Dalbello has been a leader in ski boot technology for decades. They now have entered the lightweight touring boot category with the Quantum Asolo Factory. True to Dalbello heritage, they are taking touring boots to the next level of performance. Using a superlight and ultra-stiff polyamide reinforced with carbon fiber, they bond the two halves of the shell together giving one of the best weight to performance ratios possible for touring boots. Unlike some of the other touring boots on the market using carbon fiber in the cuff the Quantum Asolo Factory keeps a nice progressive feel while you make your way down that fluffy apron, or gnarly couloir. Using a simple ski/walk lever and Dyneema Technora Rope this system allows you to go between skiing and skinning quickly and easily. With the range of motion of the cuff being almost frictionless and giving 65 degrees of movement, efficiency on the skin track is a sure thing. The lower shell uses a Quick Lacing System to hold the foot evenly and securely by using an endlessly adjustable dial to tighten and loosen around your foot. With this type of security, you may just find yourself skiing that one line that has always seemed too scary. To round out the comfort of the new Quantum Asolo Factory, Dalbello is using Ultralon foam sewn into a fully customizable ID liner. Pair that with a removable boot board and you end up with a piece of footwear that is equal parts cozy and high performing. Dalbello has created an innovative boot with the Quantum Asolo Factory to give you the fit, performance, and simplicity that will allow anyone to chase their skiing goals.
Quick Lacing System allows precise adjustment and uniform pressure.
Bonded shell keeps the boot light while maximizing performance.
ID Touring Pro liner is easily customizable.
Dual Link Cuff keeps the boot laterally stiff and gives the boot over 65° ROM.
Vibram Dual Density Sole means you can scramble around on windswept ridges.
Full-length boot board gives superior control and support.
DIN sole for compatibility with frame and Kingpin bindings.
I had a mediocre season in these boots, they are very light and walk quite well. Perhaps not as well as my fischer travers but really well. Super easy transitions and the cord did a good job making the boot ski well. My biggest complaint was the "Quick Lace System" which looks like a boa but is not. I think this boot could've been a real winner if they had stuck with the tried and true boa. The QLS doesnt have a strong retention force and i could never got the forefoot as tight as i wanted. Even when i got close i could flex the boot and hear/feel the dial let some tension out of the forefoot lacing. This was super annoying and I'd sometimes ski a run and have the forefoot loosen all the way down, particularly in chundery or rough conditions where the boot was subject to sharp flexes. The QLS has also proven impossible to find replacement parts from. Shops haven't been able to get me new parts since i broke the dyneema string (should've used a wire/cable!). I tied off the string and was able to get some tension on the forefoot but missed the part of the string that goes across the front of the ankle pulling your heel to the back of the boot. Even if i was able to find parts for the QLS it doesn't seem like the parts would be easy to refit yourself. the dial is riveted to the shell. On the other boot i broke one of the eyelets that guide the main dyneema cord from the clamp at the front of the boot to the walk mode lever. It was still skiable with a voile strap or two around the cuff but another minus on the reliability front. worth noting that the main dyneema cuff cord itself had no issues. It felt burly and doesn't look worn after 50ish days of touring. Its not the cord that caused my durability issues. Overall, I liked the skiing and walking characteristics but was let down by durability and the ease of repair. A shame!
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How would you compare this boot to Atomic Backland? Mainly the width and volume? I'm in 28.5 Backland with about 14mm shell fit but they have too much volume. I've measuer La Sportiva Skorpius but found them difficult fit - very low, painful instep. Wondering now about Quantums :)
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25 in Backland = 278bsl
25 in F1LT = 278bsl
25.5 in Quantum = 285bsl... Are these a longer sole or does 24.5 = 25?
Hey Jordan, the bsl is longer in part because there are bigger toe and heel wells, among other differences in the design and manufacturing. It is still a 25.5 shell size that is comparable in length to other 25.5 boots.
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Any word from dalbello about whether the quick lace system is user-replaceable? If so are they going to have parts available this fall?
