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.
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.
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.
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.
“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
“Steering accuracy is its strong suit—good proprioceptive feedback!” -- Amy Post
“Buckles are not user friendly.” -- Megen Johnson