Expert Review: Tecnica Cochise Team DYN Gw Ski Boots

This review is my honest opinion of the ski boots, which I purchased with my own money in October of 2022.

The Tecnica Cochise Team DYN Gw Ski Boots.

All photos courtesy of Austen Law

About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the ski boots, which I purchased with my own money in October of 2022.

My take

The Technica Cochine Team DYN Gw is a boot geared toward the advanced to the expert-level skier who needs a boot that can ski in the resort well and tour like a champ. These are one of the best hybrid touring and resort boots on the market.

Back of the Tecnica Cochise Team DYN Gw Ski Boots.

About the boots I own

  • Model: 2023 Technica Cochise DYN Gw
  • Size: 26.5

About me

  • Height: 6’0’’
  • Weight: 185lbs
  • Street shoe size: 10
  • Experience: 26 years skiing

Test conditions

  • When I bought these boots: October 2022
  • Days tested: 14
  • Skis: 2021 Armada Tracer 98
  • Bindings: 2021 Armada Shift 13
  • Where I’ve used it: Mt. Bachelor and Central Oregon backcountry
  • Terrain: Powder, mixed snow, groomer

How they perform

Claimed Stiffness Accuracy
Heel Hold
Walk Mode

What I was looking for

I was looking for a high-performance ski boot that could both ski the front side well and tour with a great walk mode too. I wanted a ski boot with a higher flex rating than 120 and a low-volume profile to a medium-volume (MV) profile. Anywhere from 95mm to 100mm last on the boot.

Why I chose this gear

I chose this gear because these new Technica Cochise DYN Gw boots were the comfiest high-performance hybrid boot I could demo and feel out. The boots allowed me to ski the front side well, just as good as a resort boot, and still gave me the freedom to ski and tour the backcountry.

Heel of the Tecnica Cochise Team DYN Gw Ski Boots.

What I love about them

  • Accuracy of Claimed Stiffness: As a claimed 130, these Technica Cochise are a true 130 flex rating. Lots of energy is needed to move these boots, but they are great once one can flex and move them.
  • Accuracy of Claimed Fit: As a boot that is 99mm last and fairly snug all over, they match the marketing. I have a narrow and lean foot profile, so these boots are perfect for me.
  • Comfort: Out of the box, a few areas on my foot were almost too tight and some too loose. But, with the help of my bootfitter and some shell adjustments, they feel like slippers.
  • Flex: These move like butter once one gets them fitted and corrects their stance. But ease of movement back and forth from the flex is very smooth.
  • Weight: These are updated and revamped Cochise boots, which shed a lot of plastic and weight, making these some of the lightest hybrid boots around. Even with a hefty buckle on the spine for switching between walk mode and ski mode, these are very lightweight, coming in at 1,850g.
  • Ease of use: Technica added what they call the “Quick Instep,” which is a full hard shell covering the ceiling of the boot. There is a lightweight, softer plastic to make it easier to come out and put on the boot.
  • Resort: So far, so great, as I have ripped on these boots in resorts for many days. These boots are great on the groomer, mixed, and even climbing on ladders.
  • Backcountry: These have crushed it so far on the few trips I have made with these Cochise boots. Both on the snowmobile and the hiking and touring, these have held up great and skied even better.
  • Walk mode: The touring mode on these boots is incredible, giving the skier frictionless hiking and saving the skier energy.
  • Grip: These boots come standard with Vibram GripWalk, making it easier for the skier to walk out of the binding and hike while in touring mode.
  • Versatility: This is one of the few boots that can really do it all. This boot can shred the resort and tour and ski the backcountry well.
  • Responsiveness: With that forward lean profile, these boots are very responsive to the skier's movement. When they want to get forward, these boots get forward.

Issues I’ve encountered

  • Durability: These hybrid boots are lighter so far, but they seem to get dinged up pretty fast. From ski-to-ski contact to riding the snowmobile to walking on pavement or hiking, these have deteriorated a little too quickly for my liking. I like the lightweight, but they get cut up quickly.
Walk mode on the Tecnica Cochise Team DYN Gw Ski Boots.

Favorite moment with this gear

Having the option in the morning to ski the resort or have the ability to go on a backcountry trip is so awesome, let alone a boot that can do both and do it really well. So one morning, I was headed to the resort I ski at, and it was far too busy for my liking, so I got back in the car, drove back down the highway, and was able to tour with the same boot with ease.

Value for the money vs. other options

The Tecnica Cochise is as nice as they get for a switch/hybrid boot, so they certainly aren’t cheap. However, they are worth every penny if someone thinks they will utilize a boot that can not only ski the resort like a resort boot but gives them the ability to tour and explore the backcountry as well. Some other boot options to consider would be the K2 Mindbender 130 or the Lange XT3 Tour Pro. Both ski boots are awesome. I just liked how the Technica boots skied for me.

Final verdict

The Cochise is Tecnica's bread and butter for backcountry touring, and the Team DYN Gw is the stiffest option available for experts and heavier riders. A touch of carbon creates a powerful 130 flex that offers the torsional response needed for dropping powdery mountains, hucking off cliffs, and keeping upright in spring's icier conditions. A great hybrid boot that gives that advanced skier the option to ski it all.

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Former ski racing athlete turned big mountain junkie. After a run in the ski racing world, I turned to the equipment side of skiing to ensure skiers are fitted and educated on the products they deserve. From boot fitting to expert reviews for ski publications, I have always been driven to give the c...

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