Dalbello Kyra 85 ReviewMay 29, 2015
- Feels like plush, cozy Ugg boots
- Three flex options
- Too soft for assertive skiers
- Heavy considering they’ve only got three buckles
You’ll love the ease at which this boot comes on and off, plus the fuzzy liner and roomy toe box really feel like you’re sliding into a pair of slippers to relax by a fireplace. On the mountain, the boot performs best at playful, medium speeds and is definitely designed for intermediate-level gals. The Kyra also comes in a 75 flex for less experienced skiers and a 95 for rising experts.
Dalbello is known for their Cabrio Design, which means the boot is made up of three pieces: shell, cuff, and tongue. The construction is said to offer a more secure fit and a smoother flex. You may or may not actually notice any of that in the boot, but you will notice this: Your feet are blissfully comfortable. The 85 flex offered a perfect middle-of-the-road stiffness for intermediates. When you’re putting the boots on, clamp down the middle buckle first—that’ll help pull your heel back into the heel pocket.
This boot is soft and forgiving in all terrain—it handled bumps and jumps with grace. On groomers, they felt like a well-oiled rollercoaster, smooth and buttery. You could take these boots out for a hike—they have a walk mode, after all—but they’re not really touring boots. You may appreciate the walk mode during après ski though.
The Kyra 85 comes with Dalbello’s Trufit liner, which is made of a high-tech foam that forms to your feet even without professional bootfitting. And it’s true: They fit snug right out of the box, as if they were made just for you. You can heat mold the liner as well to fix any trouble spots.
This is a roomy boot and narrow-foot gals may find they fit a little loose. Clamp the lower buckle tighter to get a more secure fit.