Ted Broganwrote a review of Tecnica Cochise 130 Pro Ski Boot - Men's on February 24, 2013
I struggle with this review. I think the boot deserves better than 3 stars, but maybe not quite 4. I have a number of big days on this boot - both touring and resort-ing in all sorts of conditions. (For reference, I'm a former PNW pro patroller that skis aggressively - mostly skied with Dynafit FT12s mounted on Bro Lhasa Pows.)
To just get this out of the way, this boot is by far the best skiing touring boot that I have been on. And the walk mode isn't bad for a boot this beefy. It's not a 130 flex race boot (maybe they used lighter plastic?), but it will drive your big sticks through all the chopped up manky goodness you can find. For me, it loses marks by not coming with the tech soles, and also for the material used in the tech soles. Snow and ice builds up in all of the little grooves, requiring me to constantly have to clean it out before stepping into my Dynafits. Not a big deal, but certainly slows me down. My other gripe is with durability - a few rocky ridge hikes from the top of the chair at silverton and the plastic already looks like it has a few seasons on them.
Those gripes aside, I'm not sure that a better touring boot exists for skiing - especially if you like to charge. This boot might be overkill if you're a same-turn-every-turn type. Maybe the Vulcan skis better, but I doubt it. Ultimately, I think touring boots can still improve a great deal. That is exciting, because they're pretty darn good right now.