Crispi is known in the telemark world (early adopter of the weird NTN system). As many of you know, they’ve also made and sold various AT boots over the years. In what appears to be somewhat of a re-launch, they’ve got a sweet little lineup of 4 new AT boots that’ll begin retailing next fall (as well as several basic F1 knockoffs that were previously available). We’ll attempt to on-snow some of these eventually. For now, first-look.
Two things stand out with this boot line. First, Crispi has devised yet another way (making four or five such solution in the industry, depending on how you count) of providing one-motion cuff buckle and lean lock. This feature is becoming more common, and in my view will eventually become the standard with most AT boots. It is a tough feature to implement, what with navigating around other boot maker’s patents and actually creating something that works. More below on that. The other interest item is with the Enigma model they’re thermo molding most of the lower shoe from a resin/fabric that’s easier to work with than injection molding with liquid plastic. This stuff is strong and stiff, something like carbon fiber mat used to mold the cuffs on high end race boots. Aside from keeping cost down, main idea is added stiffness with less weight penalty. In my view, this method of using thermoplastic woven mat in ski boots is something that’ll need scrutiny, but perhaps is a way to bypass the tyranny of injection molding that’s made ski boots so expensive and difficult to make.
Skwo:l 4-buckle model features a fur lined inner that harkens to a Vegas honeymoon suit, but is said to be quite nice. Pebax with thermoplastic insert in lower, conventional lean lock.
Price point Synthesi model (MSRP $650) is three buckle, lower shoe and cuff are Pebax, tongue some sort of plastic they call “Polymer” which is probably used to reduce cost.
All liners appear to be thermo moldable, and all boots have tech inserts.
WildSnow.com publisher emeritus and founder Lou (Louis Dawson) has a 50+ years career in climbing, backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. He was the first person in history to ski down all 54 Colorado 14,000-foot peaks, has authored numerous books about about backcountry skiing, and has skied from the summit of Denali in Alaska, North America’s highest mountain.