Dalbello Proton 8 (2008)

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Rating: 3.47 / 5
Price: $450.00
Year: 2008
Level: 3
Gender: Male

Toebox fit: 4.00 / 5
Forefoot fit: 4.00 / 5
Ankle fit: 4.00 / 5
Instep fit: 4.00 / 5
Adjustments: 3.00 / 5
Closure: 3.30 / 5
Response: 3.41 / 5
Support: 3.19 / 5
Flex: 3.27 / 5
Steering: 3.49 / 5
Comfort: 3.70 / 5
Average Score: 3.30 / 5

There’s ample room, especially in the toe box, but Dalbello restrains the cushiness in favor of responsive steering. That came through on the scorecards, where the Proton topped the category in both Steering Power and Overall Impression (where Cruiser scores tend to be low). It sliced through choppy snow with ease. Sabanosh, usually a tough judge, called it “my favorite in the category: comfortable, supportive, can tip any ski on edge.”

Best For

Chunky feet looking for performance.

Not For

Low calf muscles. Rear cuff rides high.