I have instructed downhill skiers each season since 1986. I am a Expert skier who is not as agressive anymore but still enjoys skiing off piste and steep terrain. I also participate in weekly recreational downhill race competitions.
What I LOVE About This Boot! I have an excellent boot fitter who recomended this boot for it's versitility in adjusting it's fit to my skiing style for the day.
I can remove "stiffinners" when teaching so I have a more relaxed, upright fit when working with beginners all day...The following day I can add the "stiffinners" for a recreational race or for better control in steep conditions. I have a high arch which was easily accomadated by adding arch supports that come with the boot which are adequate without inserting a custom made insole that most shops attempt to sell customers as an "extra must have" for a "good boot fit".
This boot is for the skier who understands thier equipment and, how to adjust it for maximum use. A reputable skilled boot fitter who desires to sell you the right boot for you vs. the most boot you can afford is ESSENTIAL. Don't buy because it is the most expensive...Buy because you require a high level, versitile boot!
Was this a gift?:
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
First off, my previous boots were Salomons. I was used to that fit-that a Mondo 25.5 was a 25.5. Dalbellos run big so consider this boot only if you are familiar with Dalbellos. Secondly, the fit on day 1 was great compared to the fit on day 3. The bootfitter I consulted-who worked exclusively with Dalbello-told me why. Dalbello liners pack out quickly. Completely unacceptible for a [$] boot!
Feels full size too big
Feels too wide
Was this a gift?:
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend