Stated Flex Rating: Adjustable up to 130
Stated Last: 98mm
BLISTER’s Measured Weight: (Shell) 2,071 and 2,066 g; (Liner) 613 and 617 g
Boot Sole Length: 327mm at 28.5
Skier: 6’0”, 160 lbs.
My Foot: I’ve been wearing 28.5, 98mm last boots for years. I have a long, low-volume, and boney foot.
Current Boot: Nordica Supercharger Enforcer 28.5
Test Location: Las Leñas Ski Resort
Testing Conditions: Las Leñas in August (warm and cold temps), riding the resort, several ~40-minute booters up to Cerro Martin, and one day skinning/booting over to Cerro Torrecilles. Incredible steeps to low-angle groomers and park; some powder, wind affected, chop, refrozen bulletproof, corn, groomed… a solid mix. Also one day at Alta (11” of pow on grass).
Days Tested: 12 (so far)
For 2013, Dalbello has made another round of changes to its three-piece “cabrio” designed boots. The new shell is called the Kr Two PRO and is available in several trims and flexes for both men and women.
The three-piece vs. overlap shell debate has been going on for years, with a recent resurgence by the three-piece design, thanks to Dalbello and Full Tilt. Many don’t believe it is possible to get the level of power and precision offered by a four-buckle overlap boot in a three-piece design. Others believe that if there is indeed a sacrifice in performance, it is intangible, and the ease of entry, smooth progressive flex, level of customization, and reduced shin bang provide by a three-piece is the way to go.
I am personally indifferent on the matter. I just want to find the best ski boot for me. I am not a 200-pound expert skier with a linebacker build, someone who believes my boot has to be the stiffest available to ski worth a nickel, or need a 130+ flex to be a member of the cool kids club. For the record, I am a 6-foot tall, 160-pound athletic skier; I like boots that allow me to feel my skis, with a medium-stiff flex—numbers seem to be arbitrary these days, but let’s say 115 to 120. From my experience so far, I have no trouble at all saying the new Kr Two PRO is the best performing three-piece boot I have ever ridden, and it rivals any traditional overlap boot I have been in as well.
I personally have been bouncing around between quite a few boots over the past few years, always going back to my aging Superchargers. I began experimenting with three-piece boots a few years back with a pair of Full Tilt Konflicts. The Konflict turned out to be an eye opener in many ways.
My skinny ankle and heel loved the retention the middle buckle provided. The 9 flex tongue was incredibly smooth yet still powerful enough for me, giving my shins a level of comfort in a ski boot they hadn’t seen…ever. The boot was also incredibly light, which made me feel like I was somehow cheating while hiking and tricking. Unfortunately, the buckles on the Full Tilts were trash, and the boots just didn’t feel precise, so I went back to my proven Nordicas.