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Serious performance uphill and down.

The second-stiffest boot in Tecnica's Cochise freeride touring line, the Cochise 120 Men's Ski Boot's an ideal blend of uphill performance, downhill shredability, and comfort. It's built on a 100mm last, which offers slightly more room than the top-shelf Cochise 130, but rocks a 120 flex that's burlier than the 110 for more gnar-thrashing power on the descent. Other than that, it's the same, and that's more than all right. Tecnica made the shell out of new Triax 2.0 plastic, which is nice and stiff but 10% lighter than the original Triax, making the uphill slog a little easier, and redesigned the lower shell for better heel hold and less toe crunch. The Cuff Mobility System ski/walk mode also offers eight degrees more rotation this time around, giving you a more natural stride to take the hip-flexor pain out of longer approaches.

You'd expect a Tecnica to have bomber downhill performance, and, well, the 120 doesn't disappoint. It comes kitted out with a snug, sturdy UltraFit Pro liner that wraps your foot and resists packing out, and a PowerLock top buckle/power strap combo that provides a super-snug and sturdy wrap around your shin and calf for power and control. Three more rugged aluminum buckles lock the shell down around your foot, and the asymmetrical toe box provides a high-performance fit without cobra-squeezing your toes to death. Tecnica also equipped the Cochise with interchangeable sole technology, so you can swap in tech soles (sold seperately) for the included Techni-Grip rubber soles if you want to go for a full-on tech setup, and included a easy-flexing Quick Instep panel for easy on and off, even when temperatures are hovering around "North Pole in January" levels.

  • Triax 2.0 shell
  • 120 flex and 100mm last
  • UltraFit Pro liner
  • Cuff Mobility System ski/walk mode
  • Interchangeable Techni-Grip rubber DIN and tech soles (tech soles sold separately)
  • PowerLock top buckle and power strap
  • Aluminum buckles
  • Quick Instep easy-on/off design
  • Asymmetrical toe box and pre-punched navicular (top of foot) area

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5 5

A Terrific Replacement

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Having decided to retire my old bruisers (Rossignol Course K ski boots) I looked at three different brands that were just a bit more flexible but still had what appeared to be a high level of stiffness to them. My selection was the Tecnica Cochise 120 boot. Without the opportunity to try each boot on this was a tough decision but was made with a plan of exchanging them for one of the other two brands that I had initially considered should it be necessary.

An oversight of mine prior to ordering the boot was not noticing online that the fourth buckle was actually attached to the strap rather than being separate. This along with the boot having a higher instep rating caused me some concern.

The second concern vanished after I had worn the boots around my house for 10-15 minutes with the boots cinched down as tight as I would when skiing. Although I am a somewhat flat footed, these (26.5) boots were quite comfortable and also fit my size D feet very well.

After skiing in these boots several times I realized that my concern of not getting a firm and precise snug fit because of the fourth buckle/strap configuration was a non-issue. But my main concern that these boots would not be stiff enough also turned out to be a non-factor. They are a terrific replacement for the race horses I was used to skiing in.

These boots probably are a reflection of the current generation of higher end ski boots given their blend of fine tuned fit, stiffness, comfort, and relative ease of entry and exit. Great boots and I am happy that I bought them!

Choosing between the Cochise 120 and 130.
Besides the stiffness and last, what are the main differences between the 120 and 130?

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The Cochise 120 is the perfect choice for the strong skier that is looking for uncompromising free ride performance, but with a slightly more relaxed fit. Featuring the same lower shell improvements as the 130, but in a slightly roomier 100m last.
Basically - you hit the major differences. The 120 is a higher volume boot, with a slightly softer flex!

Stiffness?
Wondering what others have thought about the stiffness of the 120's. Was thinking 110 might be a little softer for my style. Aggressive all mountain, bumps, trees. Weight 175. My current boots are salomon 90's but are to soft.

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You could easily go 110s. A little better bang for your buck but really not that much softer.

New and Improved for 14/15

The Cochise series gets some major updates for 14/15. A new lower shell greatly improves the fit and a new design gives more rearward range of motion without compromising the flex. The Best Just Got Better