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HANS D.

HANS D.

Wasatch Mountains

HANS D.

HANS D.wrote a review of on December 20, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Dalbello nailed it with this boot. Better than their earlier AT offerings. Going up is light and stridey; every bit as good as my old Maestrales. Going down is dialed and stiff but smooth; feels like my Kryptons.

The removable tongue is ingenious and easy on/off. The fabric over instep is well designed, keeps the snow out and the laces in. The upper broad cuff band is plenty, don't need a power strap. They're warm.

Actually 4.5 stars; half a star off for unexpectedly disappointing liners. They creased and packed out with molding (had it done by best bootfitter in town) giving a sloppy result. I wonder if anybody else had this issue. I swapped in different Intuition touring liners, and now the fit is perfect.

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HANS D.

HANS D.wrote a review of on February 19, 2016

3 5

I've been using a pair of Virus boots (the first iteration of these) for several years. They are a decent mix of comfort, performance, and features. I demo'ed a pair of these snappy new Sherpa T.I., and they feel exactly like my old ones: Same un-Dalbello-ish ample toe box and somewhat sloppy heel retention; same novel yet goofy articulated tongue; same nice ID liner; still no power strap. The buckles have been modded slightly, but even the new ones are a bit dysfunctional. So despite press releases to the contrary, I detect no significant improvement in fit or design. I would give 4 stars for a product several years old, but 3 stars for a product that should have evolved further by now.

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HANS D.

HANS D.wrote a review of on July 9, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small

Norrona stuff is great, but it takes some effort to get the fit right. Depending on model style, actual garment dimensions vary a lot. These are a trimmer style, so ordering up a size ends up being just right if you're taller. I'm 6'3 190#, 35" waist and inseam, and these fit perfect in XL, as long as you dont want baggy steeze.

The zip off bib is light and trim. The zipper arrangement is ingenious, and works for everything from boot access to ventilation to going in the woods. The instep reinforcement is relatively light duty and is on the interior (against skin), and is good enough for touring but probably wouldn't hold up as well with a lot of downhill edge abuse.

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HANS D.

HANS D.wrote a review of on May 26, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Here's my take after one season. The boot is impressive from a design and construction point of view. The funky tongue, which some complain about, is a cool feature--once you get used to it, it's very functional, and getting in/out is as easy as it gets. The light weight is awesome. The liner is nice. Fits my high instep much better than Dynafit offerings.

Two reasons for not giving 5 stars. The first is that it just isn't enough boot for me. I'm not a cliff-hucking maniac, I'm just a bigger guy (190#, 6'3") who likes going down. The cuff is lower than some boots. I know, trade-offs, but on the whole feels a bit under powered.

The other reason is odd, and relates to the sole tread. One lug on the heel binds up with the brake friction plate on my bindings (Dynafit Radical ST), and gets jammed up every time I come out of ski mode. A few times it's pulled off the plate completely, which is a bugger to put back.

But 4 stars for a nice boot, even though I will need to get another pair.

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HANS D.

HANS D.wrote a review of on February 22, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Even better after krypton shell redesign a couple years ago. With proper liner cooking and fitting, this boot becomes a velvet vice. It does require a foot and appetite for narrowness. People love to say how stiff it is, but I dialed it back to my taste with the softer tongue and lower flex control, and it's perfect. Couldn't be happier.

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HANS D.

HANS D.wrote a review of on December 4, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

Perfect shape for taller guys without having to size up. I'm 6'3" 190#, size L has plenty of sleeve and body length.

Almost exactly same garment dimensions as Arcteryx Alpha SV in L Tall (which as far as I know, Arc made only once, too bad...). Construction is top notch. Arm movement, cuffs, hood, zippers, general fit, all superb. The chin placket is unique and a nice touch. Really cool brand, new to me, glad BC.com is carrying it.

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HANS D.

HANS D.wrote a review of on March 11, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Have had many days on this now. 190 cm, mounted -2.5 cm from true center, 190#, 6'3", lifetime West skier.

Incredibly fun ski: light, great balance with more centered mount, plenty of energy at speed, super stable in chop, turns when you want, floats and smears nice, and even carves fine. Yup, it's a quiver.

Unlike comments below, I don't find the 190 to be unwieldy, in fact I think it's perfect match for my size and style of skiing. I'm not "charging in AK" but I like to go everywhere, like to play, and like to go fast. The progressive flex is genius and gives it huge versatility. Except for the deepest days, which are rare, this ski pretty much does it all for me.

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HANS D.

HANS D.wrote a review of on January 9, 2014

5 5

For the 190s, here's what I learned: The ERIC line is generally regarded as the optimal place to mount boot center. Apparently some batches of the ski have a topsheet error, including mine. The Line/K2 spec sheet gives a single mounting site for this line at 933 mm from the tail, as measured along the base underside. Because of the topsheet error, Line also put out a tech note confirming where the line should be, although for that tech note they said 919 mm straight pull of tape from the tail instead of along the base. Either number should put you in the sweet spot.

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HANS D.

HANS D.wrote a review of on December 6, 2011

5 5

An Arc tech shell in tall? Yahoo! Fits just like my old Alpha, except now my gorilla arms and belly button stay covered. Don't know where BC.com got these, but I'm pretty sure Arc doesn't make talls for the regular US retail market. Plus it's fabrique au Canada. What's not to like? (except that I'm out another 6 bills). If you're a bean pole like me, get yours while you can. You might not see these again.

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HANS D.

HANS D.wrote a review of on December 7, 2010

4 5

I have tried a few Norrona technical shells (thanks to BC for outstanding return policy). Great quality stuff, but sizing is tricky. The chart for Norrona is generic and I think refers to body size. Actual garment dimensions vary quite a bit, presumably based on design/usage considerations. I am 6' 4", 195#. I compared the actual garments to see how they differed.

Lofoten is probably the best fit for me for skiing, with longer arms and body, and athletic fit; I liked how the XL fit, if they had any good colors left; L is a little too trim for insulation.

Falketind is the trimmest model I tried, very slim, and shorter in body. Falketind XL is quite a bit smaller than the Lofoten XL in body width and length, and also shorter sleeve length.

My favorite in terms of quality build is the Trollveggen (pro shell version). Best fabric, great zippers, designed for mountaineering. It's a technical fit, but Trollveggen L is wider than Lofoten L, almost exactly the same as Lofoten XL. The Trollveggen L is a good fit for me in the body, but I wouldn't mind the sleeves a touch longer. The front on the Trollveggen is short, designed for harness access, which may not be ideal for skiing. There is a long drop back hem.

I didn't compare to the soft shells or insulated models. I do own the Svalbard soft shell in XL, which is one of my all time favorite jackets for less intense ventures.

What would be great would be a Norrona garment measurement chart by model and size. I had one once from Arcteryx years ago, and it was interesting how different the specs were between models.

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