Rating: 3.20 / 5
Waist Width: 108
Stability at speed: 3.63 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.46 / 5
Crud performance: 3.63 / 5
Flotation: 3.20 / 5
Forgiveness: 2.53 / 5
Overall: 3.20 / 5
Testers think some guys are going to love this ski-bigger guys who like to hammer. Even with a lighter tip this year, the Cochise is still a bull, happiest in long arcs at speed in big spaces. No one found its speed limit. The ex-racers and testers who like to bend a ski were its biggest fans. If you're sure you don't require any training wheels, its widebody power will delight. Larson: "Named after a bull, but the ride is fast and smooth. New tip and tail give it a less hooky demeanor, but it's still a charger."
NOTES: The Cochise is one of Blizzard's most versatile skis, designed to handle both powder and hardpack. It has a heavier core than some of Blizzard's other models, to keep it on the ground when the conditions aren't heavenly powder, and a cambered center that is designed for smooth, race-like turns and positive rebound energy on groomers and varied hardpack conditions. This camber is part of the ski's rocker profile, Rocker Camber Rocker, which also features a rockered tip and tail designed for floating on powder and getting over not-so-smooth conditions with ease. The Cochise also has a whopping 27-meter sidecut radius, the second longest from Blizzard (tied with the Bodacious) after the Spur.
The Cochise is part of Blizzard's Freeride All Mountain series, which specializes in wider, hard-charging skis that are designed to hold up far beyond the groomers. Flip Core technology is integrated, in which the core itself is built with rocker, rather than forced into a rockered shape during pressing, designed to result in a chatter-free ride. Sandwich Compound Sidewalls feature ABS and phenol plastics that are designed to keep edges safe and locked on the snow, preventing further chatter. If you're looking to huck cliffs, send chutes, and bomb down variable snow conditions on a regular basis, or just want something burlier than a strictly-groomer ski, this is the best series Blizzard has to offer you.
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