The Dalbello Lupo 130 C is a one-boot-quiver for big mountain cabrio fanatics who also like to tour. The all-new Lupo 130 C’s redesigned hike mode and removable tongue drastically increase the boot’s range of motion to an impressive 67 degrees, and at 1920 grams (or 1640 without the tongue), the boot is also significantly lighter than Dalbello predecessors. To my surprise, these changes didn’t affect the boot’s skiability at all; the Lupo 130 C has the same progressive flex, excellent heel retention, and modern upright stance that I love about the Dalbello KR series.
This boot is backcountry-capable, but having to remove the tongues and carry them around with you on the skin track, and then replace them to ski, is just a pain in the ass. Also, the 130 C’s new liner is a huge step back in terms of warmth and comfort from the Intuition option that Dalbello customers have become used to. Despite its limited shortcomings, the Lupo 130 C truly achieves the “Krypton with a hike mode” vision that its loyal customers have been dreaming of over the past decade.