Hey Freddy, we're reaching out to Dalbello to learn if we're able to get parts and how user-serviceable things are. I'll let you know when we have an update, but it may end up being early next week!
Hi guys. Any idea if crampons like the CAMP Skimo Tour will fit this boot, or do they require a more universal strap-on crampon? Thanks.
Thanks for reaching out! I just put the Camp Skimo Tour Crampons on a set of Dalbello Quantum Asolo Factory Boots to confirm. They fit great!
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Have you guys had a chance to weigh one of these yet? Curious if the actual weight matches the manufacturer's stated weight, given how off these numbers can be sometimes (i.e. La Sportiva Skorpius).
Hi Erik, good timing, we just got them in! I just put them on the scale and recorded the weight above (and added 'Specs Verified' so you can tell it's been checked). Looks like it's 1014g in the 27.5, a bit over spec but very competitive.
Hi guys. Any idea what the length sizing is like on these boots? I wear a size 29.5 in the Salomon S Lab X Alp, which is comfortable, and a size 29 in the Alien RS was too short. I'm thinking a size 29.5 in this Dalbello will work, but wanted to hear your thoughts.
Hi Jim, yes we got to ski these last season. There is plenty of length in them; 29 would work for you with some wiggle room.
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Hey you guys, have you heard anything about/contemplated she’ll modifications on this boot? I managed to try on a pair of 28.5 and they feel like a relatively good fit volume-wise for my TLT5 size 29 feet. Not as good a heel pocket but it seems nothing in this category has a strong heel pocket anymore. I feel the need to try a 29.5 but I fear it will be too high volume. So...can you punch the big toe on these boots, given the alternative scaffo construction method of bonding together the two halves?
Hey Chris, with it still being a bit early season we haven't had much time to tinker around with these yet. Right now the answer to your question would be no, but later on as the season progresses that might change!
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Hi there, What is the forward lean angle on these beauties? Is there a way of change it like on Alien RS or some other boots? Thanx,
Hey Peter, thanks for reaching out! The stock forward lean is 11.5º, and you can add a spoiler to get to 13.5º. The ski/walk lever is riveted on, so it cannot be repositioned like the Alien RS.
Do you happen to have the BSL info for the 22.5? Is it going to be sharing a shell with the 23.5 or will it be smaller (she asks hopefully)?
Hi Susan, unfortunately we do not have the boot in the shop yet to check the bsl so we did not want to post the bsl until we could double check it. The boot should be arriving soon and when it does we will make sure to check the bsl. With that said, the 22.5 will be a different shell then the 23.5 and if the size run that we do have data for is any indication, I think it is a good bet that the bsl of the 22.5 will be 255mm.
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Curious what I would be aiming for in size, coming from a 28.5 Tecnica Zero G guide pro with a 323mm bsl, have worn a 28.5 boot for alpine boots as well. thinking I may want to step up to a 29.5 in this boot based on the BSL being about one size smaller than normal?
Hello Ben, from just this, I would say you would still be a 28.5. Boot sole length is just the length of the sole and is not a measurement of the internal size of the boot. This boot is like a lot of touring boots, where the sole length is shorter as compared to an alpine boot for improved hiking and lighter weight. You can fill out boot fitter for a detailed look into sizing.
What kind of fit are we looking at here? Some of you know my skinny-ass feet. How do they match up?
Hi Brian, you ski on Aliens and the Skorpius didn't work for you. Dalbello says these are 99mm last and JBO says they are narrow. I did try on (too big for me) and would say comparable to the Alien RS, so is the liner. A proper footbed would always help, but adding precious grams. I can say they are stiffer than the RS and would be downhill performance upgrade.
It wasn't that the Skorpius didn't work. It was just that it was nearly the same weight as the F1 so I didn't think I was gaining much by switching to it. The RS and Alien served the purpose better.
My next question would be how the downhill performance between the Dalbello and the F1 LT stacks up. I'm always wary of the cord durability. The F1 deals with that nicely.