The Finest Leathers: Nordic Norm 75mm Backcountry/Telemark Boots

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The Finest Leathers: Nordic Norm 75mm Backcountry/Telemark Boots

Postby bgregoire » Thu Dec 06, 2018 6:30 pm

Here's a rapid overview of some of norwegians' favourite 75mm backcountry boots. I hope this can help dispel the false rumor that has been kicking around lately that the nordic norm might be nearing its death! NOT! :mrgreen:
What is your favourite NN boot?

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Re: The Finest Nordic Norm (NN) 75mm Backcountry Boots

Postby lowangle al » Thu Dec 06, 2018 9:28 pm

I'm goin with the T4. They are only 2ozs heavier per boot than the Merrills and Asolos I'd been skiing. They are more comfortable for k&g and have the edge control of my T2s.

That is a pretty impressive selection of boots they have there, it looks good enough to take a trip to Norway for. Maybe the finest NN boot for me is still out there.

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Re: The Finest Nordic Norm (NN) 75mm Backcountry Boots

Postby Chisana » Fri Dec 07, 2018 12:32 am

My faves are my merrel ultras, followed by my asolo snowfields. Got 2 pairs of excursions that I just can't say I love. That being said, I am an old fart that tours backcountry trails,rather than a telemarker.Btw, will soon be posting for sale (once again), a brand new in the box pair of ultras size 11 and one pair of excursions 29.

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Re: The Finest Nordic Norm (NN) 75mm Backcountry Boots

Postby lilcliffy » Fri Dec 07, 2018 9:08 am

I followed that link Ben- is there a written review of these boots that we can translate?
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Re: The Finest Nordic Norm (NN) 75mm Backcountry Boots

Postby fisheater » Fri Dec 07, 2018 9:31 am

My favorite pair of NN boots are my Alico Ski March boots. They're is the same weight class as my T-4 boots, and not as powerful. However they are very powerful. I was surprised when the soles torqued on me skiing crud at the resort. So other than skiing crud, they are powerful enough to ski downhill on hard pack piste with my light FT 62 ski. They also tour much nicer than the T-4, the leather flex is just more enjoyable to me.
Now, as much as I like my Ski March, I certainly do not want to part with my T-4. I certainly also have a spot in my quiver for the T-4. I also recently purchased an Alpina Alaska NNN (I would have never done that even a couple years ago). If I could pick my favorite way to ski it would be touring for turns. I don't usually have great conditions for that, many days my best option is trail skiing on opened up single track. I am hoping the Alaska's lighter weight, softer flex, and greater ROM will make for faster and even more enjoyable trail skiing. I will find out if I like NNN, if I do I wouldn't see a need to find a lighter NN boot. I certainly cannot see a time where I would not really want a stiff leather boot in the Ski March class. It is my favorite boot.

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Re: The Finest Nordic Norm (NN) 75mm Backcountry Boots

Postby lilcliffy » Fri Dec 07, 2018 9:59 pm

Cross-country AND down-hill skiing in the backcountry.
Unashamed to be a "cross-country type" and love skiing down-hill.

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Re: The Finest Nordic Norm (NN) 75mm Backcountry Boots

Postby bgregoire » Fri Dec 07, 2018 10:39 pm

LC, I do not think there was more to that article about the 10 pair of boots....it was from 2016. By the way, Andrews 75mm boots are still sold in Norway as we speak (but rare).

lilcliffy wrote:Have you seen these?
https://en.aventurenordique.com/alico-telemark.html


Actually I have! They look like a downgrade (in stiffness) from the norwegian welted Alico Teletour, which I own and am getting to really enjoy since they were stretched:
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There are a few more newish leather 75mm boots out there, the Alpina Alaska of course. The gaitered Crispi Svalbard 75mm and the Crispi Lofoten 75mm and both really interesting as well!
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Re: The Finest Nordic Norm (NN) 75mm Backcountry Boots

Postby greatgt » Sat Dec 08, 2018 8:43 am

Chisana love the Ultra's...They became part of my leg....Total wrap around of wonder feel....Lite boots like that turn all my skis easily....Have three sets of lace up boots with one being a Merril with no name on it....Close to...real close....Ultra!!!! TM

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Re: The Finest Nordic Norm (NN) 75mm Backcountry Boots

Postby bgregoire » Sat Dec 08, 2018 12:54 pm

greatgt wrote:Chisana love the Ultra's...They became part of my leg....Total wrap around of wonder feel....Lite boots like that turn all my skis easily....Have three sets of lace up boots with one being a Merril with no name on it....Close to...real close....Ultra!!!! TM


Hey TM! Nice to hear from you. Forgive my lack ignorance, probably due to my young age, but what are these awesome Merrell Ultras you speak of? I cannot find a single picture of them online! No buckle, single buckle, 2 buckle? Stiff like the Asolo Extremes? Where's it at? Ans what is going down in Chisana AK?
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Re: The Finest Nordic Norm (NN) 75mm Backcountry Boots

Postby Chisana » Sun Dec 09, 2018 12:14 am

I don't believe merrel ultras have been made in years. They were a laceup boot with no buckle, but were the next step below the super comp as far as stiffness. I endured many a blister,before I learned to duct tape my heels. My old ultras could use a resole, and I have worn a hole in the lining from a heel rub. (I have an odd shaped heel), but I thought enough of those boots to buy a spare pair in case merrel discontinued them. Use mostly asolo snowfields these days, plenty of boot for the ski touring I will do if we ever get enough snow in my part of alaska to put them to use.


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