2013 Dalbello Krypton Two KR Pro

The Krypton Pro certainly isn’t a stranger to the 3-piece boot market, but the 2013 Krypton Two KR Pro has been significantly re-hauled for 2013. We’ve been eager to check out a pair since trying the boots on at SIA, so we’ve brought them to Las Leñas.

Lange XT 130 LV

Also with us in Las Leñas, the new Lange XT 130 LV, a freeride alpine boot with a walk mode. In short, Lange is calling it a high-performance alpine boot that climbs, and we’re here to see if it lives up to the expectations.

12/13 Atomic Redster Pro 130

Atomic Redster Pro 130, Blister Gear Review

In addition to the 13 pairs of skis that we’ve brought to Las Leñas, we figured we might as well bring some boots, too. Here are the boots that we’ve been slinging over our shoulders and backpacks through airports and bus stations, and the boots we got on snow for the first time yesterday. First up, the 12/13 Atomic Redster Pro 130.

2010-2011 Scarpa Mobe alpine touring boot

2010-2011 Scarpa Mobe alpine touring boot, Blister Gear Review

Boots: Scarpa Mobe, size 27.5, 104mm last

Skier: 6’2”, 210lbs, athletic, technically proficient, fast and fluid skier.

Foot: size 10.5 / 11 street shoe, c+ width (105mm width, static/weighted), high instep, low volume ankle and lower calf.

My regular ski boots: Nordica Jah Love, 98mm last, 130 flex with no grinding or punches.

Conditions tested: Backcountry powder, sun effect, wind effect, inbounds soft, chalk, firm. Basically everything.

Duration of test: 30 days.

The Scarpa Mobe boot was lust-worthy when it arrived. It is quite well made, and a lot of attention has gone into designing a boot with a fair amount of lateral stiffness and a nice, progressive forward flex. It also felt light in my hand out of the box. I was excited to test this boot and I quickly developed high hopes for it – to the point that I was dreaming of getting rid of my alpine boots and just skiing the Mobe every day. For me, that is saying something, since I’ve never been impressed enough by any touring boot to consider skiing in one all the time.

Touring around my living room in the Mobe, the walk mode certainly seemed adequate. The boot has significantly more articulation than the Black Diamond Factor or the Salomon Quest, but it offers slightly less range of motion than the Dyanfit Titan. I found myself walking at only a slightly diminished stride in this boot compared to a true backcountry boot.

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