Money doesn't grow outta powder, you know.
Dalbello's Lupo 130 C Ski Boot is more or less the same boot as the Lupo Factory model, except its lack of carbon takes a couple hundred dollars off the price tag. Sure, that means you'll be hauling a little more weight (eight ounces to be exact) up the skintrack, but at least you'll have a full season's worth of gas for driving to and from the mountain. With a stiff 130 flex, a narrow 98mm last, and a massive 67-degree cuff rotation, the Lupo 130 C Ski Boot is ideal for hard-charging skiers willing to sacrifice some weight to save some beer money.
Like all of Dalbello's top models, the Lubo 130 C Ski Boot features a Cabrio construction that uses three separate pieces (tongue, cuff, shell) to give the boot a smoother power transmission, a dynamic rebound, and excellent shock absorption. The shell also features Dalbello's wide Cuff Hyperband buckle that offers more comfort and less friction, while the inverted forefoot buckle prevents breaking and bending. Inside the boot, Dalbello inserted a thermo-moldable IF Air Plus liner that conforms to your foot after heat-molding the liner. This Air version is more breathable and warmer for comfort. Underfoot, the boot's Xtra Grip rubber toe stays solid when you encounter icy ridges, and you can interchange them with alpine DIN or touring soles for versatility in or out of the resort.
- Lightweight touring boot is a heavyweight on freeride performance
- 130 flex is the stiffest option available for backcountry boots
- Narrow 98mm last assures an aggressively precise performance
- Three-piece Cabrio construction delivers a progressive forward flex
- Removable tongue allows 67-degree rotation for hiking
- IF Air liner Plus is thermo-moldable for customized comfort
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- Q & A
103 Ski Days So Far This Season
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Too many features to talk about? Nope, there's plenty of them to be sure & all are worth a mention. This is a high performance boot meant to slay it like a solid alpine boot on the descent (130 flex is stiffer with great power transfer) but pop the tongue out for the uphill climb and is turns into a soft cuddly baby lion. Put it back in for the ride down and the claws come back out. Accommodates for the different demands of touring in the backcountry for those who are accustomed to skiing in ripper boots.
A few other quick callouts--3-piece shell for great climbing, great range of motion, grabby rockered GripWalk sole, designed to perform at a high level while being versatile enough for both backcountry and resort; heat moldable liner for a more custom fit. 98 Last means business when it comes to a custom fit for flight. A fellow skier (& Backcountry.com customer) sums it up:
"one hell of a winter in the west! Today was my 103rd day of the season, so yes I have taken advantage of it!! I have enjoyed the new Lupo Boots . . . I miss the buckles from my previous Lupo's, they seem more sturdy than this years model [note: I could've taken away 1/2 a Star for this but they're still going strong so the Star remains]. At first I thought the removable tongue was a bit of a gimmick but that feature is RAD. It most definitely feels like a tour specific boot on the way up, and a SKI boot on the way down. 130 flex. " Thanks for the info and the stoke DM.
- Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
I gifted these boots to my brother for Christmas and this is what he had to say about them:
"I've skied in these boots about 15 days so far, and am loving them. They are comfortable, lightweight, and have a good range of motion when in walk mode. When skiing, they feel stiffer than any AT boot I've used, and are a solid boot. So far, I'm impressed with these boots."
Great Boot, Size down
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I have almost exclusively bought Dalbello for the last 10 years. These are an awesome boot, still and powerful. However I always get a 27.5, but that has been a size to big for me. Someone told me in the shop that these are an entirely different mold than alpine boots so that would make sense.
Good for someone with a narrow foot.
Also these have so much range of motion for touring, once you take the tongue out these light boots rocket up hill.