The original ski/hike boots were made of leather, which was great for the uphills but made things tough on the early freeriders. Luckily, leathers have gone the way of the 210cm straight ski, and we've been spoiled by the aggressive, high-powered design of ski/hike boots like the Dalbello Panterra 130 I.D. Ski Boot.
Don't confuse the Panterra with a lightweight AT boot—it's a downhill-first beast designed to be skied hard. It comes with a hard-riding 130 flex that you can push as hard as you like without overwhelming the boot and a center-balanced Rocker stance that's meant to help you stay balanced on wider, bigger skis. A Dalbello isn't a Dalbello without the famous Cabrio three-piece design and Contour 4 Fit system, both of which are designed to provide maximum adjustability and comfort without the need for lots of grinding, punching, or fiddling. The Panterra also comes complete with adjustable flex, lean, heel inclination, and canting, so you can dial the boot in to your exact specs without spending hours, and stacks of cash, at the bootfitter.
The Panterra's hits just keep on coming, too. The Split Fit tongue makes it easy and comfortable to slide your boots on and off, even with their burly design, and the I.D. Max heat-moldable liner provides fully customizable comfort, warmth, and snug precision. Like any good Dalbello, the Panterra also sports the legendary Dynalink Rearfoot Retention buckle, which pulls your heel into the pocket for unbeatable heel hold. At the toe, the Variable Volume Fit buckle lets you select between three last widths: 100, 101, and 102mm. And, of course, we'd be remiss not to mention the Panterra's Hike/Ski cuff mechanism, which lets you unlock the cuff from the shell for better ankle flexion and easier hiking, so you can cruise up those in-bounds and backside hikes.
- Progressive freeride boots for all-mountain domination
- Stiff 130 flex for driving big skis down big terrain
- Variable Volume Fit adjusts between 100, 101, and 102mm
- My Fit Technology allows shell and liner to be customized
- Three-piece Cabrio shell has a smooth forward flex
- Center Balanced Stance distributes weight for more power
- Flex Control adapts to changing conditions and temperatures
- Ski/walk mode for long bootpacks and quick tours
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
This boot is really fantastic!! The 130 flex is perfect for hard driving down a groomer or landing a nice cliff. I also really like thermo liner, as you can have it professionally molded or just pack it out run after run. My favorite part about these boots is the adjustable last, which is a footsaver during loooong ski days. Overall this is a very versatile boot for hard charging individuals.