Contour 4, a proprietary term for the anatomical shaping of their ski boot shells, applies throughout the product line-this “foot mapping” provides small contours in the shell molds for the base and head of the 5th metatarsal, navicular and inside ankle.
One significant and persistent problem is being addressed; entry and exit of the Strike, Scorpion’s new moniker, even for experienced skiers, can be challenging. Dalbello has done to the Scorpion/Strike shell what has been done to the Viper…a softer plastic at the throat and at the top of the instep allows easier opening.
The KR 2 (Krypton 2) is the updated and refined successor the original Krypton. Included in this series are the KR2 Pro, KR2 Rampage and the KR2 Chakra.
The KR 2 is reconfigured and re-lasted from the 1st generation Krypton yet still maintains the character and feel of the 3-piece Cabrio design. The last of the lower shell is dramatically different than its predecessor and is reminiscent of the Scorpion/Strike with the same Contour 4 foot mapping and on-snow power.
Compared to the gen 1 Krypton, the heel and mid-foot is narrower, instep volume is medium, forefoot width is in the snug low-to-medium volume and the toe box roomy with more up-and-down space than the original Krypton shells.
On snow the KR2 has heaps more power and precision than the gen 1 Krypton while maintaining the same Cabrio feel and fluid range of motion at the ankles. The shell around the feet is so much more precise that the subtlest motions within are crisply transmitted and feedback is very accurate.
The shaft of the boot is relatively high on the lower leg so there are some inhibitions on the use of the everter’s (a set of muscles at the outer part of the lower leg that contribute to foot steering). This is an issue only for those who like to use more eversion inside the boots.
The lateral stiffness of the KR 2 is terrific. Given the prevalence of wide-waisted skis, at least in the western states, this is important because of the leverage needed to initiate turns and hold an edge.
The Scorpion becomes the Strike for 2013-2014; the ladies will become the Truth. We will have the Strike in a 120 flex as opposed to the burly 130. This 120 flex rating opens up the saleable range for the Strike, the Scorpion 130 could well have been sold as a 150. The Truth still carries a 105 flex; in this boot it seems a more realistic rating.
With the Strike/Truth there is a subtle but significant change; similar to the Viper, Dalbello has put softer shell plastic from the instep buckle up the throat where the instep of the foot gets lacerated during entry and exit. Not a new concept to be sure but a welcome one in this series.
The predecessor to the Strike and Truth introduced the Contour 4, spots in the shell molds for the points of the foot discussed earlier; base and head of the 5th metatarsal, navicular and medial ankle.
Both the Strike and Truth have arguably the narrowest heel pockets of any boots. The medial wall is vertical with one of the relief points for the navicular; the lateral mid-foot is very close and has a relief for the base of the 5th metatarsal.
The forefoot is cozy (98mm); one of the Contour 4 relief sites eases a common pressure point at the head of the 5th. The toe box has plenty of wiggle room.
Dalbello utilizes an offset to their shells, they are not considered any more “abducted” than the norm; the shell is positioned more laterally in relation to the toe and heel sole lugs that hold the boots onto the skis. This places the feet more directly over the inside edges of the skis. The net effect is outright precision…no slacking off allowed.
Whatever terminology you choose, both the Strike and the Truth are remarkably efficient. The immediacy imparted by the medial wall instills confidence
In the 100mm category is the Viper Surge 120 and the ladies Mantis at an 85 flex.
These boots offer a good balance of fit and stance; the forefoot complements an anatomically shaped toe box, the instep height is medium volume. The mid-foot becomes more vertical and the heel pocket is well defined.