Dalbello SR 130 (2012)
Some things grow on you with time, like the Scorpion, which wowed testers this year with both the closest fit in the category and unmatched energy transmission to the ski. High comfort scores owe much to its precisely sculpted shell shape, and while a few testers griped about getting this brick on and off, others just manned up. A couple found that half-brother Scorpion SF 130 offered slightly more forgiveness there. Notes: overlap polyether solid-sole shell for maximum energy transmission and least temperature affect on stiffness, contour 4 fit concept shell shape offers anatomic shaping at side of first and fifth metatarsal heads, at navicular and back of heel, two different densities of bootboards are available, 43 mm FIS height approved removable/adjustable, rear spoiler allows fore-aft stance tweaks.