Originally Posted by freeski919
Honestly, I've never seen an Alpina boot on anyone over the age of 6. The company is essentially a Nordic company that dabbles a tiny bit in Alpine boots. I'd rather get a boot from a company whose focus is actually alpine equipment.
That's a rather generalized remark, and really says more about their marketing in the US than their quality.
I can only speak for the old X-Thor, but it is a great boot - nothing fancy just a great boot that fits well. When I was boot shopping I tried nearly every boot on in every shop around. The only things that wouldn't have required a custom boot molding were the "off the shelf" custom fit Salomons and Fischers. It just so happens that my local Play It Again Sports stocks Alpina boots, and I tried on a pair of X-Thor 60. Their line was very intuitive as all their boots had the same name / last / mold, just a different number for the stiffness. I went online and they have an order-direct / ship direct where you choose a dealer who apparently gets a small trade credit on the sale for handling returns. Less than a week later, the 120's showed up and I've been skiing them without any foot issues for close to three seasons. The only thing is that they are a little soft - more of a 100-110 flex than a 120.
I'm curious to know if with the '15 change they just scrapped their old boot and went with something cheaper to make that copies another manufacturer's line / features, or if they are just trying to refresh the old boot with a new name and maybe a stiffer top-end model. The real surprising thing is that I can't find any press or reviews on the new line, which goes to show that most of the US ski press has written off their alpine division.
Too bad, 'cuz I thought that with all the folks on Epic that have some connection to the industry, someone would know what's up.