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2012 Tecnica Bushwacker Air Shell


Pros: Walk feature, wide power strap,

Cons: Soft comfy liner



Shell Size Tested: 23.5

Width:  98-100 with airshell

Flex rating: 110

Ski tested with: Blizzard - Black Pearl, Samba,

Footbed: custom with boot heaters

Modifications done to boot: Out of the box, none



Environment of Conditions:

*Location of review: all over

*Runs Taken: 70+ days

*Snow Conditions: varied

*Demo or Own: Own



Tester Info:

Username: Trekchick

Age: 45

Height/Weight: 5'6" 135lb

Ski Days/Season: 60+

Years Skiing: 28

Aggressiveness: Moderate (Finesse) 

Current Quiver: Blizzard Black Pearl, Blizzard Samba, DPS Yvette

Home Area: Squaw & Northstar

Preferred Terrain: varied, off-piste, trees


Noted features:

Out of the box the things I noticed first were the added snug buckle on the power strap that helps snug up the cuff, but allows for quick release when using the hike feature.  

The Walk feature is easily accessible, even with gloves on, and the soles, which are changeable from DIN to AT/Vibram,  are easy to walk in, whether you're hiking over rocks to get to your ski line or through the resort village for a drink. 




I have a narrow foot with a high instep and high arch which made me wonder if this 100mm last boot would work for me in the long run.  The thing that made me give it a try was the fact that the shell fit was pretty snug out of the box and the air shell feature would allow me to snug up the heel if the liner packed out.

With my particular foot shape and the fact that the last width is much less than 100 mm in the 23 shell, I've been very happy with the fit even after I got 70 days in this boot, and have only recently been tempted to try the air shell feature. 



A real alpine boot with a walk feature is something that you may expect to have a compromise in performance.   I have not noticed a compromise, in fact I've noticed an increase in performance over my previous boots.  

The only performance issue I've encountered is of my own doing, when I forget to take it out of walk mode and begin skiing.  


Added benefit: 

I began ski teaching this past winter and found added benefit with the walk mode on busy holidays when working on the bunny hill, hiking and helping beginner skiers.  


One Downside: 

After 70 days in this boot, I'm finding myself snugging up the cuff more as the liner packs out a bit, but then I have skinny ankles and calves. 

2012 Tecnica Bushwacker Air Shell

The all new Bushwacker with Air Shell Fit Technology is changing the game when it comes to Side Country skiing. This boot offers touring capability with the Interchangeable Soles and Cuff Mobility System, without sacrificing downhill performance. Gone are the days of choosing between the convenience of a better "up" boot versus a kick butt alpine "down" boot. Get the Bushwacker and get it all. The Air Shell Fit System allows you to customize the fit anywhere, anytime. Need a little wiggle room while heading UP the mountain but want a snug performance fit for the ride DOWN? Air Shell - custom fit on demand!

Shell MaterialTri-Ax Plastic
Liner Material
Thermo-moldable LinerNo
Number of Buckles3
Micro Adjustableyes
Binding CompatibilityDin, vibram
Recommended LevelAdvanced
Model Year2012
Flex Rating110
Last (mm)100
ShellTraditional Plastic
Replaceable solesBoth
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC
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