Flex: 130 flex
Liner: High end, Alpine race liner with a tight, defined fit, and firm c-shaped padding around the ankle.
Soles: DIN soles are standard, Tech soles sold separately for $70 retail.
The Tecnica Cochise Pro is the boot I have been waiting 10 years to actually come to market.
It is a 98mm last, 130 flex, full blown, alpine boot (a la the Tecnica Demon 130), with a functional walk mode, and Dynafit / AT / alpine binding compatibility.
After growing tired of hoping for such a boot, I finally had decided to just build my own, source a spare Tecnica Bodacious lower and a bunch of assorted parts, and marry it to a Tecnica Cochise cuff.
Fate intervened, however, and Tecnica boot czar, Conor Brown, offered to build for me a…Co-Dacious? A Bo-Chise?
He wound up mating a 2011 Bodacious lower with a 2011 Cochise upper, which replicates the specs of the 2012 Cochise Pro, allowing me to test the skiing, fit, and stride that will be present on the production 2012-2013 Cochise Pro.
I should add that this science experiment might appear on paper to be rather straight forward, but it is actually very involved and requires a number of parts and tools that are simply not widely available.
My proto-Cochise Pros weigh in (with an Intuition liner and Surefoot footbed) at ~1900g, or about 50g heavier than a Cochise with the same liner and Surefoot footbed.
Black Diamond Factor with intuition liner and surefoot footbed is ~1950g
Technica Cochise with intuition and surefoot footbed is ~1850g
Dynafit Titan with Intuition and Surefoot footbed is ~1825.
After doing some further experiments with heat-molding the liner, I was able to get the boots up on slope for a quick session. I was on 78mm race carve skis shralping hardpack, which is a great way to test the stiffness, power and rebound of an alpine boot.
The skiing performance is very high, and legitimately compares to my now retired Nordica 98mm 130 flex Dobermann’s. I can’t say that I would want to race at a high level in the Cochise Pro, but for general all-mountain ripping-around, both the Dobermann and Cochise Pro are neck and neck.
The interesting thing is that the Dobermann—with the same Intuition liner and Surefoot footbed—is ~2400g. I’m very interested to find out through further testing across more terrain, the extent to which the lighter boot impacts performance on the down. Assuming that the boot has the same flex, stiffness, rigidity and fit, a lighter boot should be higher performing since the skier can (in theory) be quicker and more precise in his or her movements.
Where to Buy:
WARNING: THIS REVIEW MAY CAUSE WHIPLASH. (It also might change your life.)
Here's a Do It Yourself project that will leave you psyched on your new $700 Tecnica boots (or bummed that you just messed them up). DIY'ers, read and proceed...with caution.
If you've ever complained about the fit of your ski boots (which is to say: if you've ever WORN ski boots) listen up: FISCHER has created the first fully customizable, heat moldable shell. Time to party like it's 1999?