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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].

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