The 2021/2022 Dalbello Lupo AX HD was tested in the men’s All-Mountain Freeride medium category by the experts at America's Best Bootfitters, powered by Masterfit.
Testers liked the array of features on this medium width lightweight freerider and also the traditional polyurethane plastic used in the lower shell to maintain a damp connection with the ski. The three-piece construction enables a wide range of touring range of motion, which the tools-free, removable external tongue amplifies for long-stride ascending.
Testers suggest that a full liner cook on the Lupo Air HD liner is a good place to start for smoothing out the transitions between fit zones. Testers thought the lightweight cuff was slightly shorter than average, and with its lightweight polyamide plastic construction combined for a softer-than-expected flex feel which worked well for our shorter and lighter testers. Testers felt the length fit was shorter than average and a few of the bigger guys suggested going up a size for in-betweeners as a way to gain both toe room for touring and a slightly taller cuff as well.
Light and lively from arc to arc in lateral transitions, testers felt that the Lupo AX HD was a fine all-mountain access point for skiers looking to maximize terrain and touring potential with only one boot. The uphill capability alone made this a good option for the lift-centric skier who wants a little further range afield than most in the category can offer.
Testers are most impressed with the fully removable tongue for maximized touring range of motion, but yes, you have to stow it in your pack—for shorter tours it does just fine leaving it in place. The 40mm Velcro power strap is simple and trouble free.