If a person were to place a wanted ad in a paper for a pair of boots made for long spring mountaineering tours, all-day comfort, and easy uphill walking with a claimed 65-degree range of motion, I bet these boots would answer. Possibly, if the stars align, there is potential for love at first sight. At least that’s the guess I’m hazarding at first look. Although knowing Dalbello’s history of making ripping alpine boots, I wouldn’t put it past them to make a lightweight boot that charges in midwinter powder and steeps as well.
Right off the bat, it’s obvious they’ve figured out a way to minimize weight by eliminating all buckles and creating a boot that weighs in at a light 1103g per boot (size 25.5, spoiler included). The cuff buckle usually appearing on most boots is replaced by a piece of easily sinch-able Dyneema cord. The cord attaches to the walk/ski (or hike/ride in Dalbello’s terms) mode lever in the back of the boot and a small cleat in front. By tensioning the cord, the boot’s upper is locked out.
A quick lacing system referred to as QLS, similar to BOA, easily tightens the bottom half of the boot, snugging it around the foot. Unclear as of yet how to fix the system in the event of failure, however, Dalbello states QLS replacement parts are available. (We’ll have more on QLS replacement in our long-term review.)