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Tecnica Mach1 MV 130 Review

When you want a boot that can drive any ski in any condition, look no further
Tecnica Mach1 MV 130
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Editors' Choice Award
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Price:  $750 List | $749.95 at REI
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Pros:  Easy to customize, stiff consistent flex, quick-release cam power strap, very warm
Cons:  Expensive, requires a strong, aggressive skier
Manufacturer:   Tecnica
By Ryan Baker ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Oct 26, 2021
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  • Comfort - 30% 8
  • Performance - 30% 9
  • Materials & Durability - 20% 9
  • Warmth - 10% 7
  • Features - 10% 8

Our Verdict

The Tecnica Mach 1 leads the industry as a race boot-inspired alpine boot that does it all. With excellent edge-to-edge transition on groomers and supreme control in powder and the worst crud, this boot had the highest performance of any boot we tested. This ranking along with firm comfort, excellent warmth, and snappy extra features earned it our Editors' Choice Award. This is a stiff boot that needs a confident driver. Be ready to fly and when at top speed be impressed at the control and precision. This boot will answer to the confident skier who wants to turn fast and ski aggressively.

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Pros Easy to customize, stiff consistent flex, quick-release cam power strap, very warmComfortable walk mode, stiff consistent flex, sturdy constructionComfortable, cork liner, Grip Walk outsolesComfortable, easy instep, variable last ideal for larger feetComfortable, consistent flex, Grip Walk outsoles, reasonable price
Cons Expensive, requires a strong, aggressive skierSmall switch on locking mechanism, heavy, expensiveExpensive, velcro power strapSoft flex, low performanceLower performing, not much for extra features
Bottom Line When you want a boot that can drive any ski in any condition, look no furtherA comfortable medium-fit boot made from strong materials that can master the front and backcountry with smile-inducing controlOustanding comfort supplied by a cork and EVA foam liner in a high-performing polyurethane shell makes this one of the most comfortable boots we've testedThis comfortable boot is easy to get on and off with plenty of room and variability for most foot shapesThese boots offer consistent and progressive flex for the advancing skier looking to step into a top-notch alpine boot at a fair price
Rating Categories Tecnica Mach1 MV 130 Tecnica Cochise 130... Nordica Speedmachin... Dalbello Panterra 1... Atomic Hawx Prime 1...
Comfort (30%)
8.0
8.0
9.0
8.0
7.0
Performance (30%)
9.0
9.0
8.0
6.0
7.0
Materials & Durability (20%)
9.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
8.0
Warmth (10%)
7.0
8.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
Features (10%)
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8.0
7.0
8.0
5.0
Specs Tecnica Mach1 MV 130 Tecnica Cochise 130... Nordica Speedmachin... Dalbello Panterra 1... Atomic Hawx Prime 1...
Available Widths LV (98mm)
MV (100mm)
HV (103mm)
99mm only Promachine (98mm)
Speedmachine (100mm)
Sportmachine (102mm)
100-102mm (variable) Hawx Ultra (98mm)
Hawx Prime (100mm)
Hawx Magna (102mm)
Available Flexes 110, 120, 130 110, 120, 130 80, 90, 100, 110, 120, 130 90, 100, 120, 130 70, 80, 90, 100, 110, 120, 130
What We Tested MV (100mm)
130 Flex
99mm
130 Flex
Speedmachine (100 mm)
130 Flex
100-102mm (variable)
130 Flex
Hawx Prime (100mm)
130 Flex
Walk Mode? No Yes No Yes No
Number of Buckles 4 4 4 4 4
Buckles Microadjustable? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Weight (per boot, size 27.5) 4 lb 3 oz 4 lb 2 oz 4 lb 2 oz 3 lb 12 oz 4 lb
Boot Sole Length (size 27.5) 315 mm 315 mm 315 mm 318 mm 315 mm
Liner Thermo-Moldable? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Binding Compatibility Gripwalk/Alpine DYN/Gripwalk Gripwalk/Alpine Gripwalk/Alpine Gripwalk/Alpine
Shell Material PU PU/PP PU DB Hyperlite PU

Our Analysis and Test Results

Looking for a high-performance alpine boot with excellent performance and three easy-to-shop volume sizes to fit any foot size? The Tecnica Mach 1 impressed our testers with its ability to drive any ski in any condition from crud to pow. This boot is crowned with our coveted Editors' Choice Award for its consistent firm flex rocketing it to the top of the performance metric in all snow conditions: moguls, chutes, powder, wind buff, and corduroy. We found ourselves constantly gravitating back to this boot while testing due to its all-day comfort and snug cuff.

Performance Comparison


Choosing the right boot helps you take your skiing to the next level.
Choosing the right boot helps you take your skiing to the next level.
Photo: Scott Rokis

Comfort


The Mach 1 comes in three varying shell sizes and boasts a fully customizable liner. For our medium-volume feet, this is one of the most comfortable boots we rode. Comfort can be a very subjective metric, but our feet slid right into the soft instep and felt snug on the top of the foot with minimal heel rise while skiing. The standard medium fit last of 100 millimeters doesn't aggravate your sixth toe and has a snug heel cup with a generous toe box. The anatomical shape will need little shaping for most feet. The quick-release power strap cinches super tight to increase cuff comfort and consistency, so your not cranking on any one buckle too hard.


