The 2019 Tecnica Mach1 MV 130 returned again to take its place amongst the very best of the medium width All-Mountain boots at this year's test with a score that put it in silver medal position in a very strong field. Testers cite its nearly perfect blend of stance, performance and comfort elements as the key to its success for a variety of foot shapes, skiing styles and in all manner of snow conditions. While the Mach1 MV 130 comes with a full slate of cool bootfitting features, few testers mentioned needing them given the clean out-of-box fit.
Testers approved of the boot's firm grab on the heel and ankles achieved by the well-mated shell and liner shape, but they also liked the way the fit tension relaxed toward the forefoot and toebox—well suited to the "V-shaped" foot, they said. A few testers noted a more-snug-than-medium-width fit over the top of the foot at the instep, though some found that this pinch point relaxed with some wear time. The lower leg shaft is encased in a firm and anatomically shaped cuff, which testers liked for a direct connection to the ski. They mention it has a firm feel against the shin at first, but appropriately so for a 130 flex.
The stance geometry is dialed, according to testers who unanimously gave fore-aft and lateral angles "ideal" scores. This, combined with a firm and progressive flex feel and an immediate edging response to lateral moves earned the Mach1 MV 130 high performance scores. While testers gave it solid-sole Frontside boot style power ratings, they like the off-piste tuning of its grippy plates for a slightly more dampened ride through chop.
The Custom Adaptive Shape (C.A.S.) bootfitter-centric toolbox is well crafted for simple fixes of common problem areas, but few testers reported needing to implement them. The C.A.S. shell is marked by dimpled fit zones where heat stretches would commonly be needed. The reduced mass in those areas makes for a more-defined stretch and better retention of the modification over time. The C.A.S. liner's signature exterior is made of a dense microcell EVA foam which can be heat-molded or ground upon to offload pressure on hotspots.
“Great feel overall and feels like it wants to get out and rip. The stance places you in a well balanced state and the power can be all out or subtle. Steering response is quick without a lot of effort from the pilot. Versatile in all conditions and terrain.” -- Neal Scholey
“Confidently and comfortably wrapped. Fit stayed consistent which is a testament to a quality liner. Staying centered was effortless. It easily tamed rough, set-up snow and I always felt I had lots of terrain and turn shape options in these boots.” -- Marc Stewart
“Perfect--just a great fitting and feeling boot. This is easily the most comfortable boot in the 130 medium class. One turn and it screams yeeehawww. Any thing you want to try on snow is now easy. Monster truck power--makes fat skis feel like race skis.” -- Kevin Gabriel
“Not as quick as some—raw power is its forte.” -- Kevin Gabriel