Tecnica Cochise 105 W ski boot review, 2017/2018 women's Freeride Category, from our equipment experts at Bootfitters.com powered by Masterfit.

What do testers like most about the Tecnica Cochise 105 W? They like that there's no compromise to be made in performance or fit in order to have a hike mode. Testers agree that this ski boot, more than any other in the hike mode group, fits and skis like a full-blown alpine boot. "No loss in quality turns with this hike mode technology," said Goldsmith of the Cochise 105 W. The metal-on-metal cuff release mechanism keeps a direct-drive feel on board, and the firm, well-shaped C.A.S. liner maintains a connection between the body and the boot shell. Testers claimed Tecnica's Cochise 105 W was quicker and stronger than expected at every turn on every snow surface.

Tecnica smartly places this 99 mm right between the narrows and the mediums, capturing the broadest audience of good skiers who want options on hiking or skinning around with one single model. "Awesome performance fit!" said Teren. "Race boot come AT boot—supportive fit means viper fast." Testers liked the Cochise 105 W's heel and ankle hold but also appreciated the slightly more open fit at the forefoot, over the instep and at the calf.