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post #1 of 13
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I own a pair of dalbello boots (4 or 5 yrs old). A ski shop in colorado told me the bottoms of the boots were worn down to the point that i need  new bottoms. the shop told me it would be no problem getting replacement bottoms but i wasnt staying long enough.I live in Phila. and it seems here in the east im having trouble ordering them. Where can I find them(dalbello web site has no info),or should i bite the bullet and buy new boots?

post #2 of 13

Have you contacted any brick and mortar shops that also sell on line (Start Haus carries Dalbello). Seems like the major companies only want to deal with dealers, not consumers. You're lucky the part is still available. I had no luck with a pair of 5 year old Solly's.

post #3 of 13

You should bite the bullet. If you've worn them enough to have the sole gone, the plastic is aging and the liner is shot. Plus, the cost of putting on a new sole will not be trivial. The new Dalbellos have lasts that are significantly better, closer to the shape of a human foot. Try a pair on and be pleasantly surprised...

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You should bite the bullet. If you've worn them enough to have the sole gone, the plastic is aging and the liner is shot. Plus, the cost of putting on a new sole will not be trivial. The new Dalbellos have lasts that are significantly better, closer to the shape of a human foot. Try a pair on and be pleasantly surprised...

I disagree. If the boots still fit well--not too loose--I'm not sure how a new boot with a "better" last will fit better. (The last may be closer  to the shape of a human foot, but the OP's foot may not be.) If the liners are packed out to the point that they are too loose, the liners can be replaced for much less than the cost of new boots. Replacing the heel and/or toe pieces shouldn't be that expensive, and the plastic should still be good for quite a few more years. It doesn't take that much wear before the boot won't conform to the DIN standard--which is why I walk with sole protectors. 

 

OP--if your bindings still can be adjusted safely to fit your boots the sole pieces don't have to be replaced--they may be getting close but if you wear sole protectors--I recommend Yaktrax' Skitrax--you may be ok for a while longer. If you want to be sure take the boots and skis to a shop, check for the boot moving in the binding with the binding closed--it shouldn't move--and have the release values tested.

 

Now if you're looking for an excuse to buy new boots . . . . 

post #5 of 13

Any Dalbello dealer can get the soles for you for around $30. OP did not mention any fit issues so buying new boots just because on a worn sole is insane IMO. Call Salters Ski shop (610) 539-8003  and order a set up. Easy. 

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I disagree. If the boots still fit well--not too loose--I'm not sure how a new boot with a "better" last will fit better. (The last may be closer  to the shape of a human foot, but the OP's foot may not be.) If the liners are packed out to the point that they are too loose, the liners can be replaced for much less than the cost of new boots. Replacing the heel and/or toe pieces shouldn't be that expensive...

 

 

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Any Dalbello dealer can get the soles for you for around $30. OP did not mention any fit issues so buying new boots just because on a worn sole is insane IMO. Call Salters Ski shop (610) 539-8003  and order a set up. Easy. 

 

Well, yes and no. As a long time Dalbello user, I've discovered the following: 1) He doesn't mention the model of his boot, but Dalbello is about as easy to get recent replacement soles from as from my departed 4th grade teacher. I ordered some last season, and they still haven't arrived. "Production problems," is what my dealer said Dalbello told him. So you're assuming that Dalbello even has sole blocks from that long ago. For that matter, OP doesn't say "blocks," you guys do. And blocks weren't very common 5 years ago. Are you sure he isn't just referring to full plastic soles that are shot?

 

Also, liners are non-trivial. Intuitions will run over $100. If he wants to order a current factory liner, he'll get to wait, and my experience suggests it won't be that cheap. A pair of tongues ran me $60. I'd bet liners will be more than that. 

 

So we're up to $100+, and a good long wait, probably next season. He can get a new boot from last season for under $300 right now. So your point is? 

