DaleBoot AK 130

Model Year
2018-19
Category
All-Mountain Walk
Last Width
100
Flex Index
130
Price (MSRP)
$625.00USD
The 2018/2019 AK 130 was tested in the men's On-Off Area medium width category at Silver Mountain Resort by the experts at America's Best Bootfitters, powered by Masterfit.

The Gist

We tested the latest version of the 2019 DaleBoot AK 130 at this year's boot test and again testers saw potential for this re-born On-Off Area medium (the shell is the former Black Diamond Factor MX). This year's fit and fore-aft stance were both improved with the advent of a new Intuition-built liner.

The Fit

The shell has a fairly open feeling toebox and forefoot and a tapered narrowing at the heel and ankle area. Once combined with a custom-molded Intuition liner, this fit tension differential is moderated, but the heel still fits quite snug and low—great for guys with skinny heels, numbingly tight for thicker feet. The AK 130's cuff is slightly lower in height than the current norm and slightly more forward, which tended to suit our shorter testers best. This year's shin fit and flex feel in the AK 130 was much improved over the past version we tried, though the short length fit persisted as a problem for some testers.

Performance

The AK 130 is made of polyurethane in the upper cuff and shell, and the rigid bootboard is through-bolted to the soles with metal bushing connections, so this is a stiff and powerful ride—laterally testers thought it was Frontside powerful for driving edges on firm snows but a few found it overly rigid and edgy off-piste, where bumpy terrain rattled them a bit. Testers liked the side-to-side alignment straightaway. The AK 130 sports one of the best hike mode actuation switches in the business, and the range of motion is top-tier for the category, both forward and rearward.

Cool Features

We are waiting to hear from DaleBoot how they plan to handle the sole-canting issue with the AK boots and what other former BD models may be rising again like the Phoenix.

Gender 
Men's
Sizes (MP) 
25-29
Hike Mode 
Yes
Construction 
Overlap
Boot width profile 
Medium
Also in this Collection 
AK 110, $TK
Cantology Compatible 
No
Total Avg Score 
3.40
Shell/Cuff/Tongue 
polyurethane/polyurethane/n.a.
Anatomical Fit and Initial Feel 
3.50
Dynamic Balance 
3.50
Edge Power & Fore-Aft Support 
4.00
Quickness, Steering & Feel 
3.00
Convenience, Warmth & Features 
3.00

Kudos

  • “Wonderful fit after the liner was molded. Ankle, heel, lower leg is completely enshrouded—outstanding, airtight containment. Same with the lower leg. Superb! Immense difference after the liners were customized, like night and day. ” -- Marc Stewart
  • “Much improved over last time with the revised liner. Through-bolted soles make for strong transmission of energy to the ski.” -- Mark Elling

Caveats

  • “My feet got crushed when molding the liner! It was worth it.” -- Marc Stewart

This boot available at...

Pagosa Springs, CO
Westborough, MA
Salt Lake City, UT
Newton, MA
Missoula, MT

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