2014-2015 Tecnica Cochise 130 Pro
Stated Flex Rating: 130
Available Sizes: 22.0 – 31.0
Stated Last Width: 98mm
Size Tested: 27.5 / 320mm Boot Sole Length
Blister’s Measured Weight per Boot
(w/ stock liners, DIN soles, & Sidas custom footbeds):
- Right Shell (1,626 g) & Liner (465 g): 2,091 grams
- Left Shell (1,618 g) & Liner (465 g): 2,083 grams
- Ski / Hike Modes
- Interchangeable soles (DIN & tech); comes with DIN soles
- Power Lock Buckle – 45mm Powerstrap
- Liner: UltraFit Pro
- Shell Material: Triax 2.0
Days Tested: 14
The Cochise was first introduced for the 2011-2012 season with a 100mm last and a 120-flex rating. It immediately became popular among skiers looking for a boot that combined the downhill performance of a traditional alpine boot with an articulating cuff for hiking and touring.
In the two season’s since the Cochise’s debut, Tecnica’s Free Ride line has seen a few changes and tweaks. For the 2012-2013 season, Tecnica released a new, more aggressive version of the Cochise called the Cochise 130 Pro that featured a narrower, 98mm last and a stiffer 130 flex rating.
Two years later, for the 2014-2015 season, Tecnica is using a new lower shell and a new plastic on Cochise 130 Pro. In their words:
“The 130 comes back for 2014 with significant upgrades after two years of extensive athlete feedback. The all-new lower shell of the 98mm-lasted Cochise 130 features a more anatomical, defined heel pocket, lower internal volume and more toe room. The new lower shell also gives the Cuff Mobility system an incredible 8º more articulation. This makes climbing, boot packing and the stride while skinning even more efficient. A new plastic, Triax 2.0, is 10% lighter yet responsive, and is more durable than the previous versions.”
Fit & Sizing: 14/15 Cochise 130 Pro vs. 12/13 Cochise 130 Pro
According to Tecnica, the most significant changes to the Cochise 130 Pro involve its fit, and I suspect that there are people who’ve skied previous versions of the Cochise 130 who are wondering if the fit really is different. I’ll expand on that here, but as always, we strongly recommend that you go see the best boot fitter you can find to determine what boot fits you best.
I have owned both the Tecnica Bodacious and the first, 2012-2013 version of the Cochise 130 Pro. Both boots featured the same lower shell with a 98mm last.
I skied most of a season in the Bodacious in a size 26.5, which is a size smaller than the Cochise 130 Pro reviewed here. I could tolerate wearing the Bodacious all day, but only after a lot of working punching out the shell around my big toe, 5th metatarsal head, and 6th toe and while using an Intuition Low Volume Dreamliner. My shell fit allowed for 5-7 mm of space behind my heel, which was definitely a tight fit lengthwise, but the overall volume of the shell convinced me that a size 26.5 was the best choice for the Bodacious.
(For more information about the fit of a boot’s shell and how this relates to its performance, see Charlie Bradley’s Boot Fitting 101.)
Subsequently, I opted for a size 26.5 in the 2012-2013 Cochise 130 Pro. However, while I used the same Intuition liner and made the same modifications to its shell as I had to the Bodacious, I was barely comfortable skiing in the boot. And when using the walk mode for touring and hiking, flexing back even a few degrees with the cuff’s rearward travel caused my big toes to smash into the front of the boot. My achilles was also painfully gouged / pinched by the upper, rear portion of the lower shell. I sold the boots after one month of using them in South America, and my feet thanked me for it.
When it came time to review this latest, 2014-2015 version of the Cochise 130 Pro, which was said to have a lower volume fit overall, I went with a size 27.5.
When we arrived in New Zealand, we went straight to Gnomes Sports in Darfield and took the boots to Leith Rhodes, whom we’d worked with the year before. (Leith also happens to be one of the best bootfitters that our crew has worked with.)
Leith got familiar again with my feet, and since she was already familiar with the changes of the Cochise series, told me that I’d definitely chosen the correct size.
Together we concluded that Tecnica is accurate in their reports of changes to the new shell:
(a) the new Cochise 130 Pro’s heel pocket is more defined, which provided good heel hold for me even though I sized up this year.
(b) The boot’s instep feels lower, which reassured me that it would have been very challenging for me to wear a 26.5 comfortably.
(c) The front of the boot still created substantial fifth-metatarsal and 6th-toe pressure, and we ultimately decided that I still needed punches on both boots to accommodate for this. This was easily accomplished.
Because the instep of the Cochise 130 Pro feels a bit lower now than in previous versions, I usually leave the buckle over the instep relatively loose, but this doesn’t seem to detract from the overall fit or the boot’s performance. Overall, I am happy with the fit of the Cochise 130 Pro, and it was easier to dial in than with most other boots I’ve used. I do feel like there is more volume in the ankle of the boot than I need, and I don’t feel quite as locked in as I might like (more on this below).
As with every stock liner I’ve tried in the past 4 or 5 years, the Cochise 130 Pro’s stock liner crushed my relatively high instep, even after giving them a couple of days to break in. I probably could have persevered for a number of days in the boot in order to break in the stock liner, but I decided to get comfortable sooner than later and save some weight, so I had Leith cook a pair of Intuition Powerwrap Pro liners.
The new aftermarket liners, combined with the 27.5 size boot and Leith’s work on the shell, yielded the most comfortable fit in an alpine boot that I can remember.
More Fit Comparisons: Cochise 130 Pro vs. Dynafit Vulcan vs. Salomon X-Max 130
At home, with one foot in the Cochise Pro 130 I swapped between two other boots on the other foot: a Dynafit Vulcan in a size 27.5 with an Intuition Powerwrap liner and a 2014-2015 Salomon X Max 130, also in a size 27.5.
My heel doesn’t feel as locked in in the Cochise 130 Pro as it does in the Vulcan, so the Cochise feels closer to the Salomon X Max 130 in that respect.
The instep and overall volume of the Cochise is similar to the X Max, although the Cochise is a bit more comfortable and natural feeling overall, despite the fact that I’ve done very similar punches to the Salomon.
All three boots seem to have a little more volume than I need in the ankle, but the Intuition liners mitigate this well in each case.
The cuff of the Cochise Pro 130 has a lateral cant adjustment on one side only, and because of my relatively varus leg shape, Leith glued in some high-density, closed-cell foam on the medial aspect of my liner. This worked well, although I feel like I still could use a little more outward canting.