1/12/2018
 
Hey Bob! If you're a 26 Maestrale and wear an 8.5 shoe then you're almost definitely a 26 Alien as well! You may fit into the 27 but with the amount of different boots available on the market, sizing up to get a proper fit is a no-no. I realize the selection is a bit slim so taking that into consideration, I do have a La Sportiva Syborg in 26.0 if you're interested in this weight category of boots. I wear an 8.5 shoe and the 26.0 shell is plenty generous in terms of length.
1/12/2018
 
Hey Eric! Thanks for reaching out! Nope, the inserts take a machine thread and the screws that shipped with the Griffon should be wood screws. If you're looking to buy a kit then you'll definitely have to get the inserts, machine screws for the toes and heels (keep in mind those are pretty regularly two different sizes), and also an installation kit unless you're going to have a shop do it!
1/9/2018
 
Hey Camelia! Oh man, that's not good! I think because the spring holder is broken on there you're out of luck on just fixing it and will likely need to get a new one. If you're interested in that you can find them here. We may be able to file a warranty claim for you though! Send me an email and I'll see what we can do for you!
1/9/2018
 
Hey Lizzy! Close, but not quite! The shell break goes 23.5/24.0 and 24.5/25.0 in these boots! But yes, thicker liner goes in the smaller one to fit a slightly smaller foot better!
1/8/2018
 
Hey Chris! No parts, though we may be able to get a warranty going for you! Tough to confidently say that I can make anything happen at all, but there's totally a chance especially because it's a new pole!