Unfortunately for fans of the the Alpina’s ECL Pro boot (myself included) its replacement the Alpina ECL 2.0 is not going to be brought to the United States this season. One can only assume there was insufficient demand for the product or a possible scarcity of product due to low production yields. Despite this sad news I have come across quite a few new pictures of the Alpina ECL 2.o (thanks to skinørd and Måns Sunesson) but these new images have only raised new questions about these boots. In Aplina’s official product photo the boots have a standard Rottefella Xcelerator sole, but many of the unofficial images of the boots feature a much more light weight and minimal full carbon sole similar to that found on the new Fischer SpeedMax Skate boots and the Alpina ESK 2.0. Of course the more minimal full carbon model could just be a prototype, but on the other hand this could be a hint that Alpina may release a marathon specific classic boot that is stiffer than the standard ECL. What do you think about this disparity in specifications? Are you disappointed these boots aren’t coming to the US? If you live in Europe and have these boots how are they? Let me know in the comments below!