slojoewrote a review of Alpina BC 1550 Backcountry Boot on November 17, 2016
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I've had mine for around 8 seasons. At first had to return them twice for a smaller size before realizing all my plastic-type boots were too big. With these it took me a couple months to quit getting blisters on top of the big toe. Finally i used tissue paper inside duct tape around the toes, after a couple months of that they broke in and are now very comfy.
After a few years the velcro pulled back from the top strap but i sewed them up with dental floss and they've been fine.
I never got any water intrusion; being older i think mine were made in slovenia, which was making ok equipment then. Not sure if they're made in china now or not, not sure i'd buy a chinese boot.
Last year one of the lower lace eyelets pulled out but it doesn't affect upper tension.
They are warm, comfy, easy on and off, and good support for a light, low boot. I can't tele on them although i have floppy skis and bad knees so don't press them too hard. they are fine for p-turns and hockey stops, good control for survival in the woods and narrow steeps.
They fit wide my wide EE feet well. I'm wearing these into the ground and should get a few more years out of them. I've tried taller exo-plastic bc boots but they hurt my knees, these have enough ankle flex to be easy on the knees but enough support to protect against ankle injuries in moderate use.