For the chief on the mountain.
The Cochise 130 Pro Ski Boot is the big chief in Tecnica's new Intelligent Freemountain series. The 130 flex is stiffer than rawhide and the 98mm last fits as snugly as your favorite pair of moccasins. Built for hard-charging raiders of side and backcountry stashes, the Cochise 130 features a performance-geared Mobility Cuff for easy hiking and top-tier downhill capability.
- With a stiff 130 flex, this boot is built to perform for the most aggressive skiers
- 98mm last provides a snug fit on the forefoot for enhanced sensitivity and control
- The Ultra Fit Pro heat-moldable liner ensures the custom fit top athletes demand
- Hinged Instep catch allows the instep buckle to be rotated away from the shell, allowing easier entry and exit
- Three aluminum buckles and a buckled 45mm power strap enable you to significantly increase the stiffness of the boot when tightened down
- The Technica Mobility Cuff System allows the boot to be easily switched between hiking and ski mode with a burly metal-to-metal connection geared towards improved downhill performance
- The I-Rebound system is comprised of a metal plate connecting the cuff to the lower shell for flex resistance, power rebound, and rear support
- Ultra lightweight Triax shell cuts weight for easier hiking without sacrificing performance or strength
- Comes with interchangeable DIN soles for alpine bindings, Tech-compatible AT soles sold separately
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So I'm debating between the 110s and the 130s. I currently ski Agent 80s and am in need of an upgrade. I ski hard and fast and quite aggressive. @ 5'9' a 175 am I going to see a significant difference between 110 and 130?
I think there is a huge difference in the 110 and 130 - the 130 flexes pretty damn stiff. If you are used to the 80, either boot will feel like it's made of steel, so hard to say what the right option is coming from that boot. If you like a more progressive flex, go for the 110.
I struggle with this review. I think the boot deserves better than 3 stars, but maybe not quite 4. I have a number of big days on this boot - both touring and resort-ing in all sorts of conditions. (For reference, I'm a former PNW pro patroller that skis aggressively - mostly skied with Dynafit FT12s mounted on Bro Lhasa Pows.)
To just get this out of the way, this boot is by far the best skiing touring boot that I have been on. And the walk mode isn't bad for a boot this beefy. It's not a 130 flex race boot (maybe they used lighter plastic?), but it will drive your big sticks through all the chopped up manky goodness you can find. For me, it loses marks by not coming with the tech soles, and also for the material used in the tech soles. Snow and ice builds up in all of the little grooves, requiring me to constantly have to clean it out before stepping into my Dynafits. Not a big deal, but certainly slows me down. My other gripe is with durability - a few rocky ridge hikes from the top of the chair at silverton and the plastic already looks like it has a few seasons on them.
Those gripes aside, I'm not sure that a better touring boot exists for skiing - especially if you like to charge. This boot might be overkill if you're a same-turn-every-turn type. Maybe the Vulcan skis better, but I doubt it. Ultimately, I think touring boots can still improve a great deal. That is exciting, because they're pretty darn good right now.
Any chance you guys are getting more 27 or 27.5s in stock anytime soon?
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
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.
Weight of a 25?
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I have been in race boots my whole life so I was skeptical when switching to a freeride touring boot. Well Im not anymore this boot skis just as well as a 130 race boot. It is noticeably lighter and with the easy but burly walk/ski or as I like to use it for apres mode it makes wearing ski boots much more versatile. Whether you are on a multiday tour, ripping hard pack all day, or still apres skiing at midnight you will be very happy with the Cochise 130 pro.
- Gender: Male
I skied this boot on a 26-day road trip in the Andes this August. The walk mode is super handy if you have to hike 2.5 miles on a muddy trail in patagonia with them on. It is still nice and stiff, even with the walk mode, great for extreme skiing.
A detailed look into the walk mode. Notice how the upper locks to the lower when put into ski mode. This is what makes the Cochise boots different than the other alpine brands "walk mode" boots. If you don't lock the upper to the lower it's like taking the rivets out of your 130 flex boots. When in ski mode the upper and lower of the Cochise are riveted together, properly managing the flex and giving you true alpine flex ratings and not "AT Flex" rating.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I got a day in these last year. The 98 last is definitely wider than your typical 98mm shell, my foot that loves the Dalbello 98mm boots was swimming in these. The walk mode is great, awesome range of motion, and they are lighter than your typical alpine boot, but the flex just seemed a bit off, they did feel fairly stiff but I wasn't a fan of the actual way they flexed. I would say better than similar options on the market, but without having tried it the Dynafit Vulcan may be a good alternative to these for many people.