Intuition I.D. Liners (Spiral Wrap)
Two Tongues: 130 flex and 110
Worn 30 days on Line Sir Francis Bacon and Armada Norwalk Skis wiith Marker Griffon and Tyrolia AAAttack bindings.
Terrain: Heli powder to charging the most difficult terrain Revelstoke Mountain has to offer and everything in between.
I'll preface by saying I'm not a bootfitter or anything, but there's no info on these boots around so figured I'd try and give some.
Before I bought these boots I was going to buy the KR2's. The Lupo is Sean Pettit's pro model and ultimately a KR2 with a few really nice features. Dalbello made the change to a more upright stance when they released the KR2 from the traditional forward lean boots, which for a lot of people was not a popular move. The Lupo is an elaboration on the upright stance boot and to a growing number of people, including myself now, the upright stance is the future of skiing.
The Krypton line has been a very popular line for a long time and the KR2 is considered by many to be as good as it gets for a freeride boot. But what if that boot had more features without sacrificing performance? Enter the Lupo. (which means wolf btw)
The big difference between the KR2 and Lupo is the walk mode, so lets talk about it. I was skeptical of anyone's ability to put a "walk mode" on a boot and not compromise performance, but this boot is every bit as powerful as the KR2. It's a burly "walk mode" setup, to the point where it's pretty difficult to close the buckle the first little while. Once activated the walk modes range of travel is only few inches, which has people sneering. Although next year's Lupo's will supposedly be tech friendly, touring is not this boots purpose. I think "relax mode" is more appropriate because that's how I use the rear buckle. Maybe you're hiking around your resort or building a booter. Maybe you're waiting for a heli or cat. Maybe you're having a few beers with your boots on. Maybe you work at the hill and stand around half the time, all of these things are so much better in "relax mode".
The other big difference is the replaceable rubber soles, which I adore. They are grippy on ice, cement, stairs, heli's, rocks...you name it. Plus did i mention they're replaceable? The Lupo fits nice right out of the box from most people i've talked to, assuming you are in the 98mm area. My foot is actually 95, but the the heat molded ID liner and Dynalink heel retention buckle keep my feet right where I want it. There are no pressure points which has never happened for me before.
I'm not really going to get into on snow performance, they are nearly identicle to how the KR2's perform and there are lots of reviews on those boots. However the rubber soles do have a very slight dampening effect. This is good or bad depending on how you look at it. I used to own the Krypton Cross, which has now evolved into the KR2. The Cross had a great Gel shock absorber under the heel, which didn't make the cut when they changed to the KR2 design. The rubber soles are no gel shock absorbers, but they are quit nice feeling if you're dropping cliffs, pillow lines or do anything where a hard landing might come in to play. The dampening feeling is again, very slight. I only noticed because I tried the KR2 and Lupo on the same day, i don't think most people would even notice. This is a powerful performer.
My opinion is, if you could have a ski boot with more features and still be a top performer why wouldn't you?