Tecnica Cochise 120

FOR: Neutral
MSRP: $735
GET IT: $519.99

From the Editors of Freeskier:

The Cochise 120 is a solid boot for the sidecountry. The 100mm last will fit a large group of people and the metal-to-metal ski/walk mechanism ensures good performance when it’s locked into place. The top buckle has been replaced with a hybrid powerstrap/buckle that locks down nicely and the boots come standard with tech-compatible soles that can be easily swapped out for DIN soles.

The Pros: Lightweight, good grip under the arch for hiking
The Cons: A boot that is marketed as "sidecountry" should come with DIN soles standard, tech-compatible optional