Pros: The Krypton has grown up
Cons: Not as playful as Krypton 1.0
Fit & Design:
This is a review that a good amount of people have been waiting for. First off a bit of history. I was skiing in Raichle Flexons for the better part of 20 years when Dalbello first introduced the Krypton in 2005. I was the first person that was not on Dalbello's payroll to get a pair so I had the chance to beta test the boot early on. I skied the Krypton, in various incarnations including some modified IL Moro's. I like the boot a lot, I found it to be very playful but as my skiing progressed and got more technical, I was finding the limitations so I switched to a 4 buckle shell. The limitations I was finding in the original Krypton was a heel pocket that was too generous along with too much forward lean and too much ramp in the footboard, my skiing evolved to be more upright. The NEW KR2 has addressed those shortcomings that I felt the original Krypton had by reducing the ramp of the Zeppa and making the boot more upright. The heel pocket is more defined and the whole interior "plug" is now actually shaped like a foot, there is even actually a defined cavity for the navicular bone. Interior length has also increased. Where in my old Krypton (and Flexon) I was in a 26.5 shell and the amount of work that would have been required to squeeze into the 25 would have been too much. In the new boot, the 25 shell (297mm) is a much more generous fit. So like a new Lange RS/RX, you can easily downsize. The Intuition liner is actually all new too. The foams are new and denser for a better fit.
On the snow feel is dramatically different than the old boot and much more like my Nordica Patron Pro's for on snow feel, very traditional and straight forward in performance, not as "playful" as the old boot was, just a bit more serious. This is not good not bad, just different. I didn't need to adjust my lateral stance at all and where I am usually 1*-1.5* out of my right boot, I felt no tendency to A-frame in the Krypton KR2. Laterally, the new boot is much more powerful than the old boot too.
As far as the cons, to expand on the lack of playfulness, I am not sure it is because I have been in a more traditional boot of late with regular liners, I found a bit of vagueness in tip initiation and I am not sure it was from the stance, cabrio design or the plusher ID liner. I need to spend some more time in the boot on some less crowded trails when I can let the boots run a bit more. But even in the short time I was in the boot, the new KR2 is the best of the 3 buckle boots for power and performance.
Shell Size Tested: 25.5/297mm
Flex rating: 130
Ski tested with: 2013 Blizzard Bonafide w/ Look Pivot14
Modifications done to boot: ID Liner molded to foot. Regular tongue.
Environment & Conditions:
Location of Test: Northstar
Number of Runs: 4
Snow Conditions: Packed to Spring like
Demo or Own: Demo
Height/Weight: 5'10" 190lb
Ski Days/Season: 60+
Years Skiing: 35
Aggressiveness: Moderate (Finesse)
Current Quiver: 10 Kastle MX78, 13 Blizzard Bonafide, 13 Blizzard Gunsmoke, plus various vintage skis
Home Area: Squaw & Northstar
Preferred Terrain: bumps, off-piste, trees
Foot Length (semi weighted) : L:265mm R:267mm
Footshape: I have a medium instep, strong arch and 9* dorsal range in my ankle. Calf is high and my lower leg is very skinny.