Originally Posted by SHREDHEAD
How do you like the Alaskan's and what type of foot do you have?
I'm on Rossi BC110 ski with the Rossi BC-NNN X10 boot and the plastic cuff already broke. The cuff is not very beefy and I don't think I'll get them again, even though they fit perfect.
I will be looking at the Alaska and the Crispi Svartsen, but there aren't many places to try them on.
Apologize for missing your post earlier.
Anyway, I have a low volume sorta high arch, narrow ankle/heel, and wide forefoot from metatarsals to outer tips of toes. To put it in perspective Alpine boot wise, I'm in a Solomon X-Max 120 Alpine boot, they fit my toes without needing to be molded, punched, etc. Rare for me to find a boot that fit's like that, I couldn't wear any prior Solomon Alpine boots, was in a Nordica SpeedMachine 110, no boot fitter work to toes needed, it ended up being too high volume of the diagonal articulation point to heel.
The Alaska is a closer fitting boot then the Rossi BC X10/X6. I had more toe wiggle room in the Rossi. The Alaska heel cup/pocket is much more comfortable. It is a leather boot and requires little bits of break in here and there.
Out of the box flexing, the forefoot needs to "break" after the second eyelet or just in front of and behind the second eyelet for comfort. One did the other required some assistance to get it going in the correct location, actually that's the one which now flexes just in front of and just behind the second eyelet.
Additionally, the tongue will press inward against the articulation point of the foot with deep knee bends. That too is breaking in by toying with the lacing and flexing, i.e., cuff laced looser, mid section looser and then tighter. Eventually the tongue began to "lift up" some further down on my foot, somewhere between third and fourth eyelet. This lifting or upward crease, allowed for the movement needed to relieve the pressure at the articulation point with deep knee bends. I expect that to improve further with use. It would not be a issue with casual striding. I initially ordered a size 41, they call it a US 8, that's what I wear in most other shoes. At that size the tongue issue was not abating via the upward flex point further down. Also had more heel lift, expected. The 40 is working better. It is however a little tighter and I would not be able to wear a heavy sock. I generally ski with a thin sock so not much of a issue there. So far just carpet testing, walking around the house, doing lunges and trying to simulate xc skiing, we have no snow here in the East:(
Was getting optimistic when I saw Gore was predicted to get a foot or more for yesterday/todays storm, would've did Alpine at Gore then XC down the road at Garnet Hill, only it didn't materialize. Maine and The Whites did alright but it's a 9 hour drive, not something I wanna do without alternate drivers and I couldn't put that together on short notice. Way it goes sometime.
I'll try to remember to post a update after I get them on snow.