FYI, the new liners are in the Country and I am told, are using some innovative materials though I have not seen them yet, I may ski them this weekend.
Let's face it, the majority of boot sellers, in this Country anyway, are not boot fitters but sales clerks who take the line of least resistance to the selling process, which is if it hurts anywhere, go get a bigger boot until the complaints stop. Consequently, their hardgoods buyers purchase boots with lots of fluff and volume to provide the ignorant customer with instant comfort and gratification. This is where the line is drawn between a shop like Jim's which does not stock fluffy boots because they have the staff with the knowledge and skills to fit a boot properly and efficiently.
Now, though I see Jim's point about Dalbello's current models, the fact is the Kyrptons sell well because a large chunk of skiers are apparently content with the blend of comfort and performance they get from these boots even when sold through a big box ski shop or on line (ie: a size or two too big). When these skiers choose or are fortunate enough to find a good boot fitting shop that sells high performance boots and can fit them properly and align them properly in a lower volume boot, they will discover the grass is greener! Until then many skiers are blissfully ignorant of the possibilities.
Back to Dalbello and the new line of "Scorpian" boots, these boots are a sharp divergence from the Krypton and Proton, and Avanti lines. The shell is a contender for high performance skiers, with out a doubt! I am sorry Jim bruised his piggies and ankle but I don't think that is a fair assessment of the boot's viability. I am sure Jim has tested many high performance boots that, without some fitting, hurt his feet, yet he did not judge the boot solely on his initial discomfort. No, he got out his tools and made it fit just like he does for every customer that walks in his shop.
Jim and I both remember the Salomon "Integral" boot introduction when we both worked at Salomon! As I remember the initial liner sold in that boot S U C K E D! I know I quickly put an aftermarket liner in it to make it work. Salomon went to market with that liner too. Dalbello, in an effort to get the boot in the hands of dealers before the buying season was over, put in a pre production liner which is being upgraded substantially before the boot hits the shelves.
I guess time will tell, but I have no doubt these boots will make many skiers smile!