Crispi was the third brand to build plastic telemark boots in the late 90s. The brand never attained much market share, but its customers were loyal. Last year Alpina did not renew their contract to distribute Crispi in the United States and the future availability of Crispi was up in the air.
While this news doesn’t change the telemark landscape for the near term much, it will help to promote NTN style gear by offering more models to chose from. The New Telemark Norm uses an alpine shaped toe and heel with a bellows in the boot for use with NTN bindings. The alpine toe and heel offer the possibility of using the boot in NTN bindings, or AT bindings. Of the four plastic telemark boot makers, only Crispi and Scarpa make NTN boots with tech inserts.
Summitcone Sports will be importing seven models of Crispi’s telemark boots. The XR and XP (mens and women’s) for 75mm, the Evo Rando, Shiver Rando, and Shiver Ladies for NTN and by special order, the Evo World Cup. The Rando version models will come with Dynafit inserts.