OK. I fully realize this review has limited value as I have only received these, but not skied on them as it is in the middle of July and 85 degrees outside. :) However, I do have impressions:
1. I had these, Salomon X Pro 120's, and Lange RX 130's all at my house at the same time. My goal was to keep the one with the best fit. I kept these. By the way, I realize those other two models do not have a walk feature; so it is apples to oranges. However, the flex, stiffness, and overall fit seemed just as good on the Cochise compared to those downhill only models. I've read other reviews stating the downhill performance of the Cochise is virtually identical to dedicated downhill models, so I expect that type of performance once I get them on the snow. The Salomon's had an outstanding overall "hug your entire foot" kind of fit, but were too short in the toe. The Lange's had excellent heel hold but were too voluminous in the toe box. The Cochise simply fit right. My only gripe, and it is a small one, is the heel hold on the Cochise seemed very slightly inferior to the other two boots. Don't misunderstand, the heel hold is very good, just a shade less secure than the others. I'm sure it will more than suffice on the mountain.
2. Stating the obvious, but the Dynafit certified tech inserts are a huge advantage to this boot. Don't have any immediate plans to Alpine Tour, but perhaps in the future I will. Don't have to buy another pair of boots to do so. Clearly, these are highly biased towards the downhill side of the AT spectrum, but as I said, they do have the capability. I see that Lange redesigned their XT line in a similar fashion for this upcoming year, i.e. downhill boot with walk function and tech/downhill binding compatibility. I've read reviews saying the walk function of the Cochise is good, but not great. Obviously, if you are a dedicated AT skier, this is not the boot you're wearing.
3. For reference, I usually wear a 9.5 shoe. Sometimes a 10 if the shoes run a bit small. I have these is a size 26.5 and the fit is pretty spot on. I also have a medium width foot, and these boots fit my width very well. I read one professional review of the Cochise 130's stating the tester, who was a professional boot fitter, could fit the most feet out of the box with the Cochise. In other words, Tecnica evidently has the shape and volume dialed in very well with these, and isn't that the most important thing? Yes, there is the performance side on the analysis, and boots can be modified for fit. But, to me, out of the box fit is way high on the list of importance. And as I said, they seemed to get it right here.
4. Flex is highly objective, but these felt about the same in terms of stiffness to the other two models I had on hand. A testament to the Cochise considering it has the walk mode.
CANNOT WAIT FOR SNOW! Will update once I get them on the mountain. Love, love, love Backcountry! Keep up the good work guys and gals!
Buy with confidence. Happy 1st world shopping. :)