Dalbello Krypton Cross (2006)

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Rating: 2.60 / 5
Price: $650.00
Year: 2006
Level: 3
Gender: Male

Toebox fit: 3.40 / 5
Forefoot fit: 3.00 / 5
Ankle fit: 3.20 / 5
Instep fit: 3.00 / 5
Adjustments: 2.50 / 5
Closure: 2.50 / 5
Response: 3.20 / 5
Support: 2.40 / 5
Flex: 2.90 / 5
Steering: 2.60 / 5
Comfort: 2.70 / 5
Average Score: 2.70 / 5

No boot has generated more buzz. Dalbello made two bold moves: deciding to resuscitate the much-lamented Flexon, a cult favorite that went the way of the Raichle brand, and signing up freeskiing icon Glen Plake to oversee its redesign. Like the Flexon, the new Krypton is a close-fitting, three-piece construction consisting of lower shell, cuff and signature Flexon shell-tongue, which plays a key role in the way it flexes. Plake replaced the unwieldy closure system with more conventional buckles, lowered the ankle hinges and sculpted his creation into a thing of beauty. But what shines through is the Krypton's smooth, progressive forward flex, likely to please bumpers and huckers in particular. "Fans of the Flexon will not be disappointed," says Speedy.

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Testers loved its heel-hold, lightness and adjustability. Dalbello’s three-buckle, three-piece design—cuff, lower shell and shell tongue—is soft-flexing at low speeds, but stiffer as you ramp it up, with positive heel-hold for good leverage over the edge. It’s highly adjustable for flex, forward lean and fit, so it suits a variety of foot shapes and skier styles with all-day comfort.