Crispi Skr!!m (2012-13) ReviewOctober 18, 2012
- Buckles are well placed for max performance and ease of use
- Svelte cuff design screams fast and light
- Ergonomic walk mode
- Compulsory tech fittings for true AT designation
- The liners are a little junior varsity; comfy but not high scoring
- The flex is soft compared to others in this category
- Price is bit high
- Not a ton of rocker for a lug-sole touring boot
- …Wait, how do you pronounce “Skr!!m?”
The Skr!!m is a fully functioning AT boot that is best suited for chasing powder deep in the backcountry. The modest stiffness is similar to the Garmont Cosmos, with which it shares the highly lauded and comparable day-long comfort. Bottom line: the boot can do everything expected of it, but the Skr!!m didn't shine above the others in this category for either touring or skiing performance.
Seeing the new fleet of AT boots from Crispi was a welcome addition, as they haven’t updated their AT boots in years. At first glace, the Pebax SKr!!m was handsome, with trim buckles and not a lot of showy nonsense. The standard three-buckle placement of forefoot, heel and shin, plus a powerstrap is nothing new, but exactly where I like them to be. The sparse, lugged sole looked good for scrambling and moving over more technical terrain, and the ski-mode lock-out looked dependable.
Getting into the boot was easy, and ratcheting down the buckles gave way to an enjoyable first impression of the boot’s comfy bosom. The liner didn’t wow me, as do few AT liners that aren’t Intuition. That said, it was comfortable, and I thought it held my heel snugly into the ankle pocket, something I take special notice of. Visions of ski touring immediately came to mind.
I paired them with a fairly wide ski (108mm underfoot) and spent a few runs making shorter and medium radius turns. Like just about every boot I skied, the lateral side to side precision was there, and putting the ski on edge was a no brainer. Once I left the groomed runs, I felt the flex’s true colors on non-maintained ski runs. The Skr!!m’s consistency was a little softer than what I perceived when arcing turns on the hardpack. Instead, I felt I was falling forward into my ski tips a little. In good backcountry powder this wouldn’t be a problem, but for broken snow, they required a little more effort on my part to stay centered over the ski.