Tecnica Cochise Pro 130

Model Year
2017-18
Category
On-Off Area
Last Width
99
Flex Index
130
Price (MSRP)
$840.00USD

The Gist

Testers agree that the 2018 Tecnica Cochise Pro 130 is one of the very best of its kind because you don't have to give up descent performance and top-shelf alpine boot fit standards to gain a releasable cuff for hike and skin missions. The 99 mm last width is a smart choice for most good skiers looking for a locked-in fit for the heel, ankle and lower leg shaft while maintaining a little breathing room for the ball of foot and toes—that was especially nice for touring, testers mentioned. Performance-wise, the team unanimously affirmed that it drives a ski well—skinny or fat, on soft or hard.

The Fit

The ankles and heel are particularly well designed to hold the foot in place for skiing movements, and the forward part of the lower boot offers some forgiveness in fit tension. Testers commented that they liked the padded feel of the liner in the cuff and along the shin, and felt that it maintained the same even, comfortable fit while in hike mode as well.

Performance

One key to the Cochise's broad power band and stability on edge, at speed, is its plastic—polyether upper cuff and lower shell—real alpine boot stuff. No skimping for the sake of weight—instead the shell wall thickness is reduced in non-critical areas to shave ounces while maintaining strength. We like that. Testers noted the foot-feel through the boot floor to the ski is exceptional, and while this boot might not compare to piste-centric Frontsiders, it's pretty darned close. For where and how skiers will be using this boot, it has plenty of horsepower for 99% of skiers. You want more juice? Can the hike mode. You want the mobility and touring options? Then this is the best you're gonna do.

Cool Features

As with the Mach1 boots, the Cochise line-up features the Custom Adaptive Shape (C.A.S.) menu of boot-guy-approved design elements. The C.A.S. shell is dimpled in common trouble zones to make heat stretching easier, more-defined and better-lasting. The C.A.S. liner is both highly moldable and grindable due to its high density microcell EVA foam exterior. The Dynafit-certified tech fittings enable the use of lighter weight "low tech" touring gear, and a set of rockered backcountry soles is available as an accessory purchase. Lightweight Lift Lock buckles are sweet for locking them open during entry and exit or while touring—no accidental re-latching.

Gender 
Men's
Sizes (MP) 
24.5-30.5
Hike Mode 
Yes
Heat Moldable Liner 
No
Construction 
Overlap
Boot width profile 
Narrow
Also in this Collection 
Cochise 120, $720; Cochise 100, $600; Cochise 90, $480
Cantology Compatible 
Total Avg Score 
21.20
  • 2017-18 Tecnica Cochise Pro 130 at America's Best Bootfitters Boot Test
  • 2017-18 Tecnica Cochise Pro 130 at America's Best Bootfitters Boot Test
  • 2017-18 Tecnica Cochise Pro 130 at America's Best Bootfitters Boot Test
  • 2017-18 Tecnica Cochise Pro 130 at America's Best Bootfitters Boot Test

Kudos

  • “You could get almost any foot into this with minimal work.” -- Dave Alleman
  • “This boot skied really well—put you in the right position.” -- Ryan Oswald
  • “Great form fit without having to heat mold—balance is just right.” -- Brian Elling
  • “Has big energy reserves that are easily controlled.” -- Marc Stewart
  • “Does C.A.S. stand for comfy and soft? I think I could own this boot!” -- Dallas Goldsmith
  • “Excellent fit! Its plush liner is warm and the Lift Lock buckles are cool.” -- Tanner Eccles
  • “Like a magical Anaconda squeezing your foot and boosting your skiing ability!” -- Stacy Crumpler
  • “Glove-like wrap around the leg, and once again Tecnica kills it with it's perfect stance angles! ” -- Chris Wiberg
  • “Tight in all the right places—best of category power and quickness.” -- Jim Morris
  • “Effortless steering!” -- Erik Korman
  • “Changed directions like it was reading my mind—light, agile and quick!” -- Greg Coulter
  • “Its natural stance is like a hot chick that doesn't need make-up.” -- Jeff Rich
  • “Good moves side to side and great feel underfoot!” -- Andrew Orlich
  • “It's no placebo—the hike mode has good range!” -- Jackson Hogen

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