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Step into the Women's Cochise 100 Ski Boot from Tecnica this season to make sure you get your fair share of the sidecountry plunder when your crew heads out of bounds. The Mobility Cuff system is easily switched between hike and ski modes for easy hiking up the ridge and downhill performance on the descent. The Women's specific Ultra Fit liner is heat-moldable with a narrower heel pocket and wider forefoot for the type of anatomic fit required by ladies who attack the whole mountain and show no mercy.

  • With a mid-stiff 100 flex, this boot is built to perform for advanced skiers
  • 100mm last provides a snug fit on the forefoot for enhanced sensitivity and control
  • The heat-moldable Women's specific Quadra Ultra-Fit liner features a female specific last shape, heel cradle with optional elevated wedge, and an upper that fits various calf shapes
  • Quick Instep System with softer plastic in the instep area and Hinged Instep catch that allows the instep buckle to be rotated away from the shell both enable the boot to slide on and off with ease
  • Tecnica 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
  • I-Rebound system, a metal plate connecting the cuff to the lower shell, delivers flex resistance, power rebound, and rear support
  • Ultra-lightweight Triax shell cuts weight for easier hiking without sacrificing performance or strength
  • Shock-absorbing heel dampens vibration, and offers smooth skiing and softer landings
  • Comes with DIN-compatible soles; AT-compatible tech soles sold separately
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For 80/20 inbounds to backcountry

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I am a pretty aggressive resort skier who wanted to start doing backcountry tours in the Tahoe area so was looking to get something that could be stiff enough for inbounds skiing and to be as similar as possible in flex to my Tecnica Diablo alpine boots. That said, I also didn't want to break the bank with models offered by Garmont or Dynafit.

I tour with the Cochise W100 on a pair of Moment Bibby 174s with Barons and ski inbounds with them on a pair of 168 Rossi S7s. After skiing on these boots for 2 months, my bottom line is this: they are fairly heavy, but functional, for the backcountry and perform OK inbounds. I found that the flex can be a bit too soft inbounds, especially when coming up against choppy snow and crud when the flex allows you to get tossed around. If you are looking for a boot that can be used for mostly inbounds and dabbling in the backcountry and you don't have an option to get two pairs, this is a good compromise. But were I to do it again, I probably would have gone for a more purebred AT boot.

Be sure to check out the Cochise W105 next year. It's a 98mm lasted women's Cochise boot that uses Triax (so it's much lighter) and it is a much stiffer flex than the 100. It's much stiffer than the 100 and is actually quite a bit stiffer than the 105 flex rating.