Dalbello Veloce 130 GW

Model Year
2023-2024
Category
All-Mountain Traditional
Last Width
100
Flex Index
130
Price (MSRP)
$800.00USD

Sometimes a boot gets robbed at our boot test, and the Dalbello Veloce 130 might just be one of those models. When we went back through all the test forms and took a close look at testers' written comments it was apparent that there was very little wrong with it, in fact, testers heaped praise on the boot again and again. And yet our testers' scores didn't mirror their words. The obvious conclusion is that the Veloce is a great boot but somehow we failed it. Perhaps it's the green? Perhaps its name is too difficult for Americans to say: Veh-low-chay. Whatever the reason the Veloce 130 received a gold medal last year and a silver this time around, we're sorry Dalbello, but results are results and now we'll try to talk our way out of trouble.

Easy to move to next edge in heavy snow. Reacted quick without any feeling of ski disconnection, like the ski was a part of you. That's what one tester said of the Veloce 130 and another echoed that praise for its off-piste performance: It stood out in the heavy snow conditions, I felt I could motor through anything without getting bounced around. Most of testers' comments about the Veloce 130's performance were like this, revolving around its bankable stability and powerful transmission of energy to the ski's edge, and yet its quickness score was actually its highest performance metric. So, at least testers were in agreement that the Veloce 130 went everywhere they pointed it and got the job done without any fuss.

Fit-wise, testers agreed that this is a snug fitting medium width, with one of the most snug instep fits of the 100mm boots we tested. A few testers commented that there was a tight area over the top of the toes, which would most likely be resolved with a toe dam grind on the shell if a typical liner heat molding session didn't take care of it. Other than that, fit commentary and scores were positive and described an evenly distributed snug-medium grip throughout the lower boot and cuff with few hot spots of note. Several testers commented that the boot's out of box anatomical fit was its best quality.

On further examination of testers' comments it's clear that there wasn't a problem with the green, as explained by one tester: Looked good. Felt good. Skied good. With that said, we promise to work on our Italian pronunciation for next year's test.

Gender 
Men's
Sizes (MP) 
25.5-30.5
Hike Mode 
No
Construction 
Overlap
Boot width profile 
Medium
Also in this Collection 
120, 110, 100, 90
Cantology Compatible 
No
Total Avg Score 
4.40
Shell/Cuff/Tongue 
polyurethane/polyurethane
Anatomical Fit and Initial Feel 
4.44
Dynamic Balance 
4.22
Edge Power & Fore-Aft Support 
4.33
Quickness, Steering & Feel 
4.67
Convenience, Warmth & Features 
4.33
Tech Compatible 
No

Kudos

  • “The Veloce 130 is still right in the mix of the best medium with boots on the market probably a little more snug than some of the other medium with boots but its stance is dialed and the flex feels good. Super solid on edge and easy on and off with a simple closure system--just a good, solid boot.” -- Mark Elling
  • “It's a really snug 100mm but it's well-connected to the feet and handles really well.” -- Jim Morris
  • “Easy to move to next edge in heavy snow. Reacted quick. No feeling of ski disconnection. Allowed you to feel like ski was a part of you.” -- Stacy Crumpler
  • “The overall consistency of fit is its best quality--certainly the best Dalbello of the test, I think.” -- Charlie Bradley
  • “The Veloce 130 stood out in the heavy snow conditions--I felt I could motor through anything without getting bounced around and maintain turn shape. I liked the heavily contoured, consistent fit and its cushioned, grounded ride. ” -- Marc Stewart
  • “Dalbello has done a good job with Veloce.” -- Dallas Goldsmith

Caveats

  • “Its worst quality? It's not cushy, if that's what you like.” -- Jim Morris
  • “Super tight on the rearward top of toes...odd.” -- Stacy Crumpler
  • “Crushing the top of my foot, just forward of the instep and forefoot.” -- Erik Korman

This boot available at...

Wethersfield, CT
Columbia, SC
Telluride, CO
Morris Plains, NJ
Flagstaff, AZ

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