The big mountain freeride legend is back for 2014. The top model in the KR 2 series, the Dalbello KR 2 Pro ID Ski Boots are engineered for aggressive and accomplished big mountain free-riders. The KR 2 Pro provides lightweight comfort, exceptional warmth, happy amounts of shock absorption and a firm foothold. There are reasons why this boot dominated the ski awards in 2013.
Contour 4 Shell-Fit Exclusive Dalbello construction technology that maps the anatomical contours of the foot to create subtle "comfort zones" at 4 critical foot points: ankle, heel, 5th metatarsal & navicular. Relief contours molded into the inside lower shell at these 4 points provide a close and accurate fit and minimize the need for shell modifications.
Last: 98 mm Performance fitting cabrio design last shape in all KR 2 models features extreme tapering in rearfoot and achille’s zones with comfort fit forefoot volume. Dalbello’s most accurate and close fitting anatomic last shape features innovative Contour 4 fit technology.
130 Flex rating A very stiff flex rating is designed for expert skiers who charge hard, fast and confidently, and require a very supportive boot.
Adjustable Flex Tongues 2 Interchangeable Tongues - Stiff and Medium Flex
Kinetic Response Tongue Rigid lateral support for dynamic power-to-ski energy transfer with comfortable, smooth flex
ID Thermo Pro Liner Made with a no-tongue overlap design these liners are pre-formed for try on comfort, and can be 100% custom heat molded.
Cabrio Design Cabrio Design ski boots are uniquely engineered to incorporate 3 components: the lower shell, upper cuff and, and external shell tongue. This permits the use of stiffer plastics in the lower shell without affecting the smooth and progressive forward flex that's controlled with the shell tongue. This design strengthens the support around the foot for precise lateral transfer of power. Overall the advantage is smoother power transmission, progressive flex and dynamic rebound. Plus the boot is super convenient to put on and take off.
Shell / Cuff / Tongue PU / PU Bi-Injected / PA
Center Balanced Stance Today's modern rockered skis and lateral skiing technique require a much more upright and neutral (flatter) stance. Once only offered to racers, Dalbelllo is the first company to deliver this performance enhancing technology to the hungry masses. Center Balance "Rocker" Stance allows skiers of all stripes to take full advantage of their equipment by centering their body mass over the sweet spot of their skis for more power and control with less effort.
Low Cuff Hinge Low hinging cuff follows natural movement of the leg throughout flex, delivering more power and leverage directly to the ski.
Adjustable Forward Lean 3 total positions possible - No wedge, Small wedge or Medium wedge for varying angles of attack
Dynalink Dalbello Exclusive Dynalink closing system: instep buckles linked to shell for highly effective rearfoot closure system minimizing foot sliding, heel lift and boot shell distortion for improved control and enhanced performance leaving the cuff free to flex.
3 Microadjustable F-500 Aluminum buckles, 1 Inverted
Dalbello KR 2 Pro ID Ski Boots do indeed have a power strap
Adjustable Footboards 2 Interchangeable Footboards - Firm and Anti Shock
Solid Lug Bootsole
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Comments about Dalbello KR 2 Pro ID Ski Boots 2014:
This is the highest-performing, best-fitting, most capable boot I have ever skied.
Although I have only tried on a dozen or so boots and skied only a handful, I believe I am an experienced enough skier to understand what a boot needs to do. Personally, I find that the KR2 exceeds all expectations. Maybe there is a boot as capable (for me), but I doubt anything superior exists (for me).
I have skied the following boots: Salomon X3 130, Salomon X Max 130, Fischer Soma Viron, Apex MC-2
And worn the following: Full Tilt Konflict, Nordica Ace of Spades, Dalbello Il Moro T ID, Full Tilt Dropkick, Tecnica Diablo Inferno 150, Icelantic First Degree Stormtrooper
As you can see my exposure is limited. However, the performance of the KR2 is so exceptional that I feel confident echoing praise from other positive reviews around the internet. Believe the hype.
For me, the KR2 excels for the following reasons:
Heel hold! - As soon as your heel disconnects from your boot-board you have lost precise control of your skis. The KR2 locks your heel down like it's being molded in concrete. No other boot I have worn comes close. I have heard more than one boot-fitter remark that a bit of heel-lift is inevitable. Simply not the case with this boot. Expect more.
Progressive flex - I'm a convert to the 3-piece school. I haven't found an overlap boot that flexes as smoothly and without shell distortion. In my humble opinion a three-piece shell is a superior design for all conditions except race speeds (50+ mph) down meticulously groomed trails. You might want close to zero flex for stability and control at these speeds. Everywhere else (BC, crud, bumps, cliffs) shin bang just sucks! That being said, throw in the stiffer tongue and firm boot board on the KR2 and I bet you could ski these things against any of the race-specific, super stiff boots out there. I'd love to see the KR2 take on the gates against some WC plug boots. Which brings us to:
Adaptability - Swap tongues for flex adjustment. Replace stiff boot-board with rubber option for hard landings. Full cuff-alignment. Plug in different width plastic shims for shifting forward lean.
Lateral power - This boot makes my feet stronger. I have moderately collapsed arches and the ankle shape of the KR2 corrects for it. I know it sounds unlikely but these boots force your feet into their most powerful stance, with the heel and outer edges of the forefoot forming a stable tripod primed for destroying cruddy snow and managing g-forces on edge. I will need to add an arch support to compliment the mechanics of the boot but even with stock insoles these have already made me a much stronger skier.
Edge feel - Consider that your feet are pretty vulnerable in a hard carving turn. They are being shifted off their bases and balanced on a very slim profile. The edges of our feet are similarly utilized in other sports when changing direction aggressively, but rarely do they take the full weight of the body for extended periods as while carving on skis. Add g-forces and it's amazing how much force the small muscles of the feet and lower legs manage. Now try making micro-adjustments or absorbing bumps under all that pressure. Well, something about the design of the KR2 allows for just that. You feel centered and balanced on your edges, and that stability provides great feedback, letting you actively drive your skis through a turn - as opposed to your legs and body just being along for the ride. You stay more involved throughout the turn. This is obviously a subjective experience but one I am confident others will notice.
Power transmission - This is basically a general reiteration of what has already been said. The KR2 makes your feet and ankles stronger. I use the thinner tongues for more flex (shock absorption, basically) and still find plenty of control and precision when getting forward and aggressive. These boots are built burly in their DNA. Additionally, the foam of the Intuition liners is very dense and keeps your foot glued to the shell of the boot for race-level precision and control. Speaking of the liners . . .
Warmth -Intution liners are a globally superior piece of hardware. The fact that they are included stock with this version of the boot is just awesome. Don't even think of opting out. They outperform other liners in every way and they are WARM. When I take them off my feet steam! Plus they're custom-moldable, doable at home using the instructions on the Intuition website.f
Build Quality - My Salomon X Max 130's are top shelf boots. They were really expensive. And while they are exceptional boots I am unimpressed with the fit and finish overall. Rough edges and micro imperfections abound. Not so with the KR2. Have you ever slammed the door on a BMW and felt the superior build quality on a visceral level? Well, buckling up the KR2 provides the same sensation.
In conclusion - The KR2 is the world's most advanced three-piece boot. It provides the best features of the three-piece shell while managing to match the performance of even the burliest overlap boots. It's extremely adaptable. It's beautifully made. And it's powerful. It will make you a better skier. Frankly, it will rock your taint clean off given the chance. Try it and see.