier that an interleaved tongue can't achieve. There was no 'breaking-in' ceremony of lesions and blisters and I found I could wear the boot straight out of the box to ski in as much time as I could lace it.
Support is vital when it comes to BC boots and the Alpina's have it in spades. A stiff exoskeleton type of support structure enables you to really cut hard on turns while remaining stable.
If there were to be improvements to the design, it would be on the internal tongue, which feels cheap. On putting the boot on, you have to undo the whole velcro strap and then affix the laces to tie.
The loops to feed the laces through are situated under the velcro strap and receiver and should be the hooks that the rest of the boot have.
The boot clips in and out of the bindings with ease and walking around is as easy as a normal pair of boots although far more comfortable.
Overall, a good boot - attention to design and manufacturing. It's a good investment and will help on those day long or longer journeys.

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Lawrence wrote a review of on March 13, 2011

4 5

The build is extremely good and the two tone colours make for difference, if you are into pure aesthetics. After unpacking them and taking a long severe look at them, I'm still at odds with a 'bit of plastic' to go under the arch of the boot as I can see this becoming ragged very soon on walking over rocks and other landscapes. Having said that - they are very waterproof- very hard wearing (the uppers) and comfortable. The hook and the velcro fastening took some getting used to. My old pair fastened at the back. My Asolo's will take the hook but it feels as though the gaiter is being pulled a little too much. The velcro fastener is rock steady and tight.

All in all, a very good gaiter for winter expeditions and cross country skiing; Spring and Fall hiking and well worth the investment.

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