Gear Institute's Best Backcountry Boots of 2012-13: Dalbello 2/8

The Dalbello 2/8 is a three-buckle, freeride-oriented Alpine Touring boot

Dalbello 2/8.     Photo: Dalbello

THE GOOD
    •    Strength to weight ratio is high.
    •    Walk mode is easy to negotiate.
    •    Split tongue is still pretty cool for overall walkability.
    •    Intuition wrap liner.

THE BAD
    •    The one boot in the Dalbello line that doesn’t have tech fittings.
    •    Forward lean is moderate, could be more aggressive.
    •    Walk mode is tough to activate while wearing ... pants.

THE VERDICT
The 2/8 is ostensibly an 80-percent backcountry boot, but we felt its talents were best realized charging around a resort and nearby sidecountry. The rockered sole and ergonomic walk mode excel in bootpacking to harder-to-reach sidecountry stashes, and the boot still has the chops to kill the line in view of the après patio. Because the 2/8 isn't quite as stiff as a Scarpa Hurricane Pro or Lange XT130, tech fittings would have given this boot a serious boost in tourability—and overall value.

Read the full review at Gear Institute, a network of the best outdoor gear testers in America, dedicated to providing the most professional, objective, and helpful advice you can get about the gear you depend on.

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