Dalbello Avanti 120 I.F.

Model Year
2015-16
Category
All-Mountain Traditional
Last Width
100
Flex Index
120
Price (MSRP)
$650.00USD

If we gave an award for creature comfort this Avanti would be a top contender. One tester said it felt like slipping your foot into a marsupial pouch. “Forgiving,” “friendly,” “relaxed” and “softly contoured” jumped off the review forms.  Sounds almost more like a high end spa experience than a ski boot.

So we’ve established that the new Avanti 120 I.F. has the coziness goods but it also sports a surprisingly strong backbone when it comes to ripping turns.  It promotes a tall stance which helped it effortlessly trigger medium and longer radius arcs with confidence-inspiring stability.

It’s not snappy quick—the cushy liner saps some response time immediacy—and the wider-than-medium width profile requires a thicker foot to fill the interior cavity. But many testers said the swaddling comfort outweighed any shortcomings. If groomed cruising is your sweet spot, the Avanti will have you jumping like a kangaroo.

Gender 
Men's
Sizes (MP) 
24.0-32.0
Hike Mode 
No
Construction 
Overlap
Boot width profile 
Medium

Kudos

  • “Went on like it was mine.” -- Mark Elling
  • “The boot made quick and long turns like it was on auto-pilot. ” -- Brian Elling
  • “Liner is very good. easy in and out. Edge power, positive. ” -- Mike Evans
  • “Makes me want to ski tall and relaxed. Generous cushy fit. ” -- Pat Sullivan
  • “Entry and exit is effortless.” -- Bob Gleason
  • “Has a relaxed and athletic stance. Forgiving and friendly. ” -- Marc Stewart

Caveats

  • “Upright stance, disrupted ability to easily engage the forward flexion of the boots. ” -- Mike Evans
  • “A bit sluggish. ” -- Bob Gleason

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