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Re: Alpina Alaska 75 boots

Posted: Mon Dec 24, 2018 12:22 pm
by bgregoire
lilcliffy wrote:Ha! I do think I had a fever of sorts the other night, but I don't think it was really caused by NNN-BC! :oops:

However- the current Alaska 75 does seem improved over the earlier model...
Please share your observations, there is still lots of interest in the Alaska 75mm. Personally, I have only noticed a change in lace and leather color. As the sole is vibram, do you think any changes have been made to it that are specific to the alaska?
happy holidays!

Re: Alpina Alaska 75 boots

Posted: Wed Dec 26, 2018 5:57 pm
by lilcliffy
Unfortunately I do not have a first gen Alaska 75 to compare to, but the current Alaska 75 has a stiffer sole flex and seems like it has a thicker duckbill than the first generation...

Re: Alpina Alaska 75 boots

Posted: Thu Jan 24, 2019 12:40 pm
by gbouchard8
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?

Re: Alpina Alaska 75 boots

Posted: Thu Jan 24, 2019 2:01 pm
by bgregoire
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! :(