Dalbello 2013/2014 SP kicks!

Getting ready for the season! Gear orders are coming in! Just ordered my 2013 Dalbello Sean Petit’s!

Here is a video of my bud Matt Titus sharing about the kicks…..

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DALBELLO Krypton TWO pro (KR2pro) ski boot review [2013/2014]

What it is: Dalbello KRYPTON TWO Pro (KR2 Pro) ski boot 2013/2014

Where to buy: BACKCOUNTRY. COM $524 (2012 model-2013/2014 not released yet)

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The boots: showed up early February right before I was to leave for Whistler. After getting the boots fitted at Fanatyk Co in Whistler Village, I was set! Wow. Boots that fit like a glove!!

About DALBELLO: Dalbello Skiboots is the only independent ski boot producer in the world. The factory is nestled in the foothills of the Dolomite Mountains in Asolo, Italy. The company has been producing skiboots in Asolo for over 30 years and is the world’s third largest ski boot manufacturer. Podium!

The fit: Boots are a bit subjective of course, but if you have the right size, width, and stiffness of boot for your style of skiing, that is half the battle! The KR2Pro packs a 130 flex and anatomically precise 98mm last to bring expert-level performance and sensitivity to the ski, and better yet, what is below your ski! Dalbello has the Intuition heat moldable Liners in these boots standard, and what a difference that makes to the fit of the boot!! In my case, the boot fitting took about 2 hours+. For more on how my boot fitting went, click here! Truly, this is the most comfortable, best fitting boot I have had.

To read the FULL REVIEW (with a ton more photos) on the Dalbello KR2 Pro ski boot, click here!

Where to buy:
BACKCOUNTRY. COM $524 (2012 model)

Fanatyk Co. | Review on Boot Fitting

Boots that fit like a glove…..an art and a science!

A few day’s before my trip to Whistler last week, I had a wonderful package arrive. My new 2013/2014 KR2Pro’s by Dalbello had arrived (see photo below) right on time (thank you Fed-Ex for your iPhone app), thank you Dalbello! The following day I packed up the truck for the 5 hour drive north of the border to B.C. and onto Whistler. I brought the entire box (boot’s and all contents) along with me, as well as my current ski boots.

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out of the box

Here are some photo’s of the boot……2013/2014 Dalbello Krypton 2 Pro …..(post punch-out by FANATYK CO)

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photo: brian hopper

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photo: brian hopper

As soon as we got to our condo in the village, I tried on the boots (with out molding the heat intuition liners yet). I could hardly get my foot in. First thought was perhaps I ordered the wrong size? Hmmmm. Well, I have my old boots to use. Went out and skied day one at Whistler. I intended to get the boots fitted that night after skiing, but if you know how Whistler goes…. there is always plenty to do, and the night was consumed with a late night game of cards in the condo with my crew.

Next day, skied all day again. Another great day skiing Whislter/Blackcomb. But that night after a quick hot-tub soak, I made a point to get the new Kryptons fitted. I knew which shop I would go to due to the amount of solid 10/10 reviews the shop had received: FANATYK CO. SKI&CYCLE. Multiple reviews rated this shop #1 for SKI and BIKE year after year. I recalled from previous visits to Whistler that this shop carried Dalbello, which was perfect. Upon walking in the shop I was immediatly greeted with a warm welcome (not bro-talked to data either). The guys were quick to get me in a fitting chair. Sitting in the chair while the Heat Intuition Liners were warming up I felt like I was in a hair salon. All the chairs lined up reminded me of an old-time hair salon for some reason. A salon for boots! Perfect.

example of a boot getting "punched"

example of a boot getting “punched”

The tech was excited about my boots. He stated he had not seen these yet. I mentioned they were next years boots. I did feel honored to be in next years boots, and the tech was just as excited to be working on next years boot! Primarily because Dalbello is their best-selling boot at Fanatyk Co. Thank you Dalbello!

