The Tecnica Cochise 120 is a surprisingly versatile all-mountain ski boot; it is comfortable for hiking and skinning, and also skis well in the resort in all types of terrain. The Cochise's lightweight materials sacrifice some of the stiffness and performance of a dedicated in-bounds ski boot but make the boot a good choice for those who prefer the feel of a backcountry style boot and occasionally want to duck outside the ropes and access more hike-to terrain. The features of the boot are smart, durable, and effective. We appreciate the boot's versatility and awarded it the Top Pick for this reason. The design of the Cochise 120 is outside the box while maintaining quality and performance with respect to the balance that it seeks to strike between backcountry and resort skiing.
We tested the updated version of this boot for the 2015 season and continue to be impressed with this boot overall. It is one of our favorite boots to spend long days in because it is warm and the walk mode provides relief from an aggressive ski stance. It is lightweight, which is really nice for walking around, doing odd work, and going up and down stairs.