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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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Unanswered Question

Are the Cochise 120 and Cochise Pro Light the same boot, but with different shell materials, and different top buckles/straps? Also, how much difference in the liners between the two boots?

Unanswered Question

hi im looking at the tecnica cochise 130. Is the 14 vs 15yr model the same? any differences?
I am also looking at the Full tilt seth morrison 15. I am currently skiing in a very old Nordica k9.1 size 315mm, which is a stiff boot with 130 flex. I like the tight race feel and am concerned about stiffness and how I will like the buckle system. I have narrow feet with my left being 97mm and my rt is 99. I am going to get custom footbeds done as well. I am expert skier that weighs 180lbs, 5'11 and skies 35-50 times a year.
I would welcome your thoughts and feedback as to which boot you think would be better for me and what size?

5 5

As good as my Tecnica Icon for DH

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have a an old pair of Tecnica Icon boots that I used for down hill skiing and a pair of Garmont Adrenaline boots for BC. The Cochise 120 is just as capable as the old Icon (130) but much more comfortable. A bit more volume than a racing boot but true to the Tecnica fit.. Definitely want to pick up some footbed inserts to take up a bit more volume in this boot. I was able to shred right out of the box after the footbeds (superfeet?) that Golf and Ski Warehouse in NH set me up with after picking the boot up here at Backcountry. Great return policy (not on the Cochise a snowboard). The only down side is the Tech Inserts for this boot are sold out all over the country so I need to wait for the next batch before I can test them out on my Black Diamonds. The Garmins with the Alpine soles installed could not handle my DH Atomic Sugar Daddy's. These boots rock on the Daddy's and they are soooo much easier to put on than the Icon's.

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?

Responded on

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!

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