Dalbello Sherpa 5/5 I.D. Boot - Men's: Dalbello’s most popular crossover AT/Backcountry/Freeride boot, the Sherpa 5/5 provides all the power and performance to drive even the widest and longest power skis on or off piste. Super lightweight construction and touring focused Bio-Stride functionality for superior uphill treks as well.
Designed under the guidance of the legendary Glen Plake, the Dalbello Sherpa 5/5 I.D. Alpine Touring Boot is built to make earning your turns as easy as possible. The hinging Bio-Stride Tongue, Low Hinging Cuff, and Twin Axle Ski/Walk Mechanism are all designed to follow the natural movements of your legs when you walk, stride, or glide. Lock the boot down when you're ready for the descent and experience the high level of performance you expect from Dalbello.
I rode these boots all last winter, about a 50/50 mix of resort and touring. Right off the bat I really loved how large the range of motion is in the walk mode. The boot is stiff enough to ski as aggressively on big powder boards, just depends on how tight you crank down your buckles. I will say I would like to possibly put a stiffer tongue in this boot, as I could use a little more stiffness. In my opinion this boot tours well enough that it does not need the metal ring/biosride tongue (which I want to see replaced with the tongue from the KR pro). The only other thing I would change would be to make the shell (or part of it) out of pebax (or Grilamid) to make a bight lighter. Overall I love this boot, it tours excellently and has a nice progressive flex, it has helped to get me up and down many a extra pow laps when other boots would have held me back!
I have had 6 days on these in Japan now and love them. Paired with 183cm Bent Chetlers and Marker Barons. Much better than my previous boots (Garmont Radium and Full Tilt classics). Very comfortable driving a big ski in deep snow and quite easy on the legs. To get a good fitting with the baron you need to tinker with the din plate but the result is a good match.
Not sure I would ever go back to an overlap boot after this. Haven't done any uphill yet but lots of walking around Niseko. The walk mode is sweet, even without unlocking the tongue. Pretty sure i could do something like the Haute Route in these - they feel quite light on your feet.
The intuition liners are also very good, warm and once moulded, fit like a glove. (I was getting some pain with the liners but solved this by wearing thinner socks).
Day one.... Shallow snowpack tour Mt Baker area. Comfy boot. A little heavier then my zz zero dynafit boot. But a great performer on the down. Great walking mode!
Love these boots. Very responsive, comfortable, and warm. Work great paired up with radical ST’s.