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Snowy Mountains and Victoria Alps, Australia

SnowCamper's Bio

Fresh snow, some downhill and a little backcountry. Snow camping is great. It's you vs the elements. Live each day like its yours.


SnowCamperwrote a review of on August 27, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 154 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I worn these in a blizzard and they make it feel like a pleasant day. It's defining protection against the elements. The material is durable, windproof and waterproof. It keeps the snow out and keeps you dry. There are lots of pockets and it has side vents for the good weather days. I'll be buying more from this company as I impressed with my first purchase.





SnowCamperwrote a review of on July 27, 2011

1 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

There must be a batch problem with this boot. A number of good reviews and a number of bad ones. For the pair I bought, Alpina deserve to be admonished. Here are the faults:
(1) They leak like a sieve around the toe area - wet toes are guaranteed.
(2) The box toe construction presses hard onto the toes delivering punishing blisters after only short trips
(3) Too flexible in its construction to be a backcountry boot - insufficient transfer of power from 'knee-to-ski' when attempting turns downhill, especially in icy conditions.
(4) The lacing system needs re-work:
(i) The laces have no flex, which prevents a truly snug fit that is essential for a ski boot.
(ii) The upper hook laces bend under strain and the lower lace holders do not grip the lace as you tighten, meaning you need to re-tension the lace several times as you pull excess lace through each hole. A 'D' ring lace system would have been better.
I am returning these boots.

Alpina need to conduct some quality assurance testing on their boots and see if there is a concern with their manufacturing process. The boot may simply require re-design, which is probably the case.

Thankyou to Backcountry for your generous return policy. I will now shop for a better boot.