Dalbello Panterra 100
Having skied for over 25 years, I finally have the most comfortable boot that still retains responsiveness and performance.
I highly recommend this boot.
24 February 2014
First pair of boots. Fitting process at Snow and Rock was thorough and resulted in selecting the Panterra 100's. Just returned from a trip to France and they performed really well. A great choice!
17 February 2014
An outstanding boot for advanced skiers
As a professional ski instructor working fort the Swiss Ski School I require a performance boot that is also comfortable and easy to wear for long periods. The Dalbello Panterra is the perfect choice for me. In the past I have generally chosen Salomon products but this time round my high arch proved to be a problem when it came to their X-Max range.The downward pressure across the top of the boot I found to be utterly crushing. The Panterra, on the other hand, is ideal for advanced skiers looking for that extra space above the foot yet not wanting to compromise on performance fit. The boot is also of the new 'Hike n Ride' variety which is handy -- both for the freerider wanting to climb up to a remote couloir, or for the piste freak wishing to visit the supermarket at the end of the day. Unlike the last generation of 'Walk-Ski' boots back in the '90s, this time round it really does work! I know this because I regularly ski at Les Diablerets glacier where there are plenty of walking opportunities to be had! Getting the boot back into ski mode is an absolute delight -- simply apply forward pressure and the boot locks in and you're ready to ride. The forward lean of the boot is also phenomenal. Like several other brands these days the lean angle has been toned down slightly which actively centres the skier for more balanced off-piste cruising. The Panterras I own have a flex rating of 100 which is perfect for me as a light male (I weigh 10 stones and am 5' 7" tall) and I find that I can easily work the boot but also allow it to support me on steeper descents. One of the great advantages of this boot, though, is that the flex is adjustable. So, if you're a boot tinkerer (like me!) you can slip your allen keys in your pocket to help you find that perfect adjustment on the slopes. As an instructor I see too many skiers with boots that are too stiff for them to flex their ankles in; in my view this feature of the Panterras might help these skiers to fine tune their flex rating. When it comes to extra features Dalbello are head and shoulders above the rest. The Panterra is a three-piece boot which gives a convincing enveloping feel when fully buckled up. There's also the facility to adjust the heel -- both up and down -- with an easily accessible allen screw on the side and this takes away the need for wedge inserts under the inner boot (that tend to slip and move about). Dalbello's 'variable volume fit' concept is also fantastic. You simply set the front clip and then forget it; thereafter, the boot becomes essentially a three clip boot. To date, I have worn Zipfit custom liners in my boots for all of my professional training -- with both BASI and Swiss Snowsports -- and I was tempted to put these into the Panterras too but it simply isn't necessary! The Panterra's inner boot is warm and snug and I can't honestly remember wearing such a reassuring boot (and I've worn a few in 35 years of skiing!). All considered the Dalbello Panterra is simply a great ski boot. If you're an advanced skier (6 -- 10 on Snow+Rock's rating systyem) go out and get yourself a pair; you'll not be disappointed!
17 December 2013