I have a pair of 24.5 ~2013 Dalbello Scorpion SR 130’s. When my bootfitter subbed in a race-up lace liner (from a Rossi Z-Series) and my old Conformable foam tongue, they fit surprisingly well. And I like how they ski. My only issues are (A) the stiff throat extending up from the lower shell makes them a bear to get on and off (I’ve had race boots before, but these are in a class by themselves); and (B) at the point where that throat curves upward it creates a horizontal line of pressure at the inner crease of my ankle (at the front, where the top of my instep meets my shin).
As you know, the next generation, the ~2014 DRS 130, added a softer (bi-injected?) throat, and the current generation, the 2016 DRS 130, adds cuff canting.
A couple of questions for those experienced with these boots (my bootfitter doesn’t carry them):
1) I understand the new, softer throat makes entry/exit easier. But might it also reduce the pressure at the front of my ankle (I don't know exactly where they've softened it)?
2) Except for the two changes I mentioned above, are the shells of all three of these versions the same -- i.e., should they fit and ski (flex, stance, etc.) the same (ignoring changes in the stock liner, which I don't use anyways)?
I can’t just try on the newer model, because nobody near me stocks them. And in any event, that wouldn’t tell me if it skis the same.
Edited by chemist - 10/24/15 at 4:48pm