Tecnica Mach1 105 W MV

Model Year
2017-18
Category
All-Mountain Traditional
Last Width
100
Flex Index
105
Cantology Compatible
YES
Price (MSRP)
$720.00USD

The Gist

To cruise, or to charge, that is the question, one tester said, and that query crystalizes the consensus of our test team that the 2018 Tecnica Mach1 105 W MV splits the difference between a performance boot and a comfort boot seamlessly. Its fit is contoured and the grip is firm against the foot and leg, but with an amount of cushion that makes the initial slip on inviting and warm. They said to put boot to bindings and head it downhill and discover that balanced turns come effortlessly, with minimal inputs, but then roll the dial to max and find that this boot's top end may exceed yours! As with so many boots that appeal universally, some testers wished it was more creature comfort while others wanted more ski crushing power—that's an indication that this one's slotted right where it needs to be for most accomplished women skiers.

The Fit

Fit scores came in dead down the middle for a medium-width, with a few testers mentioning that it might trend a touch roomier than the category average. Most of the crew thought that the cuff height was right on the money, while a couple said it trended a bit taller. There were zero complaints about a too-tight calf, but this year's version is updated with a moldable plastic insert at the back of the calf, so good skiing gals with muscular lower legs should keep this boot in their top tier for Fall try-on.

Performance

On-snow this boot takes no prisoners… unless that's what you want. It can go either way, total domination on-piste and off-, or it can simply cruise from late-day start to early-apres toddies. One of the keys to the Mach1 line's success is its neutral stance set up that allows almost any skier to buckle-up, click-in and get to shredding without having to modify style or terrain selection. Testers mention that they instantly felt dialed and recommended it to any good skiing gal looking to up her game—or one who just wants to keep on doing what she's doing.

Cool Features

One of the coolest features of the Mach1 boots is the fact that many of their design elements are created with the help of a few of the best bootfitters in the USA—Project 165 is Tecnica's partnership with select bootfitters and their collaboration has been evident in the last couple seasons for Tecnica. Two of their crew are ABB testers—Nick Blaylock and Greg Hoffmann! The Mach1's Custom Adaptive Shape (C.A.S.) shell construction offers pre-dimpled areas on the shell where a heat stretch is more easily accomplished and will hold better over time. The C.A.S. liner is highly shaped to match the foot's anatomy and is both moldable and grindable, due to its firm EVA foam construction. This year's C.A.S. Cuff Adapt feature utilizes a taco-shaped heating pad that warms the low-temperature plastic calf insert and liner to a molding temperature, and then simply wearing the boot will move the cuff to an ideal position for both slender or thick lower leg shapes.

Gender 
Women's
Sizes (MP) 
22.5-27.5
Hike Mode 
No
Heat Moldable Liner 
No
Construction 
Overlap
Boot width profile 
Medium
Also in this Collection 
Mach1 95 W MV, $600; Mach1 85 W MV, $480
Cantology Compatible 
YES
Total Avg Score 
19.76
  • 2017-18 Tecnica Mach1 105w MV at America's Best Bootfitters Boot Test
  • 2017-18 Tecnica Mach1 105w MV at America's Best Bootfitters Boot Test
  • 2017-18 Tecnica Mach1 105w MV at America's Best Bootfitters Boot Test
  • Kim Kinney testing the 2017-18 Tecnica Mach1 105w MV at America's Best Bootfitters Boot Test

Kudos

  • “A lambswool liner! My toes were tickled pink. This boot will take you there.” -- Sam Tischendorf
  • “Great for both performance and comfort—why not have it both ways?” -- Kelly Finnen
  • “Solid feel underfoot but still quick and light.” -- Catherina Simones
  • “Refreshing and surprisingly snappy—so fun! An aggressive skier will love these.” -- Patti Zuber
  • “Great stance to access dynamic movements! Flex is strong but forgiving.” -- Amy Post
  • “Rad boot! One of the best out-of-box fits for advanced skiers.” -- Melodie Buell
  • “This boot made me giggle—and that power strap, so sexy!” -- Julia Carr
  • “Lively bugger! Reminds me of a Jack Russell—high energy but trainable!” -- Megen Johnson
  • “Very quick with exceptional control. Great edge power!” -- Karin Riley

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