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Dalbello Kryptons

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Thread Starter 
I'm looking for opinions from people with experience of skiing on Dalbello's Krypton boots here. I know the history of the boot, and I know there are some big fans out there, but also some people who seem to loath the sight of the things. I'm currently looking for new boots, and I tried some Krypton Pros on recently. The last shape fits me very well, and the flex pattern and cuff height also seem to fit my legs. It also comes with an exciting bag of bits you can use to fiddle with it, which is a plus point in my book.

I do have some reservations, though. I have a fairly severe tendency to ski knock kneed. I have foot beds that go some way to correcting the problem, but with my current (lousy) boots, I need 3 degrees of canting on each foot too. I have been told that with a more "lateral" boot the amount of canting required might be less. I have also been told, by people whose opinion I generally trust but don't always follow, that the Krypton is a "rotary" (ie. not "lateral") boot and therefore wouldn't suit me, encouraging my knees to track inwards, and making it harder for me to get my skis on an edge.

Since its regrettably hard to try boots on snow before you buy them, I'm left in a bit of a quandary. Do I go with the boot that fits me but might adversely effect my skiing, or do I keep looking for another boot that fits well (there are a few candidates) has a reputation for being more "lateral".

What I want to ask the assembed wisdom of EpicSki is this: Does anyone have experiences to confirm or deny the Krypton's reputation for being inappropriate for knock-kneed skiers or generally inappropriate for skiers who want strong edging action?
post #2 of 13
I think they're a good boot and they work for my feet, but that should mean absolutely nothing to you. The best advice you'll get from this forum is to find a competent boot fitter and setup an appointment. Go there with a completely open mind ridding yourself of any preconceived notions of what boot you think is right for you. Hopefully you have access to a good boot fitter (there's a sticky thread with the list of master boot fitters available here).
post #3 of 13
I have some experience with the boot. I have a fairly nutural stance, I have 1 deg on one and 0 on the other. The boot doesn't have removable soles so they can be shaved for canting. As far as quickness, go hang out on Outer Limits at killington and look on the feet of the serious bumpers, they are either in Flexons or Kryptons.

I will say also, go with the ID liner over the stock one.
post #4 of 13
I cannot speak to your specific problem, but among the gizmos that came with my last year's model Krypts are canting plugs that can be exchanged in various combinations for the neutral ones that come in the boots. They allow you to cant the cuffs (plus or minus) up to only 2 degrees. If you need more than that you'll have to talk to a bootfitter, or perhaps this year's model is different.
post #5 of 13

lateral vs rotary

this term is not in common use,so you may have trouble finding a bootfitter to make that distinction, and I dont think harald sells kryptons
post #6 of 13
Thread Starter 
Sadly there aren't many bootfitters who understand alignment issues in the immediate SF Bay Area. I know there are some near Tahoe, but I'd prefer to shop for boots here, where I can shop around more without wasting skiing time. I know the Kryptons fit at the level of, well, fit. What I don't know is whether they'll suit my alignment.
post #7 of 13
Thread Starter 
I'm sure Harald doesn't sell Kryptons. He thinks they're the enemy of all that is holy. The terms lateral and rotary do come up quite a lot on EpicSki, or at least have in the past. That's why I'm asking here.
post #8 of 13
I bought Krypton Cross's this year with the ID liner and had "weighted" footbeds installed. I spent approx. 1.5 hrs. with my boot fitter who, in addition to making/installing the footbed, adjusted cant and lean. He made sure I was balanced and centered. The thermal fit of the ID liner made a significant inprovement in fit and comfort. Heel retention is excellent.

I am skiing 07 Volkl AC4's and now have 20 days in all Killington conditions - 6" powder, heavy snow gun, groomers, hard/soft bumps and eastern ice. For me the boots were responsive in all conditions providing a strong transfer force from boot to ski. I liked the lateral stiffness and ski control obtained. Definately a great bump boot.

I found none of the issues you said concerned you.

Like others have said, having the boot fit by an expert is key to exceptional vs. mediocore results.

Good Luck - falcon_o aka Charlie
post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by Simon Kinahan View Post
I'm sure Harald doesn't sell Kryptons. He thinks they're the enemy of all that is holy. The terms lateral and rotary do come up quite a lot on EpicSki, or at least have in the past. That's why I'm asking here.
As Charlie and I have mentioned, this is a laterally stiff boot. This contributes to it being very responsive both in the bumps and for chick turns. But what really matters is..does it fit YOUR foot?
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But what really matters is..does it fit YOUR foot?
Certainly fitted MY foot...
http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=47170

...and based on comments from Dave Grogan at the ESA, they have helped my skiing come along too.
post #11 of 13
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As Charlie and I have mentioned, this is a laterally stiff boot. This contributes to it being very responsive both in the bumps and for chick turns. But what really matters is..does it fit YOUR foot?
Would they get me to ski like a girl? : Not a bad thing, considering some of the girls I know.
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Would they get me to ski like a girl? : Not a bad thing, considering some of the girls I know.

Oooops..Fruedian slip? Jeez, look at the time, back to sleep for me.
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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post
As Charlie and I have mentioned, this is a laterally stiff boot. This contributes to it being very responsive both in the bumps and for chick turns. But what really matters is..does it fit YOUR foot?
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Originally Posted by 2-turn View Post
Would they get me to ski like a girl? : Not a bad thing, considering some of the girls I know.
I'm in the Dalbello Krypton Storm, and I'm fairly confident that it helps me make chick turns.


Seriously, its all about the fit. One of the things I love about the krypton is the bag of tricks that comes with it so you can customize it in many ways.
I can give it two thumbs up

I had 6 year old boots that had outlived their usefulness to me long ago, and fox had a boot that didn't fit him well, so both of us benefited in huge ways in our ability to feel the movement of the ski when getting into a properly fitted high performance boot.

Gotta love something that makes you look good on snow.
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