Alico Ski March Boot

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Re: Alico Ski March Boot

Post by gbouchard8 » Fri Dec 11, 2020 4:26 pm

Mine with a very good insole and a few tricks are now more and more comfortable. Used them from january 2020 to april 2020 and now since a few ride this fall. They are becoming my goto boots. It is a good thing!!

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Re: Alico Ski March Boot

Post by mx.deiters » Mon Dec 21, 2020 2:40 pm

Hi all, I am fairly new to the topic but living in Sweden and hence really want to make use of the great conditions here in the Northern part.

As I have very big feet (size 15/16 US), the ski march is pretty much the only available model. I'm sure they will fit fine, but I am a bit concerned as to what temperatures I can use those in, in the north of Sweden you may expect anything between -15 to -30 degrees Celsius. (5 to -20 F)

Would really appreciate some insights from this knowledgeable forum whether those are feasible temperatures with the ski march boot?



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Re: Alico Ski March Boot

Post by fisheater » Tue Dec 22, 2020 11:36 am

MX,
In Michigan, USA where I live 0 F is fairly cold. It isn’t that I have not been in -20 F, it’s just I don’t think I’ve skied in the Ski March at that temperature.
I know I have skied at 0 F and the boot was plenty warm. I am skiing the boot with the supplied thick wool insole in place. In my initial review I said the insole was approximately 1/8 inch which would be approximately 3 mm. The boot is Thinsulite insulated quantity not specified. I really don’t have a problem with my feet getting cold and I certainly do not have a problem in these boots wearing only a thin ski sock.
Overnight and multi day touring is different. I would want to overnight in these boots, before I ever did a multi day trip. I tour hard, but when I come home I throw my boots on my boot dryer, more as a boot care regimen. However they are warm and toasty the next morning.
I’ve had these boots for a few years. I didn’t have fit issues, I fortunately have not experienced any sole delamination. Although it is my understanding that I could as the glue fails in time. I also understand that they can be easily reglued and should be good for another ten years. They are somewhere close in weight to my T-4 boots. However the flex of the Ski March offers easier touring and better feel in downhill turns. I like the boot. I use it a lot. I will also add in full disclosure that I purchased an Alpina Alaska 75 this season to tour and tour faster and lighter when conditions allow.
Good luck, Happy trails



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Re: Alico Ski March Boot

Post by mx.deiters » Tue Dec 22, 2020 12:15 pm

Hi, thank you for the detailed reply. That is very helpful.

Please allow a follow-up question, I am just trying to verify that we are talking about the same shoes. I found these boots in the link below that have my size. Is that the same pair that you are talking about?

Thanks in advance,

https://www.ebay.com/itm/British-Army-N ... SwFhZdh38f



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Re: Alico Ski March Boot

Post by fisheater » Tue Dec 22, 2020 4:45 pm

Yes that is the boot, and the wool insoles are also in the photo



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Re: Alico Ski March Boot

Post by burne139 » Thu Jan 07, 2021 10:26 pm

OK, I'm intrigued by these boots and have a question for the ski-marchers.

These seem to only come in whole sizes. I generally wear a US9.5 in most stuff, and don't have a really wide foot, high instep, etc. My alpine boots are 9.5 (though marked an eu44 in technica-land!), and most of my other footwear is a 9.5 or eu42.5. If I buy a UK8, am I going to be sorry and fighting a boot that's too small?

And another question concerning other older Alico boots: If they are marked in non-eur sizes, is it safe to assume it's UK sizing, or did they also mark boots in US sizing for the US market?



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Re: Alico Ski March Boot

Post by fisheater » Sat Jan 09, 2021 6:13 pm

The Ski March boot is British Army Surplus. They are sold in UK sizes, I have not seen half sizes. Sometimes they arrive in a wide size. Mine did, I’m not a “W”, but the thick felt insoles have taken up the volume and they work for me.
Shipping costs are 2-3x the cost of the boots. Perhaps the shipping for two sizes at once is less expensive than getting it wrong, then ordering again?
FYI, I am a US 11, the UK 10 boot fit me well.
Just curious, are you just trying to buy a cheap Norwegian welted boot? Because you are really gambling about $100. Now if you want a stiff soled boot, that can really handle xcD skis this is a good boot.
Fey Brothers out of New England, sells the Crispi Antarctic which is a lighter duty boot. It is Norwegian welt. They will give you sizing advice, and they have a return policy. Perhaps that is a better option?
I really like my Ski March boot. It fits and serves me well. BTW, I do have a UK 9. My son used it once. I’m in Michigan.



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Re: Alico Ski March Boot

Post by montrealer » Wed Jan 27, 2021 7:33 pm

I've been meaning to get a setup in between my Madshus Eon + NNNBC Alaskas and my heavier resort setup which is a pair of Dynastar legends, G3 targas and Black Diamond Push boots.

Mostly for backcountry downhill laps on gentle terrain.

At first I was looking into a pair of Scarpa T4s, but they are impossible to get right now.

I stumbled on this thread and it seems like these boots might be a good option. A couple of questions:

1) Sizing:
I wear Size 42 Alaskas and they fit perfectly. I assume this corresponds to 8UK for the ski march? Can anyone with a similar size confirm or deny?

2) Bindings:
Am I right to assume that these won't work with 75mm bindings meant for plastic boots, like the Targas or the Voile Switchbacks?

I guess I'd need something like the Voile 3pin or Rottefella Super Telemark?
thanks!



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Re: Alico Ski March Boot

Post by bgregoire » Wed Jan 27, 2021 8:05 pm

Hi @montrealer , you wouldnot be from montreal by any chance?

I usually wear EU42, US9. I've got a pair of new Alico Ski March UK8 (should translate to US8.5 or 9), which could very will suit you. PM if interested.
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Re: Alico Ski March Boot

Post by montrealer » Wed Jan 27, 2021 8:47 pm

thanks! I sent you a message (I think...I see it in Outbox with a "sent at 7:15" but not in Sent Messages)



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