Dalbello Lupo AX 120 ski boot review, 2017/2018 men's Freeride Category, from our equipment experts at Bootfitters.com powered by Masterfit.

The Dalbello Lupo AX 120 is noticeably light, which testers liked, but they also liked that for its heft, the ski boot still managed to roll a ski up on edge and rally powerfully through chunder and smooth pistes alike with consistent stability. "For such a light boot, this is a real winner in the power department," Kipp commented. Many testers found the boot's ramp angle a bit too flat and its firm-flexing cuff a bit too upright—a combination that put them into turns on their heels. A little heel lift and extra rear spoiler and problem solved.

Dalbello's Lupo AX shares the same lower shell as the non-hike-mode Krypton AX, so testers found a fit that was on the roomy side of medium width. It was clear to testers that an extremely easy slide on was followed up by a very easy fit in the lower boot—cushy, cozy and warm. Testers agreed that thicker feet will be fine here, so both medium and wide guys should have Lupo AX on the short list if they're looking for ease of fit with backcountry styling a la tech-binding compatibility, rockered soles and great touring range of motion. "The quick-release tongue hiking mechanism is awesome!" said Blaylock.