Light on weight and heavy on freeride performance, Dalbello's Lupo Carbon T.I. Ski Boot is a match made in heaven for any aggressive backcountry tourer. It's incredible that this backcountry boot can provide such a stiff flex of 130 and still allow a massive 67-degree cuff rotation in walk mode. That's because Dalbello equipped it with a removable tongue and clip at the heel that provide a natural heel motion while skinning while ensuring an aggressive performance on the downhill.
Like all Dalbello's top models, the Lupo Carbon T.I. Ski Boot features a Cabrio construction that uses three separate pieces (tongue, cuff, and 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 like traditional buckles on the side usually do.
Inside the boot, Dalbello inserted a thermo-moldable My Fit Light liner that conforms to your foot after a heating process and stays light and flexible enough to keep you skinning comfortably. Underfoot, the boot's Xtra Grip rubber toe and heel lugs stay solid when you're bootpacking up rocky summits, and you can interchange them with alpine DIN or touring soles for versatility in or out of the resort. Of course, the Lupo Carbon T.I. always accommodates tech bindings for those longer tours.
- A touring boot with heavyweight freeride performance
- 130 flex is the stiffest option available for backcountry boots
- Narrow 98mm last assures a responsive fit
- Three-piece Cabrio construction delivers a progressive forward flex
- Thermo-moldable My Fit Light liner with flexibility for walking
- Ski/walk mode with 67-degree cuff rotation
- Inverted forefoot buckle and Hyperband cuff buckle for precision
- Item #DBL002I
- Q & A
A great replacement to the Maestrale RS
About me: 6' 2", 200 lbs naked. Skiing & riding for 30+ years.
11.5 street shoe, 28.5 Scarpa ski boot. Bought the Dalbello's in a 29.
Slightly heavier (0.5 lbs) than my Scarpa Maestrale RS. Not a full vibram sole like RS either.
It skis like a race boot and tours like a real touring boot!
I have been using in bounds and out for short tours and long tours. I finally decided to take the tongue out when touring and it made the range of motion (ROM) huge! It's far superior than the Scarpa RS offering. Then I decided to strap 'er down without the tongue in for a 2K decent in deep powder with dense trees and a manky crusty run out. I think I'll ski tour like this from now on. Little sacrifice in ski performance in powder. No snow got in the boot, liner is warm, and overall the set up is stiff enough to drive my DPS lotus 138 with dynafits. This is without the tongue! I felt like I had comparable power without the tongue compared to the Scarpa RS.
Putting the tongue back in- ready for in bounds pow, hardpack or steep tech mixed bag skiing in the backcountry. These things are beasts with the tongue in.
Fit- it's a personal thing. I have skinny chicken legs and thin narrow feet. I loved the Scarpa RS, but I could never get the top buckle around the shin tight and my foot had up and down and lateral movement. Also a great deal of heal lift. Too much for precise control. Overall a great boot, but not for me.
These Lupo TI fit like a tight glove with great support, no pressure points, and great warmth. I have bone spurs on the outside of my feet and they are not bothered by the Lupo's despite the narrower last.
Yes, the downsides are the slight increased weight (which you'll get used to) and a lack of a full vibram sole. But the overall sole grip is fine and does the trick booting on loose rocks/scree. Without tongue, it's like hiking boot flexibility. Another pro: you can drive in them (no tongue). Not that you should, but you can. That's amazing.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Dalbello nailed it with this boot. Better than their earlier AT offerings. Going up is light and stridey; every bit as good as my old Maestrales. Going down is dialed and stiff but smooth; feels like my Kryptons.
The removable tongue is ingenious and easy on/off. The fabric over instep is well designed, keeps the snow out and the laces in. The upper broad cuff band is plenty, don't need a power strap. They're warm.
Actually 4.5 stars; half a star off for unexpectedly disappointing liners. They creased and packed out with molding (had it done by best bootfitter in town) giving a sloppy result. I wonder if anybody else had this issue. I swapped in different Intuition touring liners, and now the fit is perfect.