Dalbello V.I.R.U.S. Lite ID Alpine Touring Ski Boots 2012: Inspired by and developed with all the essential performance features of Dalbello’s award winning 3 Piece Cabrio Design Krypton series, the Dalbello V.I.R.U.S. Lite ID Alpine Touring Ski Boots incorporate innovative, patented technologies to reduce weight and maximize walking/touring functionality for the backcountry. Part of the Rider Development Project under the guidance of legendary extreme skier Glen Plake (who is also a patent holder), V.I.R.U.S. have been expedition tested all over the world: Himalayas, Alaska, Andes, Alps, and the Sierras. The Lite ID is ultra-lightweight boot with high tech fit, function and flex - the ultimate in crossover performance for alpine touring, backcountry, and freeride.
Intuition® I.D. Thermo Custom AT/BC liner - Specialized touring tongue design with lace-up system
EZ Walk/Flex design and construction
Combination Ultralon® HD + Enact™ (high density w/elastic foam resin) construction
Expanded Volume multi-laminated forefoot and toebox
Changing dynamic flex and performance is controlled by simply changing tongue material and geometry, or by limiting the forward movement of the boot cuff with the flex adjustment mechanism.
Lower Cuff Hinge
Twin Hinge Ski/Walk Mechanism – extra long glide range
3 Alu buckles
AT/Alpine Touring Norm with Integrated Alloy Interface Inserts
Lightweight PEBAX® construction
Vibram® Sole with Quadrablock stability pylons
Dalbello’s critically acclaimed, 3 Piece Cabrio Design combines a 3 piece construction assembly - shell/cuff/tongue – that comfortably secures the foot and lower leg while optimizing smooth and progressive flexibility. Smooth and progressive forward flex is precisely controlled using an external shell tongue. Only Cabrio Design ski boots feature rigid and precise lateral support while at the same time providing a smooth and progressive flex. Cabrio Design is able to adapt to a wider variety of feet shapes and instep heights than conventional ski boots due the “open throat” lower shell/shell tongue construction.
Bio-Stride Tongue (2 Piece/articulating) – soft flex
Dynalink is an independently functioning heel/instep closure band assembly that secures the skiers foot in the middle and rearfoot sections of the ski boot. The closure system prevents the lower shell from bulging and distorting when the boot is flexed forward. Because the skier’s foot is held more securely, high speed stability and control over the skis on irregular and difficult terrain is improved.
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Comments about Dalbello V.I.R.U.S. Lite ID Alpine Touring Ski Boots 2012:
did a load of research and bought these guys (without trying them on) specifically for a backcountry trip to the San Juans this Spring. Took them to my local shop and had the liners formed ... they melted into my feet superbly! amazingly comfortable, especially in comparison to my Freeride 130's. Spent a few days skinning through the backcountry with them and they were fantastic. the walk mechanism isn't so convincing at first but seemed to work pretty good. Had no problems when I was skinning. Ski'd the boots at Silverton too. For bootpacking I found that you still need to unbuckle to be comfortable. A great feature though is that the buckles stay tensioned to a degree even when unbuckled so they don't get in the way or flop all over like other boots. All in all I was really, really happy I dropped the dough. HOWEVER, these aren't as stiff as Mr. Plake makes it sound, they are good and my guess is better than a lot of other touring boots, but especially when I was at Silverton I found myself wishing I had my Lange's on the way back down. That said, the stiffness tradeoff is well worth it for real touring!