The 2021/2022 Tecnica Mach1 LV Pro W was tested in the women’s All-Mountain Traditional narrow category by the experts at America's Best Bootfitters, powered by Masterfit.
The Mach1 LV Pro W offers a no-frills color palette, but is very sleek and traditional—classy, like a black and white photograph. That’s what one tester wrote about the new women’s narrow from Tecnica. It returns this year with an updated liner, an easier entry and the addition of T-Drive, the upper to lower carbon connector piece that makes the magic happen. Yes, they liked how it looked, but loved how it fit and skied, saying that it fits like a narrow boot should and skis like a 120-flex Tecnica should. It was outscored by only two other women’s boots in the entire test—and one was its medium-width little sis.
Let’s let testers talk fit too: Wow! The perfect narrow! The stock fit is so good that I can feel all of the energy transfer points perfectly. This boot genuinely fits as well as the men’s—no corners were cut. A ski boot! Skis as well as if I was stuffed into a smaller size—and it’s comfy. Fits like a narrow boot in a great way. No pressure points. Our fit tension scores over 8 zones (toebox, forefoot, instep, navicular, lateral column, heel, ankles, calf) averaged to 2.67, so a comfy narrow, let’s call it. Testers noticed that the entry and exit was easier due to the softer instep plastic that was able to be used due to the more structural anchoring of the T-Drive shell-cuff connection.
The fact that eight of our veteran women testers put this boot through its paces and it came out the other side with a perfect score for edge power and stability is a testament to how strong and stable the Mach1 LV Pro is, but testers said it was fluid and playful in transitions turn to turn and agile in tight and tricky spots. A couple testers said its torque curve was its strong suit and yet it still pulled a 4.86 for quickness! Several testers made mention of the boot’s high level of feel and connection to the ski and snow surface—tuned in, strong and reactive.
Tecnica women’s boots are keeping it real with features that matter to skiers, our test team says. They like that all the core features of the men’s boots are on board: CAS shell and liner, Power Lock strap with hook, dual screwed cuff adjustment. But they really like the women’s specific CAS Cuff Adapt and CAS tongue for improved shin fit, and they loved the high tech Celliant liner that converts body heat to infrared energy for increased warmth.