Product Review – Tecnica Cochise Pro Light AT Boot

Tecnica Cochise Pro Light

By Rob McCormick

Now that ski season finally showed up, I have skied my Tecnica Cochise Pro Lights enough to write a proper review. With designs inspired by the late Arnie Backstrom, Tecnica wasted no time jumping into the AT/Sidecountry boot market. First with the Tecnica Cochise Pro and now with it’s lighter cousin the Cochise Pro Light. The Pro Light saves weight in several ways. It replaced the top strap/buckle combo used on the Cochise Pro with just a power strap. The remaining three buckles are made from lighter material, the rubber instep grip has been removed and a lighter Intuition Liner has been used. All said and done the modifications save roughly half pound per boot.

Moving on to performance, the Cochise Pro Light handles better on both the uphill and descent than my previous high performance AT boots. I started off on the right foot (no pun intended) by getting custom footbeds and cooking the liners. From day one they fit like a dream. The transition from walk to ski mode is flawless with a simple pull up on a strap for walk and easy push down for ski. The walk mobility is phenomenal! Tremendous range of motion on the climb and amazingly comfy for post ski walking back to the car or bar. I usually can’t wait to get my boots off after skiing. With the Pro Light, I can transition right into apres ski without wasting valuable time switching out of boots. Last but definitely not least, the Cochise Pro Light skis like a champ. The exceptional hybrid performance can be attributed to the cuff mobility system, which uses metal to metal contact between the cuff and the shell. It goes without saying they are Dynafit compatible and all high wear parts can be replaced. I have an extremely low volume foot so I had to take up some space in the toe box. Beyond that, no blisters, no pressure points, no discomfort, super mobile on the up and rocking on the down. I can’t wait to take these things on longer tours as the spring cycle kicks into gear.

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  • Bill

    Thanks for the review: where do you buy them and would you use them for both resort skiing and AT or just AT?

  • Rob

    I don’t think they are available until next season. The Cochise Pro should hold it’s own for resort skiing, sidecountry and backcountry. The Pro Light may cut it as a resort boot but having a fourth buckle would be nice.

  • Johnny

    Rob perfect review, exactly what i was looking for – from somebody who got experiencis with Cochise PL in action not only from store. I want to update my backcountry set and cant decide between Cochise PL and Dynafit ZZeus. Friend of mine got Cochise 120DYN and he’s saying that on his weight 180 lb (81 kg) they are very stiff. I’m a bit heavy guy 210 lb (95 kg), 5,9 ft (181 cm) and don’t know how they will behaviour in colder condition as in the shop is different temperature.
    Dynafit team wrote me back that ZZeus got flex index about 120 what is the same as PL, but for sure can’t compare two different manufacturer as the flex index is no standard. ZZeus got four magnesium buckles and seems that their are higher that PL so I think they can hold my leg better. PL are stripped-down Cochise 120 so instead of power strap connected with buckle (cochise 120) they leave there only power strap with three aluminum buckles. So how do you felt in PL in downhill mode, the transmition from leg to ski was good, is the cuff high enough? Also I couldn’t find how big the lean angle is. Is it between 15°- 21° as in ZZeus or lower? I will use them with Marker Baron and skis Line Prophet 100.
    Sorry for to many questions but I’m trying to get as much information as I can, becasue I have limited selection of products that I can also try here. Thanks in advance =))

  • Rob

    Hi Johnny. Thanks for the comment. I feel the transfer from leg to ski is great and that the cuff is high enough on the Cochise Pro Light. I weigh about 160 so the boot will probably flex easier for you. I am not super tech savvy so I am going to copy my contact who works for Tecnica for further follow up. Eastern Sierra backcountry slayer John Morrison just gave the Tecnica Cochise PL an amazing review further confirming how much it rocks.

  • Hi Johnny,

    My name is Clem and I’m the rep for Tecnica. I saw your comments here and I figured I’d chime in. Im 205lbs. I gotta say I tried on both the Zeus and the PL side by side when I was at the 5th Season in Mt. Shasta last week. I also tried on every AT competitor he had in the similar flex category. All I gotta say is Im glad that PL says “Tecnica” on it. I always try on other stuff to see what my competiors are doing, and I dont think anyone has the blend of stiffness, flex progression/feel, fit and light weight like the Pro Lights. John Morrison sent me a text last march (He used to ski Dynafit Titans..) saying “Cochise Lights = Chimney Approved”…If that says anything. I think the only thing to keep in mind is that the Pro Lights dont have an adjustable forward lean, you just have to use a spoiler. I feel like the Pro Light is also stiffer than the regular 120 because there is no “quick instep” on it. You should consider the Pro 130 too if you have a narrow foot. Looking at your ski and binding set up, that stuff isnt super light, especially if you’re dragging barons up the hill. If you love that set up you might want to go full bore with the 130 so there are no doubts whatsoever. You can always add an Intution style liner down the road and save a half pound that way. If you really want to ramp up your touring game though get d=some Dynafit Radical bindings and The Lights. I ran those bindings last year and its rmarkable how much better they climb. The only drawback is though in the resort they ski weird, whereas the baron skis OK in both, not great in my opinion.

    Check out my Cochise 130 review for more info:

    Hope that helps.

  • I just got a pair of these and I cannot believe how well they perform on the downhill – just like an alpine boot! They’re also light and comfy. Walk mode lets you stand completely upright. I feel like I’m in a pair of slippers when I switch over. I’ve tried around eight different pairs of AT boots over the years and these are far and away the best. Yay!