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The Cochise Pro 130 is one of a handful of hike-mode models that stand apart from the field, providing a flawless combination of fit, skiability, convenient cuff release, and sufficient range of motion. It rolled back into our test this year with an improved, Cochise-specific CAS (Custom Adaptive Shape) liner but was otherwise unchanged. The focus on foot-shape-driven design is apparent in the Cochise. Testers lauded additional contouring at the navicular bone, asymmetrical ankle pockets, a more ergonomic groove for the Achilles tendon, and a taller, squared-off toebox that makes skiing and hiking more enjoyable. It’s right down the middle of narrow-class fit tension but with grip and give zoned perfectly. The Cochise skied like a solid alpine boot. Testers loved its solid flex feel. Its deep-trenching torque spools up quickly turn-to-turn. It can hang on locked-up frontside boiler plate, tear through breakable crust, or float along in well-earned untracked pow, all in a day’s work. For those who choose to earn their turns, the metal-on-metal cuff-release mechanism is simple, intuitive, and bombproof. The cuff’s range of travel is better than that of most sidecountry hybrid boots, with a gliding, low-friction feel.