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Any thoughts on "side country" boots like the Tecnica Cochise for someone that doesn't do much/any hiking?

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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.

 

Thanks,

Max

post #2 of 4

cochise ski just fine for everyone that I have put them in.  Some use the walk mode daily, some never.   I sometimes just show it as a "easy entry" or a day lodge feature...

 

if the boot fits best, buy it.

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the only time you might notice a lack of performance is when you are skiing rock hard piste on a factory race ski at mach 3 if you are skiing all mountain type skis at sensible speeds on mixed terrain, not an issue

 

it is a 3 buckle boot with has a little performance drop from a 4 buckle model but it all depends what you are looking for

 

as Dave said, if it fits then no problem for most users

post #4 of 4

Perhaps give the Lange "XT" 120 a try rather than the "RS" as the XT has a wider roomier last shape and you give up very little if any performance from the RS.

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