Well i tried them both on at my local shop, both have a great shell fit. I ski resort 90% of the time but need a tech boot for work. Time to make the decision but having a tough time!
XT Free Good: Coming off an RS130 so they are familiar, should be able to throw my Surefoot liners in.
XT Free Good: Durable walk mechanism,
XT Free Good: little lighter than the Cochise
XT Free Bad: Some worries about plastic durability
XT Free Bad: Some people say they are much softer than the Cochise, i like a stiff boot.
Cochise Good: Stiff alpine boot
Cochise Good: Nicer stock liner
Cochise Bad: Heavy, though coming off my RS130 will still feel a lot lighter
Cochise Bad: Read about failures of the walk mechanism.
Any advise greatly appreciated. Leaning towars the XT Free but curious what others who have skied both boots think!