Dalbello DRS 130

Model Year
2016-17
Category
Frontside
Last Width
98mm
Flex Index
130
Price (MSRP)
$850.00USD

The Gist

The latest evolution of Dalbello's consumer race line impressed testers with a surprising ease of fit that pairs with serious power and accuracy.

Fit

Testers agreed across the board that this did not fit like a 98mm last. Medium width fit scores dominated test forms, with a few notes of peak pressure points over the top of the foot and at the navicular. Testers liked the firm grip at the heel and ankle but most commented that for a traditionally-snug fit one expects from a narrow-lasted frontside boot it would require a fairly thick foot to fill the gaps. That said, this is a great frontside option for skiers with higher volume feet, and testers mentioned that the cushy, comfy liner feel was a nice element here.

Performance

No matter what testers may have thought about its fit, there was no question that the DRS 130 skis with the best of them. Uncanny balance and feel for the snow mates with a wide and torquey power band for deeply scribed arcs on any surface. Testers mention that the forefoot feels particularly well planted on the ski for précised big-toe to little-toe transitions and fine edge feathering moves—skivot to carve like you're Ligety! Sorry Head.

Cool Features

This is a far cry from Scorpion days with regard to entry and exit—super easy now. Testers applaud the green and white cosmetic tradition here, and similarly dig the simple, straightforward features like dual-sided elliptical cam cuff adjusters and a cam lock power strap.   

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 110 $750, DRS 90 $550

Kudos

  • “Good, solid race boot. Reliable. No issues.” -- Russ Jackson
  • “There are high performance skiers with high volume feet who will love this boot.” -- Garrick Dardani
  • “Flexing brings pressure down onto the instep.” -- Charlie Bradley
  • “Roomy fit allowed for ample bloodflow.” -- Jeff "JC" Costales
  • “Snug, race-like heel is locked in!” -- Keith Holmquist
  • “Super carvy! Lots of support—no break down, no chatter.” -- Andrew Barr
  • “Skied like a winner!” -- Stacy Crumpler
  • “DRS—Dude, Rocket Ship! Surprisingly agile with yee haw rebound.” -- Kevin Gabriel
  • “Easy in and out for a Frontside boot!” -- Justin Campbell
  • “Seemed to put me in a perfect skiing position. Best Dalbello ever.” -- Dallas Goldsmith
  • “Edge grip like glue! Ski bender! DRS—Directly Responsible for Speed!” -- Mike Evans

Caveats

  • “Kept thinking there was too much room.” -- Stacy Crumpler
  • “Too roomy and detached-feeling for this category. Had to search for the sweet spot.” -- Greg Coulter
  • “Like riding Clydesdales with a soft saddle—couldn't harness the power.” -- Marc Stewart
  • “Wide, boxy forefoot fit—expected more from this boot.” --

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