Tecnica Mach1 MV 130

Model Year
2023-2024
Category
All-Mountain Traditional
Last Width
100
Flex Index
130
Price (MSRP)
$800.00USD

When testers start saying things like: a perfectly perfect all-mountain machine you know they've run out of superlatives with which to describe a stellar boot. This year's boot test offered up more good boots than our test team has ever seen, especially in the All-Mountain Traditional medium width group, but the Tecnica Mach1 MV 130 delivered (again) for our testers, who put the unchanged model back on the podium. It was nudged out of first place by a mere 0.01 point, so essentially it was a tie for the best of the best.

There's virtually nothing our test team doesn't like about the Mach1 MV 130. They unanimously praise the fit for being ideally shaped for the foot and leg with benchmark-style fit tension for the medium-volume audience. Testers say the liner is firm but well-shaped enough to avoid harshness or hotspots, and the gain with the higher density feel is less pack-out potential and a heightened connection from movement to the skis. Testers like the polyurethane build in the upper cuff and lower shell, fitted out with CAS dimpling for more permanently held stretches where needed. We've said this all before, and the boot hasn't changed since its last test, so we'll refer you to our cached, past reviews for more compliments on this boot.

This time around our testers gave the boot's stance a perfect score, which falls in line with the other boots in the Mach1 line (and Cochise line-up as well), and they say that this boot sets the standard for how a top-tier performance boot should handle on snow. They say it's powerful without feeling dull and quick edge-to-edge without ever lacking stability. This is one of those boots that simply makes skiers better, they said, and they reminded that the 120 and 110 flex options are equally good for the lighter, shorter or less aggressive.

When our testers start picking on power strap design (not everyone's hooked on the hook) and color in order to find something negative to comment on we figure it's a sign that things are close to flawless. But yeah, that orange has to go.

Gender 
Men's
Sizes (MP) 
24.5-30.5
Hike Mode 
No
Construction 
Overlap
Boot width profile 
Medium
Also in this Collection 
120, 110
Cantology Compatible 
No
Total Avg Score 
4.82
Shell/Cuff/Tongue Plastic 
polyurethane/polyurethane
Anatomical Fit and Initial Feel 
4.67
Dynamic Balance 
5.00
Edge Power & Fore-Aft Support 
4.78
Quickness, Steering & Feel 
4.89
Convenience, Warmth & Features 
4.78
Tech Compatible 
No

Kudos

  • “Snug as a 100 last should be--CAS liner is firm, I like it! So damn responsive! Not as cushy as some but maybe that's why it skis so well.” -- Jim Morris
  • “Well I've given too many perfect scores at this year's test, so I guess this one needs a more-than-perfect-score! This boot is at the top of the medium width heap right now. Fantastic boot--super comfortable, super strong and just really no flaws. Good job (still) Tecnica.” -- Mark Elling
  • “Perfect transitions through every fit zone. Beautifully defined heel area. Feels like I already have my own custom footbeds in here. This is one of the rare boots that seem to have such a wide and balanced range of performance characteristics. It has such a beautiful balance of all the fundamental elements needed in a ski boot. ” -- Marc Stewart
  • “Great initial fit. It's snug and grips well with no pressure points. Lightning quick edge turnover! A perfectly perfect all-mountain performance machine. Tecnica continues to hit it out of the park.” -- Jim Schaffner
  • “Easy power strap attachment hook for those smart enough to work it.” -- Erik Korman
  • “For a mid-volume boot, there's substantial heel control. The Mach1 MV 130 sets the standard for snap from turn to turn. The unique liner design holds the fit consistently longer than any other boot. The unique shell surface adaptation allows stretches that last. This boot is the current standard in state of the art boot design. This is the top of the pack for me, for the third year running. ” -- Bob Gleason

Caveats

  • “What's its flaw? The powerstrap closure hooky dongle thingy, but that's just being nit-picky.” -- Jim Morris
  • “There's just nothing wrong with the Tecnica Mach1 MV 130 except for the orange (I'm a little sick of that, sorry).” -- Mark Elling

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