Reviewed by Pat from Canada on Thursday, March 13, 2014
After 6km (2x 3km) of classic X-C skiing, I can't tell how good the boots will be. They are not completely comfortable yet and still hurt my feet a bit. It seems promising though. The insulation is good enough for a dry -20, but it seems to thin for colder temperature or even warmer but humid wheater.
Talking about shipping, it is another story !
1- STP took two weeks to actually ship the boots.
2- STP ship their stuff through UPS. After many negative experiences with UPS over the years, there is one thing I can say : they offer a consistent service, no surprise, always the same. They loose the parcel, they can't copy and paste the address the shipper gave them without doing a mistake, they send the parcel back to the shipper whitout notifying the receiver... think of something and it can happen ! They have nice representative on the phone but that's it. Looks like that company is to big to get it together at this point.
So thinking of buying from STP ?
Think about their shipping method, and avoid them if you can ! Took 5 weeks to get the boots to Canada from the States when 2 weeks are enough to get a parcel from France or England !
Reviewed by MTJohn from Montana on Monday, March 10, 2014
3-pin x-country ski bindings are going the way of the dinosaur and decent boots are becoming more difficult to find. I had worn out a pair of Alico boots and, when these appeared in my size at Sierra Trading Post, I immediately placed my order. I was very satisfied with my previous pair and I expect that the new boots will serve me as well. There have been a few minor design changes, but it is essentially the same boot. The boots are comfortable and provide great support.
The boots run true to size, if anything, a little large.
The principle design change from my previous pair is the sole. In the old design, the boot was sewn to the sole and leather formed the top layer of the sole, including the toe. That ensured that, with use, the boot would not separate from the sole. I think that the leather also reinforced the toe. But, with several seasons of use, the leather on the toe started to wear through and, eventually the toe cracked (even good boots don't last forever!)
I will be curious to see how well this new pair holds up - only time will tell. There are two possible issues. In the new model, the boot appears to be glued to the sole. But, as can be seen in the photo, the boot is held in a cup in the sole and appears to be a design feature intended to mitigate the risk of separation. The sole also appears to be constructed in two layers, presumably a design intended to prolong the life of the sole because cracking of the toe is always a risk with 3-pin boots.
The boots appear to be designed and constructed to provide several seasons of use.
I wear either a 12 or a 13, US and generally do better ordering by European sizing (46) which is sometimes a 12 and sometimes a 13. When I purchased these boots, I ordered a U.S. 12 (listed as a 46) and they comfortably accommodate a polypro sock and a second, mid-weight hiking sock.
Answered on 8/15/2014 10:18:29 AM by MTJohn from Montana
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Answered on 11/9/2011 12:00:00 AM by Prod. Spec. Kevin from Sierra Trading Post
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
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
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