Light and fast backcountry missions.
Run light, fast, and deep in the backcountry with the Tecnica Cochise Pro Light Alpine Touring Boot. With the same standout traits as the other members of this tribe, the Cochise Pro Light gives you swiftness for your ascent and stiffness for your descent, and it's lighter than its big brother the Cochise 120.
At first glance, the Cochise Pro Light has the appearance of an alpine boot, and in some ways it is one, but it also retains its primary purpose as a skin-track-crushing AT boot. The stiff 120 flex shreds cornices and couloirs while the ultra lightweight Triax shell and Mobility Cuff System allow you to get there without utter exhaustion. The sole blocks are interchangeable so you can switch out the included AT/Tech binding sole block for an alpine binding sole block (sold separately), and the three wire-bail buckles are micro-adjustable and positioned just right so you get support for shredding and freedom for striding. Tecnica's engineers even devised an system that allows you to adjust the flex resistance and rebound of the cuff with a twist of a dial—dial it down for the backcountry and up for the tram. For the skier who wants one boot that can serve double-duty for in and out of bounds, the Cochise Pro is a gift from On High.
Tecnica basically stripped down the Cochise 120 to create the Cochise Pro Light. The Pro Light uses a lighter, thinner liner boot, wire-bail instead of a alpine-style buckles, a flexible booster strap instead of a buckle booster strap, and the lower portion is made of single density instead of dual density plastic. With the exception of a slightly altered fit as a result of these changes, you sacrifice nothing in the way of performance. The Cochise Pro Light AT boot can take on multi-hour slogs in the backcountry or days of driving a freeride or powder ski at the resort.
- 120 flex Triax shell with single-density lower
- 100mm width last
- Heat-moldable Palau liner boot
- Three micro-adjustable wire-bail buckles
- Ski and walk modes with Rebound adjustment at the cuff
- Interchangeable sole blocks for AT/Tech (included) or alpine bindings (sold separately)
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Where can you get the alpine sole?
Where can you get the alpine sole?
Good 'quiver of one' kind of boot
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I picked up these boots this season hoping that they would be a great boot for doing it all here in the Wasatch. I split my time about equally between touring and skiing the resorts. Prior to these boots, I've been skiing in a pair of 97mm lasted Lange RS 130s - awesome performance boot, but pretty miserable for anything away from the lifts. These Chocises are not on the same level of stiffness and performance of my Langes, but the performance is enough to keep me happy after being used to the Langes, which I think says a lot. These are certainly stiff enough to drive big skis in garbage snow (we've got a lot of that this year...)
In terms of touring, the ski/hike switch is super easy to use, even with bulky gloves on. The range of motion is pretty good and the stride is pretty natural, even on longer tours. These aren't the lightest AT boots on the market, but they are significantly lighter and better for skinning/ hiking than a lot of the 'alpine boots with a walk mode' that have been popping up recently.
My only gripe about these boots is that the liners seem pretty light/ thin for a 120 flex boot. Their light weight is great for touring, and the liners have a softer flex zone around the heel that makes them a breeze for hiking. However, when I'm skiing the resorts it would be nice to have a heavier/ stiffer liner to beef the boot up a bit. I don't hate these liners and I certainly don't think they need to be chucked, but it would be nice if they split the difference between a super light touring liner and a beefier alpine liner a little more evenly. For now I'm hanging onto the stock liners from my Langes for resort duty - it's the best of both worlds for me but obviously not a universal option.
Bottom line: my hope was to have a boot that I am equally happy skiing in bounds and touring on the relatively short skin tracks here in the Wasatch, and I think this boot is as close to a slam dunk as I've found on the market right now.
Tecnica Cochise Pro Light Alpine Touring
Would these work with Marker f12's (with...
Would these work with Marker f12's (with the tech soles)? or would I need to buy the DIN soles too?
These will work in the F12 with tech soles. No spare sole needed.
Do these have the same shell last/shape...
Do these have the same shell last/shape as the Cochise 110? The shop near me only has the 110 so I was wondering if these would have the same fit. Thanks!
Tecnica makes several versions of the Cochise for men (130, 120, 110, Pro Light, and 90). The Pro light is a 100mm last width and will have a little different fit than the 110mm.
The Cochise Pro light and the Cochise 110 utilize the same mold so they are both 100mm lasts. The Cochise Pro light uses a much different liner than the 110. The 110 has a more traditional alpine ski boot liner where as the pro light uses a Intuition style thermo form liner made by Palau. The fit is very different. The Palau liner needs to be heat molded before use in order to provide a better fit.
New liner for 13/14
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
The 13/14 Cochise Pro Light gets an updated Palau liner. The cuff of the liner is much thicker and stiffer to take up volume and provide a stiffer more even flex. At around 1600 grams there is no other overlap AT boot that can compete in weight and performance with the Cochise Pro Light.