gbouchard8 wrote:Third year selling Alpina boot and got my first one with a broken duckbill. Even at 2 years old, Alpina replaced them. Very nice of them. Now, like i have seen here, Alpina use Vibram 75mm duckbill sole like almost every body else (if not welted). So Fischer or Rossignol should have the same problem. Am i right?
Anybody tried to glue a new Vibram sole?
2 years ago, i replaced a Alaska NNN-BC one because the sole was ungluing lightly from the boot. No structural problem.
What do you think?
Bonjour Guy! Bienvenue de la part d'un autre bas-laurentiens!
I have seen or heard of thermomolded 75mm Vibram sole problems with all three brands. Not the same problem with all or on the same years necessarily. My partners Alaskas broke on the duckbill at the pin line as well a few years back and they were replaced with no issues.
I too assume Vibram sends the same soles to at manufacturers on any given year...Then again, some might be more prone to tearing or cracking because of the boots construction (for example the Alaska has a relatively stiff midsole)?
I have had a few thermomolded 75mm soles peel off of 10-15 year old boots. I was able to get these re-glued by a local cobbler, but in these instances the sole itself was not damaged. I don't think there is anything to be done with a torn duckbill unfortunately (other than using the boots with cables if that works).
Enjoy the rain!