Martin Axewrote a review of Alpina Snowfield Touring Boot on January 19, 2017
Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
This is an initial review (Jan 19th, 2017). I am writing as a customer who recently purchased this boot, and has used it. It being winter now, I am sure others are looking for ski gear, and want to offer some initial impressions following my first time out on these. If the review isn't updated, take it as I have remained pleased with my purchase.
First, I don't think the initial description on this item is clear enough, but these boots are for NNN BC bindings.
I bought this for backcountry skiing in Colorado, when laying out timber sale boundaries in deep snow. Skis have proved a quicker method of travel than snow shoes, especially at the end of the day when the truck is back downhill. I was able to use these boots for the first time this past week. My first day using them I was on skis for 6 hours straight, save for a half hour lunch break.
No blisters! Feet were warm. I was wearing Darn Tough socks, and I was keeping a consistent level of activity. Temperature was in the mid to upper 30s (Fahrenheit), so not too cold. My feet didn't feel overheated either though. Even once out of the skis, the boots are still comfortable to walk around in. Soles have a medium flexibility, so I am still able to give a slight kick, but not over-exert my toes. While my legs were certainly upset with me, my feet remained happy.
I think a stiffer tongue would be nice, as the soft tongue on these boots tends to bunch up when tightening the laces. I would prefer a slightly wider toe, but that's just me. I am just slightly wider than a D width for standard shoes. Also, there is no ring for attaching snow gaiters. This is not a huge issue, as I think I will probably fix a key-ring to the center lace loop at the bottom of the tongue, but I feel backcountry ski boots ought to have this feature built in.
I think this is a good buy. Especially for a novice backcountry skier such as myself. If you like the NNN-type binding, and want to go off trail, you can't go too wrong with these.