I posted a while back about buying boots online and was shown the error of my ways. One of the boots I've looked at and tried on at my local shop are the Tecnica Cochise 120s. I found them to be pretty darn comfortable right out of the box.
I'm an advanced skier and ski primarily in CO. I'm 5' 10" 190 with slightly wider than average feet (98s are too narrow) with fairly thick calves. I get maybe 12 ski days a year and rarely do any hiking/skinning so the fact that the Cochise is a "hybrid" isn't a huge selling point. But there was no denying that of the boots I tried (Lange RS120, RS130, Tecnica Demon 120), the Cochise 120 felt the best. But my concern is that I'm sacrificing performance for comfort. A different salesperson at the very same shop was adamant about the lack of performance in a 3-buckle boot and tried to steer me towards the Lange which were horribly uncomfortable. The Demon 120s are probably a little more similar in fit the Tecnica Icon X TNTs that I'm replacing which were never especially comfortable even after lots of grinding/stretching.
Any thoughts on the matter would be greatly appreciated.