Light is right.
Run light, fast, and deep in the backcountry with the Tecnica Cochise Pro Light Alpine Touring Boot. With the same stiff, high-performance characteristics as the other members of the Cochise family, the Cochise Pro Light gives you swiftness for your ascent and stiffness for your descent, all in a package that weighs just 3.5lbs per boot.
The Cochise Pro Light looks a lot like a pure alpine boot, and it has a lot in common with its more downhill oriented brothers the Cochise 120 and 130, but it's far more capable on the skin track than either. Tecnica redesigned the Cuff Mobility System ski/hike mode to give you more ankle articulation and an easier stride, hooked up a stiff 120 flex to let you shred big faces and tight couloirs, and built the shell from ultra lightweight Triax 2.0 plastic, giving the Cochise Pro a sitff and consistent flex in all temperature. The sole is interchangeable, so you can switch out the included AT/tech sole for a pure alpine DIN sole if you're hitting the resort, and the three wire-bail buckles are light, micro-adjustable, and positioned to provide support for shredding and freedom for striding.
The guts of the Cochise are different, too. It comes with an ultralight Palau thermo-moldable liner for a fully customizable fit, and the new lower shell is built on a 100mm last for more comfortable touring without sacrificing downhill performance. The Quick Instep system uses a flexible overlap design that gives the Cochise an extra-wide opening for easy entry and exit, and there's a shock-absorbing heel built in to take the sting out of hard snow and big drops, so you don't have to dial down the radness just because you're in a lightweight, touring-ready boot.
- Ultralight Triax 2.0 shell
- 120 flex and 100mm last
- Palau heat-moldable liner
- Cuff Mobility System ski/hike mode
- Quick Instep system
- Interchangeable tech and DIN soles (DIN soles sold separately)
- Shock-absorbing heel
- Power strap
- Item #TEC000A
- Q & A
Tecnica Pro Light
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I like the fit and touring mode is great. Advertised flex is 120, but really is more like 95-100 so that is disappointing. 2nd season of use.
Bit of an odd middle ground
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I spent the better part of two seasons on these boots before moving over to a true AT boot (Scarpa Maestrale RS). These boots served me reasonably well, but I think that they're ultimately a little bit lost in the middle ground between a true AT boot and a true Alpine boot. The fit was ok for me, but definitely on the high volume end, especially over the arch and back towards the ankle. These felt even wider than the reported 100mm last width.
When I first got these boots I absolutely hated the out of the box fit, but a quick oven session with the liners completely changed the fit. I would guess that heating the liners is just about a requirement for most foot shapes. It's nice to have a light weight liner for touring, but they do feel a bit thin and I found that they packed out quite a bit faster than a traditional alpine style liner or any of the Intuition liners I've ever had.
The walk mode on these boots is ok - good but not great. The switch to a true AT boot gives a huge improvement in range of motion and a more solid feeling. These boots developed a little bit of play in the walk mode mechanism over time. Not enough to impact skiing performance, but enough that I was able to notice it when I flexed the boot forward. That being said, the walk mode switch is easy to use and I never had issues with it jamming up.
Overall these boots are ok, but I think there are several better options out there (Scarpa Freedom comes to mind if the fit is right for you). At the end of the day, most crossover equipment still involves a good bit of compromise and these boots are no exception. Ultimately I found myself much happier in a true AT boot paired with Marker Lord bindings for the resort days and Dynafits for the touring days
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
I bought the Tecnica Cochise Pro light for a trip last March. Used them 3 times and they are too small. The shell is 27.5. Is there anything that can be done to trade them in or somehow get the next size up on just the shell?
Sorry, but that would fall outside our return policy so unfortunately we can't do that. I would recommend seeing a boot fitter about heat molding the liner and shell to get a better fit! Lots of things they can do to make a little extra space.
Did you have the liners heat molded? The liners in the Cochise Pro Light need to be thermoformed like Intuitions. They are not a traditional ski boot liner. When you have them molded the bootfitter can put a toe cap on your feet to increase the volume in the toes and give you more room.
trying to decide between between the cochise pro light, coschise pro 130 and the Full tilt Seth morrison 15. I am an expert skier with a narrow foot. My left is 97mm and right is 99mm. I am planning on getting custom foot beds. Not sure if the 100mm boot would be to big? I am currently in an old Nordica k9.1(315mm) 130 flex boot which is very stiff and rigid shell since its 14yrs old. Inner bootworks in stow dialed me in and im having trouble giving them up. Please advise what you think would be the boot to go with, and what size?
I would look for something smaller in last, and get the right foot punched out by Inner Boot Works. Unless you plan to do a lot of touring with the boot, then you should accept the slightly bigger fit. If you are 90% inbounds though and just toying around with touring, get the narrow or LV Lange boot and the right foot will have to be punched a bit but, the best fit you will have. Do not go with the Full Tilt, its the cheaper version of Dalbello, if you have been on the Nordica k9, you will not love that 3 piece design to be honest.
The middle option that might not require any work would be http://www.backcountry.com/tecnica-cochise-130-pro-ski-boot-mens?ti=UExQIENhdDpBbHBpbmUgU2tpIEJvb3RzOjE6MTpiY3NDYXQ1MTEwMDAyNA&skid=TEC000B-ORA-S245
Though you do not get a touring mode. To be honest, the touring mode in the Cochise is weak anyway, open up all the buckles with the Pro and you will be fine, did that for 3 years.
Most technical or precision fit boot would be
You would need work, and no tour mode. Same deal open up all the buckles when you tour and you will be fine.
All of these have the Vibram Sole, the best alpine boot would be http://www.backcountry.com/lange-rs-130-ski-boot-mens?ti=UExQIENhdDpBbHBpbmUgU2tpIEJvb3RzOjE6NDpiY3NDYXQ1MTEwMDAyNA&skid=DYN000Y-POWBL-S275
Without the Vibram Sole you get the best power transfer from boot to binding to ski.
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