Though it’s equipped with both a hike mode (free-ranging and effective, testers said) and tech fittings, the Cochise doesn’t try to be an ultra- light touring boot. Downhill performance is its strong suit, thanks to a solid alpine sole, sturdy flex, and a snug, accurate fit. Testers were awed by all the little things Tecnica does to make the Cochise easy to customize. And as is usually the case, great fit means great skiability. “Love it,” said Tischendorf. “So snappy for its class. Nice ankle grip and overall secure feel.”
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