Reviewed by Yackadilly from Connecticut on Tuesday, March 05, 2013
My 20 year old 75mm touring boots finally died, and I needed to get a new pair. It is virtually impossible to get good quality 75mm touring boots any more. Luckily I found these Backcountry boots. They are definitely more sturdy than regular touring boots, but they are not much heavier. Because these are Backcountry boots, they did not fit my Touring boots 3 pin binding. My bindings were Touring Only, and could not handle the extra thickness in these boots soles. I needed to upgrade my bindings to Backcountry capable 3 pin bindings. These are not that expensive, and it is easy to remove the old bindings and install new ones. The boots themselves are clearly well made, but the sizing is off. I had read in other reviews that they are 1/2 size too big, so I ordered mine 1/2 size smaller than my normal sneakers. Wearing a pair of wool socks over my normal socks (which I always do for skiing) the fit was perfect. Since the boots are leather, they are very stiff when new. I found that in my trial ski around my backyard, they pinched my toes. This was clearly due to the initial stiffness. I decided to break them in like a good pair of hiking boots, so I wore them around the house one afternoon. ( I was a bit clunky, and my wife looked at me strangely, but I did it anyway.) The next time I went out skiing at the park, the boots were fine. The moral is, these boots need to be broken in before use! In summary, these are great boots. I feel that the extra strength is the Backcountry boot improved by skiiing.
Reviewed by Bill from Moorhead, MN on Thursday, January 24, 2013
Hard to find replacement boots for 3-pin bindings. Boots are very thick where binds holds boot. May not work with standard binding. Hope to try them out this weekend. Order at least a half size small. Had to send back 10.5 for 10. It is still a tad bit big but I think a 9.5 would be too small.
Reviewed by D-train from Ogden, UT on Tuesday, January 22, 2013
I bought these for my boyfriend, who is an avid cc skier. We had a little trouble getting them into the bindings on their first time out. But with a little elbow grease they locked in just fine. Please watch the sizing; I originally ordered a 10, but they were WAY too big. I did the expedited exchange process (which took about 4 days to receive the new boots and cost roughly $9). We exchanged the 10 for a 9 and they fir just fine.
The boyfriend loved the look of these boots. He said they do need to be "broken in" a bit, though...they are a little stiff/typical of new leather boots. His feet stayed dry and warm on our day out. They are good quality boots, durable too, and he loves the red laces.
Reviewed by Saratoga Ranger Rick from Saratoga Springs, NY on Friday, January 18, 2013
Have had a pair of these for years. Hard to find 3 Pin boots with thick Vibram sole for great lateral stiffness and sturdy ski control. Using discounts makes this a great value. I use for medium Adirondack back country tele (not steep/lift served)and agressive off track touring. Boot has a bigger/higher toe area than most so I add a thick insulating solle insert. Takes awhile to break in. Long lasting italian leather construction.
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Answered on 11/9/2011 12:00:00 AM by Prod. Spec. Kevin from Sierra Trading Post
“The toe on this boot looks thicker than toes on other three pin 75mm brands. Are all three pin system the same, should these work with any three pin system? My concern is the wire clamp may not lock with a thicker toe extension. I have some older Epoke skis as well as a newer ski and binding and prefer the 3 pin system. They seem to be easier to get in and out of. Please advise, thanks.”
Asked on 2/18/2010 12:00:00 AM by water rock Bob from Western North Carolina
These boots use a "Telemark Norm" duckbill, which is thicker than a "Nordic Norm" duckbill. Both are 3-Pin 75mm and have the three pin holes in exactly the same place on the sole of the boot and the binding, but the Telemark Norm is built for use with larger and heavier boots and skis. Please note that the mounting holes for the bindings are not the same, so you would need to drill new holes in the skis if you wish to take off your Nordic Norm bindings and replace them with Telemark Norm bindings.||With a standard Nordic Norm binding, you may have to use the loosest setting with these boots. Some lightweight "racing" bindings may not have enough space (clearance) to accept these thicker Telemark Norm boots. If you get a Telemark Norm binding such as the Voile HD Mountaineer or the Rottefella Telemark, they will probably work with these boots on the middle setting. ||I hope that helps. |--
Answered on 3/11/2010 12:00:00 AM by Dackron from NY
Some backcountry cross country ski boots are made for sturdier 3-pin Telemark Bindings. They are not backcountry cross country ski boots, but should be described as lightweight backcountry telemark boots. My Tele skis are made for Tele turns in the backcountry and the bindings are designed for a thicker soled boot that can stand the additional forces required to carve a tele turn. While a good pair of backcountry cross country ski boots will fit 3-pin Telemark bindings, a boot designed for Telemark bindings will not fit Nordic Norm 3-pin bindings.
Answered on 12/9/2010 12:00:00 AM by Backcountry J from St. Louis
All 3-pin 75mm bindings are pretty much the same, but you are right, these boots will not fit into 75mm bindings even though they are supposed to. I had to send a pair back.
Answered on 1/4/2011 12:00:00 AM by CS Professor from Iowa
They will not work in vintage X ctry bindings. Sole is too thick for binding to lock down. You will damage binding. I tried it. The 3 pins and width are OK, just too thick.
Answered on 1/7/2011 12:00:00 AM by Sonofthor from WI
“Will these boots work with 75mm telemark cable bindings? These bindings do not have the 3 pins, but accept the duckbill of the 75mm boot, and hold the boot in place with a cable which runs around the back of the boot. The boot needs a ridge on the back on which the cable binding can latch. My bindings are Black Diamond Riva Z Comp.”
Asked on 1/4/2010 12:00:00 AM by Anonymous from Worland, WY
These boots will definitely work with 75mm cable bindings. However, depending on the ski (and skier,) the Riva Z Comp is probably not a great pairing with this boot. With its compression springs, it is more oriented towards downhill performance at the expense of touring ease. These boots are at the other end of that spectrum. Which is not to say that it's not worth trying, or that you can't have fun with that setup.
Answered on 1/28/2010 12:00:00 AM by TeleDork from California
Yes, that is what I bought them for. You are not going to get as much support for hard turns as a plastic boot. You can see the heel photo on the mens version at:||http://www.sierratradingpost.com/i/66492,,2_Alico-Backcountry-Touring-Nordic-Ski-Boots-75-mm-For-Men.html
Answered on 2/2/2010 12:00:00 AM by Tahoegoldsky from Reno, NV
“Can I try these on at home and return them if they don't fit?”
Asked on 12/9/2009 12:00:00 AM by Larry from Helena, MT
If for any reason you would like to return your purchase, just send it back within 6 months for a refund or an exchange (reimbursement is made by original payment method). After 6 months, your refund will be by gift card.
Answered on 12/10/2009 12:00:00 AM by Customer Care from Sierra Trading Post