Take an alpine boot and make it tour. After testing Tecnica’s freshman Cochise backcountry skiing boot last winter, then getting a first look at this season’s version, I can say yes, they did that. In this case, mass is reduced by pairing the shell with a simple but nicely constructed Palau liner, along with a slightly lighter buckle configuration and a few other things left out of the mix (such as the mostly decorative plastic spoiler on the regular Cochise). As usual, we’ll be testing a limited quiver of boots this winter, and these most certainly will be in there. Check out a first look.
(Note that Cochise is also sold in the “Cochise Pro 130” version with a 98mm last ,(i.e, plug version of the 100mm Cochise/Dragon). This boot has a stiffer liner and alpine soles with no tech fittings. For an overview of the full Tecnica freeride-backcountry line, click here.)
There you have it. Looking for an attractive side-country option or a touring boot with beef?
100 mm last
Size evaluated 28.5, BSL 330
Total weight of one boot, 63.2 oz, 1788 gr
Shell weight 56.5 oz, 1602 gr
(See our weight chart for comparo)