I'm new to telemarking, but am having a blast and am fired up to get gear. Wondering if there are any schools of thought on the best type of boot to learn on: I'd heard leather (or non-plastic) is great for focusing on technique. That's what i'm after - i'm a technique junkie. This season I'll be dong mostly lift-served runs; not much backcountry.
I'm a long-time alpine skier and eventually will be on plastic boots i'm sure for speed & keeping up with friends on alpine ... but for learning purposes, to nail my form & balance, would it help to start with leather boots? Are leather (non-plastic boots) still sold / rented? All the rentals boots i've tried have been plastic - they're fine, but i haven't been able to compare them with the non-plastic alternative.