Best 50/50 Hybrid Boot
Tecnica Cochise

The Tecnica Cochise has been around for a while, and was one of the boots that sparked the whole free tour craze currently ripping through the industry. While it’s had many incarnations over the course of the last decade, it now most closely resembles a touring compatible version of Tecnica’s Mach 1 alpine boot. The Cochise differs from similar models such as the Lupo Pro, in how fully they commit to the downhill aspects of the boot.

We talk a lot about compromise when discussing ski gear, the story with boots lately has been trying to optimize touring features and downhill performance. The Cochise takes a different approach and fully kit out the boot as an alpine. It’s made of the more durable plastics typical of real downhill boots, with some precision shaving to cut down on the bulk in areas that don’t see much strain. The heel is much narrower than you see in a lot of other hybrids, and it’s cuff is a little bit higher.

The only thing that separates the Cochise from an aggressive downhill boot is the inclusion of a walk mode and pin compatibility. You should know going in that it definitely isn’t one of the “lightweight” hybrid options hitting the market this year. It still has a decent range of motion and maneuverability, despite its weight.

As far as hybrids go, this is one of the best ski boots. The only criticism we can honestly give it is that you’re forced into a little bit of a forward stance even in walk mode. This isn’t a huge issue if you love busting up hill, but for long, flat, approaches it could be annoying

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.6

Things we like:

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    Hybrid boot that actually skis like a downhill
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    Made of more durable plastics than other hybrids
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    We love the emphasis on downhill

Things we don't like:

  • check-markNot the best walk mode in the game, but that’s not the reason you’re buying this boot

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Specs & Features

  • Flex Range 110-130
  • Last 99mm
  • Mondo 22-30.5
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Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.6

Things we like:

  • check-mark
    Hybrid boot that actually skis like a downhill
  • check-mark
    Made of more durable plastics than other hybrids
  • check-mark
    We love the emphasis on downhill

Things we don't like:

  • check-markNot the best walk mode in the game, but that’s not the reason you’re buying this boot

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