I just bought a pair of Alpina CSK boots and really like the fit. There is one thing though that I am puzzled about and in fact have recently returned a pair of other boots (SSK) because of it. What I’m talking about is bent-up toe – basically, the sole curves up from about mid-section, so that the toe pin ends up more than half an inch above the surface if you put the boot on something flat. When I stick the boot in the binding (R3 skating) without putting it on, the heel sticks up really high. What this means is the ski never returns to the heel after push-off. On roller skis, this causes a pretty horrendous wheel hang, so you literally have to pick up the ski by lifting your knee. Apart from all of this, what really bugs me is that the boot that I’m trying to replace (an old entry-level Rossi that’s falling apart) is very flat against the binding and certainly doesn’t prevent the flexor from returning the ski to the heel. So, in respect of CSK – is it a defect or by design? Again, it’s a second pair that I’m seeing that has this issue, so I’m puzzled.
Perls of wisdom, anyone?
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