Two recent additions to our boot wall are the Tecnica Cochise 130 and Lange XT 130. These free-tour boots come from a strong history of alpine racing and offer the best of decent performance with uphill capability.
Tecnica prides itself on an anatomical fit. Their refined shell and liner design use the most anatomical shapes on the market. This means that when the liner packs out at the end of a 100 day season, the shape of the shell will keep the boot comfy and performing well. Tecnica’s CAS, or custom adaptive shape is used throughout the shell, liner, and boot board. Besides a heat moldable liner, the Cochise 130 has dimpled areas on the shell to help the boot to take and hold punches in problem areas. While it is a little heavier than other plastics used in touring boots, polyether gives the Cochise 130 its progressive flex and lively rebound. Don’t be fooled by the 99mm last. Pre-punched problem areas and the anatomical shape let the Cochise accommodate a wider foot.
Lange’s story begins with the first attempts at plastic ski boots in 1948, and they have been perfecting the process ever since. One of Lange’s pillars is mono-injection, meaning that every boot they make is formed in one injection process. Lange uses Grilamid plastic in its XT 130 for its liveliness to weight ratio. The mono-injection process means that the shell can be punched almost anywhere that work is needed. Lange also uses true-lasted liners, or liners that extend all the way to the toe of the boot. This gives the boot a more precise fit. We are carrying the XT 130 in the medium volume, or 100mm last.
Lange and Technica take two different approaches to creating a secure walk mode. Lange adds a hinged plastic piece to the spine of the boot that gets out of the way for touring but locks into place and stiffens the boot for the decent. The Lange V-Lock tour mode holds the upper boot forward against the spine of the lower boot to bring Lang-quality performance to a very capable touring boot. Technica Uses a metal-on-metal internal latch to create its touring mode. The lever is spring loaded to drive the two pieces together to eliminate play as the boot wears.
The Tecnica Cochise 130 and Lange XT 130 both have Dynafit certified tech inserts molded into the shell of the boot for optimal power transfer, even while skiing a pin tech binding. Tecnica includes a DIN sole on the Cochise, and rubber touring soles can be added as an additional purchase. Lange ships the RX 130 with WTR soles installed but includes both DIN soles in the box at no additional cost.
So, who are these boots for, and which one is the right choice? We like both the Cochise 130 and XT 130 for anyone looking for the feel of a true alpine boot with touring capabilities. These have both been popular with skiers with race backgrounds making the switch to AT. The DIN sole options make either a great choice for a comfortable alpine boot for resort skiing. You won’t notice the walk mode until you flip the lever to access hike-to terrain or walk to the bar at the end of the day. To decide between the two you’ll have to try them on. You’ll probably be splitting hairs to try to pick the better fit, so if you’re still torn, then pick the one that matches your skis.
|Weight||1950g / boot @ 26.5||1770g / boot @ 26.5|
|Range of Motion||42 Degrees||43 degrees|
|Bindings||Tech, DIN||Tech, WTR, DIN|
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