If the factory was the Sistine Chapel.
Light on weight and heavy on freeride performance, the Lupo Factory Ski Boot is Dalbello's masterpiece for backcountry touring. It's almost impossible to achieve such a stiff flex of 130 and still maintain an ultralight weight of four pounds per boot. Equally impossible is having such a light weight and allow a massive 67-degree cuff rotation for skinning, hiking, and booting, but Dalbello achieved that as well. What's it secret you wonder? Three words: removable carbon tongue.
Like all Dalbello's top models, the Lubo Factory 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 ID Max Hike liner that conforms to your foot after a heating process. This Hike version is lighter and flexible for easier booting. 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. That sounds sort of odd, skiing in superlight backcountry boots, but again, this boot is an absolute masterpiece that you'll want wherever you ride.
- Ultralight 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 for 67-degree cuff rotation for hiking
- ID Max Hike liner is thermo-moldable for customized comfort
- Item #DBL002K
- 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.
Hi, do you know what are the differences between the Lupo Factory and the Lupo 130c?
From Dalbello's website it seems like the only difference is the liner they come with (the 130c is listed as having a carbon cuff just like the Factory, even though it doesn't look like it).
I am wondering mainly because i have an opportunity to try the 130c. If they fit right would it be safe to assume that the Factory will fit the same?