The liners that Dalbello uses are the heat moldable Intuition Liners. And I quickly learned that they SHOULD NOT fit your foot at all until they are molded for your foot. Did not know that. Anyhow, the liners took 10 minutes to heat up. once they were ready, the technician had me step into the liners, and apply some forward lean. This took another 10 min’s or so. The whole process took about an hour. When complete, I mentioned to the tech that my left foot felt cramp a bit. The tech suggested to give a shot tomorrow on the hill, and come on back if I want it tweaked at all. See, what I learned is it is always best to start small and then work up. In other words, the tech wanted to see if the boots would feel better after a day on the hill, rather than blowing out the boot now.

The next day, I walked by the shop on the way to the gondola. My feet hurt. Seriously. I was worried i got a too small size. But I proceeded up the gondy, and skied a few runs. All i could think about was how my feet felt. Not good. I skied down to the gondola top terminal, and actually downloaded (have not done that before). I raced through the village back to the shop.

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…..toes feeling TIGHT and CRAMMED! 😦

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Taking a break, just re-buckled the boots (relieving pressure)….feet=no bueno.

I was again greeted by the same tech. I think he could tell what I was going to say as I probably was wearing it on my face. “Too cramp” the tech said. I explained to him the best I could where it felt tight. He said no problem. I sat back in the fitting chair. The tech quickly had my boot off and had me just in the liners. He drew out some lines with chalk on my liner this time, and took the boots with him to the back (see photo below).

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the back. where the magic happens (click this photo to see their website)

The tech mentioned it would take about an hour. Luckily I had my shoes with me, so I went out on the town, to grab a bite to eat at the infamous Splitz burger, a recent Whistler tradition! An hour went fast and I was excited to get back to try the boots on. Once again, I was greeted warmly by a different tech, and went back to the counter to check on the boots. And in the same fashion, the tech came out, boots in hand, smile on face, had me sit back in the chair. I lipped my foot in the boot. What sweet relief. The boot fit amazing. Truly amazing! I was surprised. Really, I thought the boot was too small. Taking a close examination of the boots, the tech was excited to show me where he punched out the shells and liners. “Try on the other one”, he exclaimed! Wow! I really was impressed. The boots fit like a glove!! I thanked the tech, and kept the boots on for a village stroll. Partially because I was so excited about the fit!!! I even went and enjoyed a coffee at the village Starbucks while wearing the boot (did I mention I am from Seattle??)!

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New boots and Starbucks. Doesn’t get any better than this.

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The MAN, the myth, the legend…..Scott. Click this photo to go to his website.

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The boots feeling great back home at Crystal Mountain. Photo: Matt Small

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The boots feeling great back home at Crystal Mountain. Photo: Matt Small

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Fanatyk co., I love you.

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Showing the punch out out boot (skier’s left side of the boot near the “pinky” toe area)

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Another shot showing the punch out out boot (skier’s left side of the boot near the “pinky” toe area)

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Love these boots….now.

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Again, showing the punched out area.

Thank you Fanatyk Co for the amazing boot fit! I will be back for any boot fitting needs!

Who: FANATYK CO. SKI and CYCLE

Where: Whistler Village

Contact: http://fanatykco.com

The Boot: 2013/2014 Dalbello KR2Pro

Click on any photo of a product scene in this review.

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Dalbello Boss Boot

Just arrived!!

just arrived!

just arrived!

Dalbello has it nailed!

In my opinion, the hottest boot out there right now. Dalbello is dominating the free ride boot market! And it is with obvious reason. Despite a roster including Tanner Hall, their boots really do speak for themselves!

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They have geared the perfect recipe of boot needs for today’s modern skier: peak to pipe to park.
Whistler is one place where I find myself coming from an incredible side country couloir and ending up in the park hitting booters immediately after and finishing in the pipe. Can one boot do all this?? Yes!!

With a simple three buckle system, it not only keeps the weight of the boot down but also eases in entry and exit. Plus a beefy power strap that tightly cuffs the top of the boot.
The Boss comes with replaceable toe and heel pieces to ensure long-lasting life of your boot.
I do love the color scheme which includes my favorite color of the 2012/2013 season: lime green!
The liners are fully heat moldable to ensure a perfect fit for your foot for all day play. Learn more/find specs/details: click here (EVO).