Gear Institute's Best Backcountry Boots of 2012-13: Tecnica Cochise Pro Light

The Tecnica Cochise Pro Light is a lightweight, three-buckle touring version of a proven freeride champ, with self-proclaimed 120 flex and tech or DIN soles

Tecnica Cochise Pro Light.     Photo: Tecnica

THE GOOD
    •    Swappable AFD/Tech soles.
    •    Light for hiking and skinning.
    •    Buckles are stripped down and easy to use.
    •    The longitudinal flex is smooth, if a little soft.

THE BAD
    •    Price is a little steep for a stripped-down boot.
    •    There’s no rockered sole, making your stride a bit drastic.
    •    Stock liner could offer more support.

THE VERDICT
The Cochise Pro Light is an excellent hybrid of freeride and touring DNA. The overlap cuff design provides a consistent, predictable flex, and the interchangeable tech soles and AFD give it versatility and sole longevity. It's not as stiff as it looks, but it's not as heavy either. Get the Tecnica Cochise Pro (more like the Lange XT 130, but with tech fittings) if you want to charge around the resorts. Save the Light for sweat-labor adventure deep in the hills.

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