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Well, yes and no. As a long time Dalbello user, I've discovered the following: 1) He doesn't mention the model of his boot, but Dalbello is about as easy to get recent replacement soles from as from my departed 4th grade teacher. I ordered some last season, and they still haven't arrived. "Production problems," is what my dealer said Dalbello told him. So you're assuming that Dalbello even has sole blocks from that long ago. For that matter, OP doesn't say "blocks," you guys do. And blocks weren't very common 5 years ago. Are you sure he isn't just referring to full plastic soles that are shot?

 

Also, liners are non-trivial. Intuitions will run over $100. If he wants to order a current factory liner, he'll get to wait, and my experience suggests it won't be that cheap. A pair of tongues ran me $60. I'd bet liners will be more than that. 

 

So we're up to $100+, and a good long wait, probably next season. He can get a new boot from last season for under $300 right now. So your point is? 

Agreed--if we're talking about replacing a whole sole that's a different story. As far as liners, if in fact he needs them, which he hasn't said he does--for the money spent on Intuitions he'll wind up with a pair of boots better than what he started with (unless the original liner was Intuition, but was Dalbello using Intuitions in any of its boots back then?). I would never get rid of a pair of boots I liked just because the liner is shot. A-it's a waste of money, B-the new boots may cause years of misery resistant to all attempts to fix them--there are plenty of threads on this forum about that. As far as waiting for sole blocks, the OP has boots he can still use while he waits. And if they aren't available he may get by if he protects the soles, as I said. Yes, plastic sometimes deteriorates, sometimes not. My wife's 25+ year old Flexons are doing fine (her knees not so well.)

 

Can someone explain to me how you replace a whole sole on a ski boot (unless it's a boot with AT and Alpine interchangeable soles)? I didn't know you can do that.

post #8 of 13
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Thank you for everyones help. I went to Salters. They can replace the bottoms no problem for $45.00 and they screw them on. That solved the problem. It was the only part of the boot needed fixing. I was glad i found Salters. They new what i needed and had a lot of good ski stuff.Thank you all for your help.

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Well, yes and no. As a long time Dalbello user, I've discovered the following: 1) He doesn't mention the model of his boot, but Dalbello is about as easy to get recent replacement soles from as from my departed 4th grade teacher. I ordered some last season, and they still haven't arrived. "Production problems," is what my dealer said Dalbello told him. So you're assuming that Dalbello even has sole blocks from that long ago. For that matter, OP doesn't say "blocks," you guys do. And blocks weren't very common 5 years ago. Are you sure he isn't just referring to full plastic soles that are shot?

 

Also, liners are non-trivial. Intuitions will run over $100. If he wants to order a current factory liner, he'll get to wait, and my experience suggests it won't be that cheap. A pair of tongues ran me $60. I'd bet liners will be more than that. 

 

So we're up to $100+, and a good long wait, probably next season. He can get a new boot from last season for under $300 right now. So your point is? 

Actually it was a trip to the shop and $45 for new sole "Blocks" looks like he is all set. Any other issues? Sound reasonable to me. 

And yes liners will cost more but the PO never said anything about needing new liners so whats the point. Liners will run anywhere from $165 to $350, IF you need them. If not.....then why even talk about it?

post #10 of 13
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Thank you for everyones help. I went to Salters. They can replace the bottoms no problem for $45.00 and they screw them on. That solved the problem. It was the only part of the boot needed fixing. I was glad i found Salters. They new what i needed and had a lot of good ski stuff.Thank you all for your help.

Great news. Now maybe you can help me find toe blocks for my son's Salomon Impacts, which Salomon doesn't seem to carry any more.;)

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Great news. Now maybe you can help me find toe blocks for my son's Salomon Impacts, which Salomon doesn't seem to carry any more.;)

What size shell? 

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Originally Posted by SVmike View Post
 

What size shell? 

26 I think but I don't have the boots at the moment so not positive.

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26 I think but I don't have the boots at the moment so not positive.


Let me know when you find out for sure. Might be able to help with this one.

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