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Remember when "You ski like a girl!" was an insult?
It used to be that, to make a ladies' boot, super-smart engineering "geniuses" would just hit a men's boot with a shrink ray and paint it pink. Good thinking, Einsteins. Fortunately, times have changed, and now companies like Dalbello are giving the girls the attention they deserve with boots like the Krypton 2 Lotus, which is specifically formed to fit the feet of a freeriding female.
To achieve this, the Lotus has a narrower, lower-volume fit than Dalbello's men's boots, with a tapered rearfoot last, a higher instep and more roomy forefoot. The low-profile cuff is designed to fit women's calves without pinching, and the Countour 4 shell fit accommodates anatomical contours without needing a ton of shell punches to achieve a comfortable fit. Additionally, the Lotus comes with a Trufit Sport Lady liner, which is insanely comfy right out of the box, but can be heat-molded if you need to dial in the fit even more.
With most Dalbellos, the conversation has to include the three-piece Cabrio Design Architecture, which uses a stiff shell and cuff with a forgiving polyamide tongue to provide excellent lateral power transmission while keeping the flex soft enough for lighter skiers to effectively drive their skis, not be driven by them. The Cabrio Architecture is complemented by the Dynalink Rearfoot Retention system at the instep buckle, which uses a buckle and plastic strap anchored at the ankle on both sides of the shell, locking the foot into place without affecting the flex of the cuff, giving a consistent, progressive flex and reducing shin bang when you're skiing hard or lapping the park. Throw in a center-balance stance designed to drive fat new-school skis, along with grippy and replaceable Hygrip heel and toe lugs, and its easy to see that the Lotus is an all-mountain champ just for the ladies.
- Three-piece Cabrio Design Architecture
- Contour 4 shell fit
- Trufit Sport Lady heat-moldable liner
- Low Contour Profile cuff
- Dynalink rearfoot retention
- Center-balanced Rocker stance
- Adjustable flex, lean, and canting
- Replaceable Hygrip heel and toe lugs