Dalbello Panterra 120 (2016)
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The Panterra 120 has a full complement of fit and function features that all work. It’s a solid and proven performer, checking all the key boxes for fit, flex feel, stance, and skiing strength-testers put it at the top for edge power and stability among wide rides. They loved the simple block-style hike mode switch-just pull it out to hike or walk. There’s also an effective flex adjuster. It comes pre-set to the stiffest setting; testers said the soft setting gains a longer range of flexion and quicker turns. The stance angles of the Panterra are in line with modern neutral norms, but they can be adjusted with a single-side lateral cuff adjustment. A boot-board ramp adjustment lifts the heel internally with the turn of an Allen key. The Variable Volume Fit first buckle is an interesting take on reducing lower boot volume. Set it for a roomy or snug fit over the forefoot and toes and then leave it alone-the boot goes on and comes off without ever having to release that first buckle setting. Testers noted that the fit is particularly high over the midfoot and instep, so it’s a great high-volume and high-arch solution with a stronger than 120 flex that can handle big, tall skiers.