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For 80/20 inbounds to backcountry

  • Gender: Female
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I am a pretty aggressive resort skier who wanted to start doing backcountry tours in the Tahoe area so was looking to get something that could be stiff enough for inbounds skiing and to be as similar as possible in flex to my Tecnica Diablo alpine boots. That said, I also didn't want to break the bank with models offered by Garmont or Dynafit.

I tour with the Cochise W100 on a pair of Moment Bibby 174s with Barons and ski inbounds with them on a pair of 168 Rossi S7s. After skiing on these boots for 2 months, my bottom line is this: they are fairly heavy, but functional, for the backcountry and perform OK inbounds. I found that the flex can be a bit too soft inbounds, especially when coming up against choppy snow and crud when the flex allows you to get tossed around. If you are looking for a boot that can be used for mostly inbounds and dabbling in the backcountry and you don't have an option to get two pairs, this is a good compromise. But were I to do it again, I probably would have gone for a more purebred AT boot.

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Be sure to check out the Cochise W105 next year. It's a 98mm lasted women's Cochise boot that uses Triax (so it's much lighter) and it is a much stiffer flex than the 100. It's much stiffer than the 100 and is actually quite a bit stiffer than the 105 flex rating.