mipivor1946188 wrote a review of Alpina Tracker Ski on January 29, 2014
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I bought a pair of these this season after I had a bought a pair for my wife last season I kept using her skis instead of my own. They are light, but the full metal edge gives them good control . I use them on track and offtrack in low lying hills in the woods of NH . I ski 175 length which is shorter then recommended for my wt 175 punds, but they still glide great and climb well. The shorter length helps get around those trees and narrow trails. I have liked the alpina and rossignol wax positve base patterns in New England for grip with our frequent crusty conditions compared to fischer neg bases which I find has grip issues if not in powder or melting snow/slush. I mounted NNN bindings w combi skate/diagnol ski boots . I am using the fischer rc3 which is very similar to the alpina ssk sold at backcountry. See my review of the ssk combi boot. I do not skate ski , but these boots give great control for their light weight with these skis compared to nordic classic ski boots of the same weight . They give me as much control as my thick soul asolo snowfield leather boots which is 1 pound heavier per boot. This is true even with a rottefella supertelemark 3 pin bindings which is on my wife's skis . These do not have cable just the front pins . Between my combi boots and this light ski w NNN touring bindings , I feel I have feathers on my feet sking aroung the woods , but still have good control w turns . Sure is easier going uphill w lighter skis and boots. It is like waring light hiking boots. Of course w steeper hills, I bring out my plastics and wider skis, but so much heavier and feel like lead weights going uphill.