Having raced for my entire youth I was finally convinced after a trip to La Grave to trade in the Tecnica plug boots for the AT setup. Needless to say, the Factors I initially moved to were awesome, but I have always missed the fit and feel of Tecnica. Since stepping into this 3 buckle boot I have been thoroughly impressed compared to the performance of the Factor. Both the Factor and Cochise are good, but I just like the Alpine feel of the Cochise. 80% of my skiing is via lifts, so I def prefer the alpine fit. As for the boots, they are a bit cowboy tipped in that those with wide feet (read me) have a tough time getting them dialed. This is also compounded by the light weight plastic that tends to go back to its original shape after getting it punched. So far though, psyched to be back in Tecnica and looking forward to exploring some good hikes over the next month.