Technica Cochise 130
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I ski 75-100 days a year, in a mix of backcountry and alpine. I bought the Cochise to use predominantly in the slack country with a pair of Romp pintail skis mounted with a Salomon shift binding. I wanted something that was solid enough to perform at the area, but with a tech toe capability and a walk mode. On paper, the Cochise were the perfect match. After using them for 15+ days, I'm finding that the match in practice isn't as great.
There is a lot that I like about the boots. The fit is excellent for my foot, the workmanship seems to be high quality and the walk mode works better than I expected.
What I don't like about the boot is the way that it performs. The single biggest issue is that there is absolutely no way that this boot comes even close to the advertised 130 flex level. I'd be surprised if it was even 100. On the mountain, I find myself over bucking the boot trying to get the stiffness up to a performance level. In tour mode, the boots work well enough but are significantly heavier, and have less forward motion, than my Scarpa Maestrales, without offering that much better performance on the descents.
I wasn't surprised by the backcountry performance but the reviews I read of the Cochise had me expecting more in the way of alpine performance.
My overall take is that this is a high-quality, compromise boot that offers ok, but not great, performance in multiple settings. With hindsight, I wish I had purchased either its Lange counterpart (which multiple friends have and have found to be stiffer) or the Atomic Hawk and a second set of liners to use in the backcountry.
I have the Lange XT Free 130s and have the same issue. Way too soft of a flex. Not even close to a 130. I was looking at these as a possible replacement, but from what you're saying they have the same issue.