Dalbello DRS 130

Model Year
2017-18
Category
Frontside
Last Width
98
Flex Index
130
Price (MSRP)
$850.00USD

The Gist

Testers like the creature comforts found in the fit and liner feel of the 2018 Dalbello DRS 130, and many sang the praises of its power and balance, but others couldn't get past its out-of-category roominess.

The Fit

The anatomical curves are there for the thicker of foot to appreciate, but low volume feet will swim a bit in the DRS 130 unless they're able to downsize, which a few of our testers did. The liner is pretty plush and cushioned for a Frontside category contender, in which a few testers luxuriated  while others whined that the fit seemed to be getting larger as they skied it. Generally testers thought the DRS's uber-comfy fit was a better match in the All-Mountain category where it might be classed as a quite generous narrow or even a medium width. 

Performance

Testers liked the tall and upright cuff for loading tons of power to the edge. Guys with a bit more foot volume gave it good quickness scores and liked the underfoot connection with the snow.

Cool Features

The green and white paint job was a split decision for our team—so lucky that there's an all-black version (DRS 130 AB, with replaceable soles)! There are also 80- and 90-flex versions with a lower cuff for women or kids, and a 110 version with the taller cuff like the 130.

Gender 
Men's
Sizes (MP) 
22.0-29.5
Hike Mode 
No
Heat Moldable Liner 
No
Construction 
Overlap
Boot width profile 
Narrow
Also in this Collection 
DRS 130 AB, $800; DRS 110, $750
Cantology Compatible 
Total Avg Score 
17.67
  •  2017-18  Dalbello DRS 130 at America's Best Bootfitters Boot Test
  •  2017-18  Dalbello DRS 130 at America's Best Bootfitters Boot Test
  •  2017-18  Dalbello DRS 130 at America's Best Bootfitters Boot Test
  •  2017-18  Dalbello DRS 130 at America's Best Bootfitters Boot Test

Kudos

  • “Powerful boot! I liked how quickly it moved to the edge.” -- Charlie Bradley
  • “Good, solid frontside performance—good leverage when laid over.” -- Bruce Jackson
  • “Lightweight and can be steered.” -- Erik Korman
  • “Rearfoot power hold with freedom for my toes—from the first turn this boot rocked my world!” -- Jim Schaffner
  • “Very, very, very powerful! Good stance angles, too.” -- Marc Stewart
  • “Powerful edge control and excellent fore-aft support.” -- Pat Sullivan
  • “Strongly powerful cuff. Tank like.” --

Caveats

This boot available at...

Stowe, VT
Warren, VT
Killington, VT
Ludlow, VT
Westborough, MA
Princeton, MA

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