Gave these boots as a gift, but asked my friend to write a review. He is a ski patroller at Copper Mountain, Colorado.
I’ve skied the Dalbello Lupo TI for about a week now and I’m very pleased. I got these boots primarily as a stiff, charging resort boot that I could still tour in. True, they’re not as light as my Dynafit Vulcans, and they don’t tour quite as well, but they’re still way lighter than a typical four buckle boot and they have a big enough range of motion that I don’t mind them on long days of uphill slogs. I also tend to do a fair bit of hike approach and scrambling, so I like the replaceable sole lugs. But it’s on the downhill that these boots really shine. Dalbello is not kidding about the 130 flex on these boots. I’m a big guy, but these Lupos are stiff enough that I can drive my 195 AK JJs hard without feeling like I want more boot. I’m also impressed by the quality of the construction. Both the buckles and the ski/hike mode switch are burly, and I have confidence they won’t leave me stranded in the backcountry. The wrap-style liner is also quite nice. I’ve only used tongue liners in the past, but this wrap-style makes my foot feel much more secure when the boot is locked down, but still tours surprisingly well. As for fit, the 98mm last required a little bit of work for my wide foot, but the tongue-style shell worked for my high arch and instep when a lot of other freeride boots (Technica Cochise, Lange XT 130 Freeride) would make my feet go numb within minutes. If you’re looking for a boot that can handle hard resort days and burly backcountry lines and still hang on the hike up, the Lupo Tis are a solid bet.