The brand new Cochise additionally has Tecnica’s “C.A.S.” shell design (“Customized Adaptive Form”), which mainly signifies that Tecnica says they designed it with a extra anatomical form and included dimpled sections within the plastic that make punching, stretching, grinding, and so on. simpler throughout the bootfitting course of.
PU is mostly identified to be a extra sturdy plastic and usually gives a extra progressive flex, but it surely’s additionally usually heavier than PP and PA (polyamide). In consequence, PU is usually what we see in lots of alpine and race boots. PP is mostly lighter and cheaper than PU, although it tends to not create as progressive of a flex and is a little more troublesome to work with when bootfitting, therefore why it’s usually used within the cuffs of trainers just like the Cochise. For a way more in-depth and insightful dialog about ski boot plastics, try episode #54 of our GEAR:30 podcast.
The earlier Cochise boots used related plastics to the 21/22 fashions, however Tecnica says that they tweaked the decrease shell and located a method to make use of much less materials whereas making the final extra anatomical, which is reportedly the primary method that they shaved the general weight by 10–15% in comparison with the earlier fashions.
So total, the brand new Cochise boots’ still-pretty-burly shell development appears to counsel that they’re nonetheless specializing in downhill efficiency, somewhat than minimal weight. And that is smart, on condition that Tecnica already makes the very gentle (and excellent) Zero G sequence for backcountry outings the place weight and uphill effectivity are larger priorities.
The Cochise 130 comes with Tecnica’s “Excessive Efficiency C.A.S.” liner, and it’s fairly beefy. It has substantial fiberglass reinforcements across the high of the cuff, a moldable, “punchable,” and “grindable” materials across the ankle, an adjustable tongue, and a versatile space across the Achilles tendon.