Dalbello Lupo 130 C 2019 – 2020 Boot | Review

The Dalbello Lupo 130 C is the heavyweight champion of our favourite ski touring boots

Flex: 130
Last: 98
Cuff Range: 67˚
Forward Lean: 11˚
BSL: 307 mm (27.5)
Binding Compatibility: All touring bindings
Weight (per boot): 1765 g (walk mode) / 1920 g (downhill mode)
Price: £625


Why we chose the Dalbello Lupo 130 C: Zero compromise on downhill performance.

Known for creating some of the finest three-piece boots in the market – namely the Krypton. The narrow last of the Krypton, combined with a beauty of a flex soon meant that these boots became the go-to boot for many.

Look on the feet of some of the hardest charging free riders out there and you’ll most likely find a pair of Dalbellos on their feet – Johnny Collinson, Markus Eder and Sam Smoothy – they’re all having a piece of these Italian beauties.

“Look on the feet of some of the hardest charging free riders out there and you’ll most likely find a pair of Dalbellos”

After the success in the downhill market, Italian ski boot manufacturer Dalbello soon looked to create touring boots for those looking to access backcountry terrain, whilst still preserving the downhill performance of the Krypton. Their start into the touring boot market began with the now-classic Sherpa, then into the Lupo range and now this, the Lupo 130 C.

So what’s so great about a three-piece design? It’s really up to personal preference, so again, get down to your local ski shop and flex a three-piece design to compare it to more traditional overlap styles of boot.

You’ll likely feel a more progressive flex in a three-piece design – commonly identified by a soft flex to start as you push into the tongue, with the stiffness ramping up the more your ankle flexes. All in, a three-piece typical gives a smooth flex, almost like that of a suspension spring – rather than what is frequently identified as a brick wall feeling of an overlap touring boot.

In the Lupo lineup of boots, Dalbello have borrowed tech from their classic Krypton three-piece design and brought it into a touring boot. This, the Lupo 130 C carries a familiar, progressive flex, with an inbuilt walk mode and the ability to remove the tongue for increased cuff range of motion.

“The Lupo 130 C carries a familiar, progressive flex”

On top of the three-piece design, the Lupo 130 C comes with a low cuff hinge point, meaning that the boot cuff follows the natural movement of your leg as you flex, giving you a further and of course, more natural range of motion as you’re skinning along.

On top of the lower cuff hinge point, the Lupo 130 C comes with removable tongues, meaning that you can increase the range of motion during your ascent by taking out the stiff tongues, popping them in your pack for the ascent. This not only decreases friction within your stride, but also decreases the weight of your boots by around 150 grams – a gram on your feet equals two in your pack and all that.

See this as a Krypton, with a walk mode

Coming in at 1920 grams when in full downhill mode, this boot is by far the lightest out there, but with this weight, you’re getting one of the best performing downhill boots in this roundup of backcountry skiing equipment.

Pair these boots with one of the heavier weight skis, such as the Faction Dictator 3.0, Blizzard Rustler 10, or Head Kore 117, with a Tyrolia Adrenalin 16 or Atomic Shift and you’ve got yourself a setup that’ll be a weapon through all conditions, at any speed – buckle up and go!

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