We don't have much to complain about with this boot. Regardless of the volume or width of your foot, Tecnica offers a style to fit you. In addition to the MV (medium volume) version we tested, the Mach1 is also available in an LV (low volume) version with a 98-millimeter last and a lower volume profile, and an HV (high volume) version with a 103-millimeter last and a higher instep volume. These three styles in one boot model make shopping pretty straightforward as well. We tested the 130 flex, which offers high performance for more aggressive skiers, but if you are looking for a softer flex to increase comfort, Tecnica offers the Mach 1 in flexes 110 and 120 as well. Extra holes for moving the cuff buckles allow for more room for those with large calves. The firm CAS liner feels hard, but the dual-density foam can be heat molded and ground for additional customization. The adjustable PU tongue can also be molded to conform to your shin perfectly.

Anatomical shaping and a moldable shell and liner allow this boot to...
Anatomical shaping and a moldable shell and liner allow this boot to stay warm in single-digit weather.
Photo: Ryan Baker

Performance


The common trade-off in ski boots is to sacrifice comfort for performance. Stiffer, skinnier, lower volume boots typically provide better precision, power transfer, and control. The Mach 1 is an extremely comfortable boot that does not sacrifice performance. The T-Drivve technology in the LV and MV models is a carbon fiber spine that extends from the cuff to the ankle. This increases the moment arm, increasing control and precision in edge-to-edge transitions. This also reduces lateral flexion and power loss. In fast GS turns, poppy moguls, and steep hop turns, the stiff flex precisely places the ski tip exactly where you want it.


The T-Drive and power strap works well to keep the flex consistent throughout the cuff through the ankle of the boot to increase control through the lower leg. Unfortunately, Tecnica does not offer the T-Drive in the HV or high volume model (103-millimeter width). Regardless, the performance of the Mach 1 MV sets the bar in this category. Consistent flex allows you to push progressively through your turn without any soft spots or weaknesses.

Consistent progressive flexion and stuff lateral flexion from...
Consistent progressive flexion and stuff lateral flexion from Tecnica give you the confidence to open it up on the slopes.
Photo: Ryan Baker

Materials & Durability


Dimpled work zones in the PU shell make the boot fitters life easier. The metal buckle system allows for the preferred tension for any rider with micro-adjustments. The 45-millimeter power lock strap cinches wonderfully tight with a sturdy cam buckle. Save your money and forego a Booster Strap. The Power Lock buckle and stiff webbing give ample cuff support. It is a stiff and heavy boot to cruise the apres ski in, but we will trade cobblestone comfort for carving corn turns any day.


We did not encounter durability issues during testing. The replaceable toe and heel caps are easy to changeout extending the boot's life from pavement wear and tear. The sturdy PU construction with a carbon spine appears very resilient to abrasion and abuse.

Replacing heel and toe caps will extend the life of any ski boot if...
Replacing heel and toe caps will extend the life of any ski boot if maintained properly.
Photo: Ryan Baker

Warmth


The increased toe cap space kept our feet from getting cold on single-digit mornings standing in lift lines. On that same token, we found the boot to stay comfortably cool on hot spring afternoons.
We love the fully removable and moldable tongue on the Mach1, such a...
We love the fully removable and moldable tongue on the Mach1, such a treat for your shins.
Photo: Ryan Baker
The CAS liner utilizes Celliant and lambswool to promote warmth. Celliant is a third-party company that creates fabrics, they claim, that absorb body heat and reflect it back as infrared heat. Celliant claims this increases local circulation and oxygen availability keeping you warmer. They state this has been tested and proven in clinical trials.


If you are interested, Celliant provides in-depth information on their website regarding their technology. During testing, we rejoiced in warm toes and feet throughout the coldest winter days. As with any higher performing boot, you can expect on warmer days to find the need to unbuckle to allow for boot swelling. It will be up to you to determine the trade-off between comfort and performance because it is hard to have both. That being said, for us, we found the Mach 1 threads the needle nicely.

The carbon-reinforced T-drive adds loads of control and stiffness in...
The carbon-reinforced T-drive adds loads of control and stiffness in the LV and MV models.
Photo: Ryan Baker

Features


There are several features of the Mach 1 that we think make this boot unique and ascend it, in our opinion, even further. The lift lock buckles are a classy element that holds the foot top buckles up and out the way. This is advantageous while putting the boot on or if you just need maximum pressure relief on the deck after a long day. Our favorite feature is the quick-release Power Lock buckle on the power strap. The nose of the buckle opens upward so that it drops away when released and is easy to feedback on when you're ready to go. This makes for quick entry and exit of the boot, and as we already mentioned, holds the cuff super secure.


It is possible to replace the standard ISO soles for Grip Walk soles if you want extra traction. In the box, Tecnica includes cuff shims to increase forward angle and reduce cuff space as well. We used our own insoles for testing, as we recommend you do as well to provide better arch support. The moldable and adjustable tongue is also a very nice special feature.

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Value


The Mach 1 clocks in the top end of our tested price range. For the performance you get for that price, we think it is worth it. Tecnica has made a top-of-the-line product for years with the Mach 1 and is continuing that tradition. The price tag is justified and is worth the investment if you are looking for a new stiffer boot to expand your skill set and challenge yourself or just to continue ripping.

Conclusion


Excellent comfort and performance in testing awarded this boot as our Editors' Choice. Anatomical out-of-the-box comfort with customizable components and multiple volume sizes mean that even the strangest foot shape should find a Mach 1 to match. This boot can drive the heaviest stiffest ski and carve perfect turns as well as perform any other job it is asked to do with grace and precision.

Ryan Baker

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