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... can't seem to find anything that compares / discusses changes made with the current Elite line vs. the old X Thor.

Anyone have incite on the differences? .... aside from a stiffer top end boot (130 vs 120 "stated" flex), and price increases across the line...
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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. 

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Originally Posted by freeski919 View Post

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.
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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.

 

Err, I don't see where you're getting either of those notions.    Just by looking at the website one would think that they changed plastics, changed the shape of the clog to the X-frame design, put in an integrated heated liner, put in a pole-flickable ski/walk switch, changed the power strap to a Booster style clip design and invented the flip-mateable  adjustable thickness footbeds.    Did the X Thor have magnesium buckles?   I don't  remember.

 

To these eyes it looks like a third option is true - they stuffed the idea of building a piste pseudo-race boot and used every trick in their playbook to come up with a walk mode boot.    Which isn't necessarily a bad idea for them.

 

I do think you're right about US distribution and US media.   Which is why we can look at  Euro or Canadian or Ozzy sources.  


Edited by cantunamunch - 2/5/16 at 8:42am
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