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 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.
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.
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.
“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.” --
“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