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Cabrio or conventional 4 buckle ski boots for all mountain skiing?

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I have read reviews and some discussion on the topic of the 3 buckle Cabrio vs 4 buckle conventional ski boot and will be buying new boots this month and would like any good feedback anyone has out there that has tested or owned both for a comparison. I have found that the Atomic Hawx 110 fits me good with no ankle pain and I am looking at the Dalbello Krypton series (tried on the Rampage and Cross) which also seem to fit well and lock the heel secure. I ski groomers only when nothing else is available and typically am in the back bowl, tree, bump, cornice areas. No parks (I am 54 yrs and have to watch my back) but I ski aggressively everywhere else and take a little air from cornices, bumps, etc. I am male and about 5'5" and 165lbs. What does the team say about these designs? (I have read a lot so I want some experienced users to reply please)
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 I am cabrio rider. this a probably biased but based in truth. If you have the flexability in your ankles and realize it wont ski like a race boot on groomers, IMO its make it easier to ski off trail due to increased ankle flexion. 

They are an acquired taste for sure and there will be some readapting to a boot that actually lets your ankle flex VS every 4 buckle boot on the market that really doesnt.
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Thanks Bushwacker for the insight. I am 54 but in good shape and still strong though not as flexible as younger days and I should be ok with this. Do these type of boots hold up in adverse conditions such as windblown crust, deep/steep crud and spring corn/slush? (they should if Plake uses them but he uses the Krypton Pro I believe) Which model have you used?
post #4 of 7
I have the Krypton pros and love em.  Lots of mogul guys like em too.

if you want full out race stiffness, these are not them.

if you very very good performance and to be able to EASILY get your foot in / out,
these are great.Remving and re-inserting the entire liner is a breeze as well.

As for specific model, I'd go your local shop.

As for the three piece Cabrio design - it rocks
brad
post #5 of 7
buy a boot that fits YOUR foot shape the best.  This may be a 3 prt design (full tilt, krypton, etc) or a traditional boot.  

the 3 vs 2 prt is more of a flex thing, and less of a shape thing...
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Thread Starter 
thx mtnlion, been looking over many of the other similar threads since your reply and see clearly from the bootfitters that if it fits and is within reasonable flex range it is good. I find that both the Dalbello Krypton Rampage or Cross and Atomic Nuke 120 fit well and feel good in the shop and all have reasonable flex. Found Atomic Nuke at a steal so plan to buy, even though Dalbello also feels very good and are easier to get into for me.
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Originally Posted by thoiness View Post

Thanks Bushwacker for the insight. I am 54 but in good shape and still strong though not as flexible as younger days and I should be ok with this. Do these type of boots hold up in adverse conditions such as windblown crust, deep/steep crud and spring corn/slush? (they should if Plake uses them but he uses the Krypton Pro I believe) Which model have you used?

yeah they hold up, its take alittle of tinkering to get the flex right on somedays but at least you can change it.
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