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2 Pairs of Boots??

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I own a pair of Salomon X Max 130 Alpine boots that I really like. But as I'm switching to the Shift binding and getting into Slackcountry touring, I've bought a pair of Tecnica Cochise 130 Freeride boots and gave them a good workout at Octobertest but have yet to use them in there chosen environment. They both work well for me so far . I have several pairs of skis, from Piste to Powder but prefer Off Piste. I've had trips to Canada and European. I intend to do more Hellisking and Cat skiing and Lift access backcountry skiing, but will I ever be in need of Alpine over Freeride boots. Advice needed before I sell OR lug two pairs of Boots out with 3 sets of skis next trip.
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Probably not. I went over to a Scarpa Freedom SL a few years back and have not looked back.
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It may depend if you do much skiing on performance focused piste skis such as SL or GS. I now ski a lot with my new freeride boots but if I am having a day on the piste skis I get so much more control with my old stiff alpine boots.
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I got some free ride boots (same as the OPs) but kept my old piste oriented boots and take them for mostly piste trips

Are getting a bit packed out now so probably won’t replace them and just stick with the Cochise
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@LeglesWonder, Test them out against each other on your next trip in proper conditions and make the decision based on what you prefer.

For what it’s worth, I’ve been skiing the K2 Pinnacle 130 Freeride boot for the last 3 seasons and been very happy with them. By chance came across a pair of Nordica Speedmachine 130 Alpine’s in an end of season sale, tried them on and bought them (had the original speed machines in the 2000’s and they fitted me like a glove). Ended up using them through all of April and not going back to the K2’s. IMHO a freeride boot still gives up some precision and flex smoothness over a true Alpine boot. Will keep the K2’s for touring but will use the Nordicas for lift served.
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@BobinCH, Yes I definitely prefer the Alpine boot for response. I will take them them both away in November to Kaprun as I got a great deal on business class flights with BA, so loads of luggage allowance.
I was thinking more about how the boots would react in deep powder for Hellisking. I think the Alpine will win out. But the Coaches do apper to be a true 130 flex and very responsive. Only testing will tell
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@LeglesWonder, IME deep snow, unless very light, works boots hard so precision is important and falling risks lost skis. All other things being equal I would take Alpines
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