DaleBoot VFF (W)

Model Year
2017-18
Category
All-Mountain
Last Width
104 (tested); range 92-112
Flex Index
90 (tested); range 80-100
Price (MSRP)
$825.00USD

The Gist

The DaleBoot VFF (women's) is DaleBoot's softest model and intended for lighter weight and less aggressive skiers. If we were to throw out this boot's off-the-rack scores, since it is designed and sold as a fully custom-built boot, we'd have the only perfect score in the entire boot test.

The Fit

One of our testers who skied an un-customized VFF had this to say: "It seems pointless to test this boot off the shelf—if you are going to invest in this boot you will be investing the time to fully customize it as well." Her point was clear, the boot neither fit nor skied properly without undergoing the full process. On the other hand, one of our custom testers said this: "Wow, what a fun fitting process and what a fun boot to ski—I felt in perfect alignment with an excellent, enclosed fit." 'Nuff said. The VFF was tested as a wide last but is available from ultra narrow to ultra wide, as needed.

Performance

The VFF's softer flex is able to be adjusted within a 20 point range using the Variable Forward Flex spring-and-cable system which restrains the three-piece shell's forward flexion without fixing the upper cuff to the lower, maintaining a true three-piece shell's flex feel—long in travel and with a progressive resistance against the leg. Testers loved the rangy feel of their flexing movements while skiing, but cautioned bigger, more aggressive gals to consider stepping up to the stiffer VFF Pro. Testers found the same classic, close-to-snow feel on the VFF as with the other DaleBoot models.

Cool Features

An array of different Intuition liner options can be implemented to achieve an ideal fit, the boot's ramp angle is adjustable with the turn of a screw on the three-quarter length internal bootboard and final stance fine tuning is accomplished with DaleBoot's exclusive, snap-on, canted soles.

Gender 
Women's
Sizes (MP) 
22-34
Hike Mode 
No
Heat Moldable Liner 
Yes
Construction 
Cabrio/3-PC
Boot width profile 
Narrow
Medium
Wide
Also in this Collection 
VFF Pro, $825
Special Sizes 
XXL (32.0 and larger)
Cantology Compatible 
Total Avg Score 
15.80
  • 2017-18 Daleboot VFF Women's at America's Best Bootfitters Boot Test
  • 2017-18 Daleboot VFF Women's at America's Best Bootfitters Boot Test
  • 2017-18 Daleboot VFF Women's at America's Best Bootfitters Boot Test

Kudos

  • “Steering accuracy is its strong suit—good proprioceptive feedback!” -- Amy Post
  • “Nice and flexy at the top of the turn.” -- Megen Johnson
  • “Strong heel hold and easy to get on.” -- Kelly Finnen
  • “Easy to get on and nothing felt overly tight, just supportive. Quick steering.” -- Deb Mjelde
  • “I like how much you can feel the ski right under your foot.” -- Julia Carr

Caveats

This boot available at...

Newton, MA
Westborough, MA
Missoula, MT
Salt Lake City, UT
Pagosa Springs, CO

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