Frankly, I don't recall that the Rosemount was especially cold. Because the Rosemount was my first plastic boot, the only thing I had to compare it to was the soggy leather boot I learned to ski in -- at least the Rosemount kept my socks dry, so I probably considered it toasty. But hell, I was 21 years old, learning to ski powder, and invincible. What did I care about cold toes?
Rosemount boots -- warm?
How warm were the Rosemount boots you skied in. I have several pairs, but have only skied in them in warm spring conditions and then only for a couple of runs. How warm were they on a really cold day? For example, in the Midwest, we regularly skied in ten below zero conditions (Fahrenheit). Were the Rosemounts warm in those kinds of conditions? Seemed like they would not be because of the "dead air gaps" inside the boots.
I skied in Rosemounts from 1970 to 1973. The boot was far ahead of its time -- by far the best combination of comfort, warmth and edging power available in that period.
I built mine up with a five-inch extension above the fiberglass cuff -- by 1974 the Nordica GP and Lange Phantom reached the height of my Rosemounts and that's where performance boots have been ever since. One of my boots found its way by a circuitous path to the Alf Engen Ski Museum in Park City -- it's on display there, a black Rosemount with an ugly construction of polyurethane sheet, upholstery foam and silver duct tape, attached with pop rivets and closed with an old Henke buckle.
That's around what I thought...Heres a quick look back to 1965ish when they first appeared for the low price of $140 (almost $1000 today)
I've always been very impressed with the bold approach they took in 1965....not building a plastic "'leather" boot like Lange did.
End of the line for Rosemount?
What was the last year that boots were produced under the Rosemount label?
See attched picture of a highback later version....