The Dalbello Quantum Free Asolo Factory is a meaty boot with a vegetarian weight. This balanced diet allows you to save energy on the skin track so you stay fresh for when it matters the most - ripping down the ski line. The two-part mid-entry cuff is easy to get into and offers an impressive range of motion to keep you efficient on the uphill. When you're ready to transition, the cuff buckle cinches everything up securely and the ski/walk lever locks into place with a spring-loaded catch, ensuring solid and reliable performance in the downhill mode. A simple pull tightens the power strap and provides additional stiffness at the top of the cuff. Whether you're speed touring or driving wider skis on a deep powder day, the Quantum Free 130 is up for the task!
- Extra Dual Link provides a 65° range of motion.
- Dual-density Vibram sole provides grip during ridge scrambles.
- Bonded Shell construction is light and stiff.
- Two dedicated buckles for increased durability and performance.
- A full-length boot board provides better fit and insulation against cold conditions.
|Weight (pair)||2532g [26.5]|
||2 buckles w/ power strap|
||Tech, Hybrid, ISO 9523|
||Polyamide composite throughout|
||IF Touring Pro|
||Vibram Dual Density Sole|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Touring, ski mountaineering|
|Notes||Lightweight and high performing|
|Bottom Line||Innovative touring boot design|
|Compare to other Touring Boots|
Questions & Reviews
The Quantum is on the edge of what you could use with the Navis Freebird 102. While some people would say that you could, we would recommend against it, as it's just a little bit underpowered for that ski. Check out our boot fitter for more info!
They fit right out of the box after thermo-molding the liners right in my kitchen. I went with a 28.5, and that was perfect. I am an 11.5 in regular shoes and wore 27.5 race boots. My prior touring boots were Dynafit Vulcanscans in a 27.5, which felt about the same as this 28.5. They are short for a 28.5 shell, but the heel sits in nicely, and the toe box had just enough room.
Going uphill, the double-pivot works incredibly well; you can pretty much run on your skis. They also have really good articulation when using crampons and scrambling around on rocks. I am looking forward to more ski-mountaineering in these boots. Compared to the Vulcans (which I loved), these things are on a completely different level going uphill.
In ski mode, I was pleasantly surprised. They are definitely a lightweight touring boots, and I only really skied them on lightweight touring skis (184cm 81 underfoot). With a setup like that, you have to keep your weight more centered and aren't going to be smashing the front of the boot. I tried them once on a pair of heavier skis (190cm 100 underfoot), and they didn't really have enough power to drive the ski. That said, the lateral stiffness is quite good, and when matched correctly to the ski, they ski great. The first day I tried them out was at a resort, and I was able to lay them over and rip off some arcs on the corduroy. After getting the feel, I felt confident on pretty much anything, including some questionable late-season conditions (pictured).
TLDR; Durable, lightweight touring boot with good lateral stiffness that excels on the uphill and is more than capable going back down. Perfect for both morning laps and ski mountaineering.
Which would be a stronger skiing boot?
Still, I decided to keep the boots and try making them work. I thought about Intuition Pro Tour, probably LV in my situation? But I tried shoving in the liners from my Lupo FCR Carbon 130, which are essentially a Dalbello's version of Pro Tour MV (still unmolded, as I replaced them with Dalbello's version of Tour Wrap's straight away), and the cuff area feels too bulky. Walkability also takes a serious hit in comparison to stock Quantum liners.
Now you guys have these Palau liners - Tour Lite Pro / Tour Lite Pro Evo / Power LT - specifically mentioning the thinner cuff, which is good. Which one should I get though? I don't really care about extra stiffness if it compromises the walkability. For skiing performance I've got trusty Lupo FCR Carbon 130 with wrap liners. What I want from these boots is their light weight and exceptional walkability. As long as the replacement liners don't ski worse than the stock ones, I should be be happy.
So what do you think? Which of those Palau models would fit the Quantum shell better? Which one seems to be a better volume for the fit I've got? Which one is the closest match for a stock one in terms of walkability? I would much appreciate your opinion!
Palau Power LT Liner. That's where I would start first, and if you have any more liner questions feel free to give us a shout at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I punch these boots?
The width and inside length feels about the same for me in my Zero G Tour in 27,5 as my Quantum Free in 28.5. The BSL is nearly identical too (although as we know, this isn’t really indicative of inside length).
But for me, the 28.5 Quantum Free offers me better room on that medial side and tip of the big toe, (which is very “straight”, not angled to the center at all), than my 27.5 Zero G Tour.
I want to find a more touring oriented boot to complement my excellent freeride oriented Zero G Pro Tours for big distance traverses, big vert days and more ski mountaineering oriented outings, but I want to retain as much power as possible in the boot.
I’m 6’3” and 190lbs. Given slim calves and a relatively low volume foot, ankle and instep, with average fore foot which would be the better choice for me? They seem more similar than different.
The Dalbello Quantum Free 130 and Transalp Pro will be similar all around in terms of ROM, weight and stiffness.
The Skorpius's signature is low instep height. It also has a slender cuff and greater overall power which sounds appropriate for you given your goals.
The Radical Pro is beefier, taller and wider than the others you listed, falling into a different category for that reason. Before placing an order, feel free to use our boot finder to get a signoff from a fitter as well!
With which boots from Scarpa line (or other) the, could be compared in downhill fell? More like F1 or Maestrale/Maestrale RS?
Thanks for the question! The Dalbello Quantum Free 130 will ski much more similar to the Scarpa F1 LT than the Maestrale. It'll also ski quite close to the Fischer Transalp Pro.
If you have any further questions, feel free to send an email to email@example.com
Compared with the Scarpa F1 LT, the Dalbello Quantum Free Asolo Factory 130 has a stiffer cuff, which will translate to more power on the way down. Also, the Asolo Factory 130 has a higher volume fit than the F1 LT. It has a wider toe box and higher instep. However, it is pretty snug in the midfoot, and using a broader comparison, is still on the narrow side of the touring boot spectrum.
TLT5 (perhaps along with the Salomon X-Alp) is the one boot that is both narrow and long enough for me at the same time.
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