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Get these boots. Hands down, best boot I have ever used.
My boots are amazing. The fit, flex, liners, and everything about the boot is perfect. Toe bang- gone. Shinbang- gone. Sore feet- gone.
If you do not like the look of these boots, you are blind. The colors, although they are not flashy neon, are very stylish. The brown and white, with a little gold, is steezy. The liners are also fur, so the top of the liner hanging out of the boot looks cool.
These boots are expensive, and some other freestyle boots are going to be cheaper for sure, but if these fit you, I would highly recommend getting them. Krypton's are a steal!
I got a perfect size, I think. My shop heated up my liners and my shells, which made the fit even better. I have never been in such a comfortable boot, and noticed a huge difference in my skiing ability instantly. Do not order these online, however, because the shop guy was explaining that Dalbello's do not fit everybody well. They are a skinny boot. If you have skinny feet, you are a lucky man, but if you have wide feet, you should probably check out some Salomons.
The Krypton's are a boot that is not known for being stiff or loose, as it is able to be customized. I can adjust them to the perfect flex while I am skiing park and backcountry, but when I need to have them stiff for my school's race team, they can become stiff very easily.
Yes, these hold up with my abuse. Steep lines, cliffs, rails, park, ice, summer sessions, falling onto pavement, getting stuff spilled on them- you name it, I have done it to my boots. The plastic does not hold stains, so the white won't turn a different color.
This boot is almost infallable. About the only problems that you might ever find with it are fitting issues that can be fixed, or flex issues if you forget to adjust both boots the same.
All in all, Dalbello makes boots like Ferrari makes Ferraris.
They only focus on boots, and pride themselves on their product. They have found how to be successful as a private company, and they made these boots to be part of their highest successes to date. The Krypton series of boots is one of the best freeride boot series unleashed by any company, and offers what I think as the best sets in the industry.
Nordica has their Supercharger boots... which are good, but definitely not as customizable.
Salomon has SPK's and Xwaves, but same deal here. Not as customizable, and not quite the same thing.
Rossignol Scratches, Technica Agents, Lange Freerides and Fluids... none of these boots are the same as what has come from Dalbello in the Krypton series... and unless a miracle happens, I dont expect that to change for a while.
Tanner Hall puts his name to this boot. Need I say more?
Okay okay.. well, it is fucking awesome. The boot is a 3 piece boot, built as thick as a racing plug boot. This allows it to be super stiff in a sense of the plug boot in torsion, as well as allow you to actually flex the thing longitudinally.
A really good feature for all you park riders out there, is that this thing has a sort of a -shock absorber- in the heel.. which is good for all of those who DONT want to end up like Tanner Hall... screaming about his broken ankles.
The shock is a piece of moderately soft rubber in the heel section, that is super thick, and really does work to a good extent. It is set up in a way that when doing all mountain, it will not shock, and instead only goes into action when landing really hard off jumps for example.
This boot is Dalbellos revolutionary design that has came from its purchase of the Raicle Flexon design a few years back. They took that boot, which was designed in the 80's and FAR ahead of its time (hell, full tilt is still making it, only with a better liner) and found every way they could to make it better. They made the shell thicker, threw real buckles on it instead of cable buckles, made it a bit wider for freeriding, and made a really cool tounge design, which allows you to switch out the tounges and change the flex, stiffness, and flexpoints to offer a huge variety in styles.
This is a 3 buckle boot, which means one top buckle to hold in the cuff, one VERY IMPORTANT middle buckle, which draws your heel to the back of the heelcup and keeps it there.. similar to what the Salomon 3d buckle does, but even more so because its angle. The bottom buckle then acts in the same way as the arch buckle on most other 4 buckle boots. This means you have extremely good support for the base of your foot and means absolutely NO toebang if it is tightened correctly. The bottom buckle is also reversed, which is extremely helpful for those of you who have broken buckles several hundred times. it is also a really tough buckle, so dont even expect to break it. There is no toe buckle, because it is unecessary. The toe of the boot is made up of a shell that is super thick and can be shaved down to match your foot. The canting adjusters are on each side of the ankle, and are really easy to setup if so necessary.
Its impressive how light these boots are with how thick the shell is. They used some pretty awesome material, i must admit.
The liner is really really good, and packs down correctly. It has man fur on the top cuff portion, which is cool, because that stuff is so soft haha.
Really not that bad of a price. In my store we have them for 389.99. The Krypton Pros are about 200$ more than that, and are a stiffer, more all mountain boot.. but if you're a lighter guy that is doing a lot of jibs, its unecessary. Compared to other boots in the same category, such as the SPK and the Ignition, it is an all around better boot. Unfortunately for me, I have to have mine adjusted a thousand times to get them to fit right... unlike the SPK or ignition, which fit me like a glove (especially the Supercharger Ignition boot.. holy shit)
Being a bootfitter myself, and having been taught by Will, the Norcal Dalbello rep on how to adjust the fit for these boots, I can tell you a heck of a lot here.
First of all, this boot right out of the box is pretty mid-low volume. The toebox last is something like 98. Fairly slim. Also, the heel is fairly narrow as well. The cuff can be adjusted a thousand ways just by increasing the forward lean with a small cant adjuster that comes with the boot, in a bag full of adjustment goodies.
The boot is quite narrow, but if you have one of those super large, fat, technica boot feet, you're in luck. These boots are practically as thick shelled as racing boots. They are in fact about 9 mm thick, which is INSANE. If necessary, you can actually get your local bootfitter.. if you have one, to take measurements, and actually bore out a few mm out of the shell material in order to fit your foot, which is an incredible feature for this boot.
Some people i have tried these on had problems with the liner seams pressing into the top of the ankle, but this is an easy fix if you get them heatmolded, as those seams will dissapear right away. They will also mold to your foot after about 10 days on the slopes, so no worries there.
The Flex on this boot is the most interesting thing about this boot. Because it is a 3 piece, 3 buckle boot, it can be EXTREMELY versitile on its flex adjustment. You can take it from having an already fairly stiff flex (they say its an 8 flex) to a really stiff (12) flex. This can give you ability to have a soft enough boot for landing park jibs, whilst also allowing you to ramp up the stiffness to the max for doing powder and pipe... or just getting the most control out of your boot in general.
The boots are so freaking thick. You will never have problems really. In fact, with any boot out there today, there is ussually not a durability issue. The front binding lock ledge has no plastic wear piece on it, so I reccomend cat tracks for this boot to save it from being warn down in the parking lot. The reversed bottom buckle basically means you'll probably never break another buckle.