Rossignol BC6 and BC6 75mm
Rossignol got it right with its BC6 and its BC6 75mm boot. It has just enough cuff and sole stiffness to provide lots of turning control, yet it flexes well enough to make hours of touring a comfortable pleasure. The softshell outer upper material rises high enough and a toggle top closure makes gaiters unnecessary. The boot comes in two versions – one with a NNN BC sole and the other with a 75mm three-pin sole. The boot is the best choice for people with wide feet, but can be laced tight for narrower-footed skiers. The SRP is $185 [US] / $189 [CDN].
Alpina Alaska BC and BC 75
With the Alpina Alaska BC and its BC 75, there is no plastic cuff and no parts to break, just a simple, strong, powerful and very warm boot. The full-leather uppers are relatively stiff, so there is lots of power, however a small break-in period might be needed. The soft collar negates any chafing at the top of the boot. The boot laces right up to the tall top and the speed-lace system makes tightening a snap. The Thinsulate liner keeps feet toasty warm. Alpina Alaskas come in bright red in the NNN BC platform and tan in the 75mm platform. The SRP is $249 [US] / $289 [CDN].