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Blizzard Cochise (2017)

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Blizzard Cochise

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Rating: 3.19 / 5
Price: $900.00
Year: 2017
Level: 2
Gender: Male
Waist Width: 108
Tip/Tail/Waist: 136-108-122
Lengths: 166, 173, 180, 187

Stability at speed: 3.85 / 5
Hard snow performance: 2.64 / 5
Crud performance: 3.85 / 5
Flotation: 2.93 / 5
Forgiveness: 2.78 / 5
Overall: 3.19 / 5

Testers kept referring to its versatility, but they didn’t mean the high- or low-speed kind. The Cochise is a go-fast ski that expects to be driven hard. What they meant: Deep days or everydays, it’s got game. It’s barely wide enough for Deep Snow qualification. Wood core, two sheets, classic Austrian vertical-sidewall layup...it’s a fat, rockered powder ski that thinks it’s a race ski. Larsen: “Shocking how versatile it is for a 108. And I threw everything at it.” 

The 2017 Blizzard Cochise is built to offer more everyday-conditions versatility than its powder-only big brothers, the Spur and Bodacious. With a 108-mm waist width, it's wide enough to skim and surf all but the deepest powder, but it has hardpack-day game as well. It's metal-reinforced, for extra edge grip and high-speed stability, and while tip and tail rocker add to its soft-snow surfiness the Cochise has a section of camber underfoot, for still more edge grip as well as enhanced rebound energy. It's an experts-only ski, with a long sidecut radius (27 meters) that won't feel overly hooky at high speeds. 

It's part of Blizzard's highly successful Free Mountain Series, which includes its bull-themed models (each named for a famous rodeo bull). The series, which returns unchanged for 2017 (including graphic), comprises five men's models ranging in width from 125 mm (Spur) down to 88 mm (Brahma), with MSRPs ranging from $960 down to $780 (all are sold flat, without a binding). All are sturdy laminate constructions built on wood cores (including light, rugged bamboo with weight-saving foam stringers in the widest models, Spur and Bodacious). All are built with edgy, full-length/full-height vertical sidewalls. All are rockered in the tip in tail, for soft-snow flotation and easy-to-pivot steering; the widest models (Spur, Bodacious) are flat through the midsection, for maximum looseness in deep snow, while the narrower ones (Cochise, Bonafide and Brahma) have positive camber underfoot for enhanced edge grip and rebound energy on hardpack. Tapered tips (where the widest part of the ski is moved toward the binding) give all models an added measure of slashy surfiness in deep snow. All Freeride All Mountain skis are built with Blizzard's Flipcore construction method: The ski mold is built with rocker in it, and the wood core is flipped so that it fits the rockered mold (arched surface down; flat surface up). Blizzard says no extra pressure is needed tip and tail to bend the ski into a rockered shape, so there's no material-memory tendency to spring back to an unrockered shape, and pressure distribution is even along the ski's length. The newer Carbon Flipcore, in all models, has a layer of strong, light carbon-fiber reinforcement through the rocker area in the tip to save weight, increase stability, and reduce the tip-flap that plagues some rockered skis. 

Blizzard, founded in 1945, is based in Mittersill, Austria, about 15 minutes from Kitzbuehel. It's part of the Tecnica Group, which includes Tecnica and Nordica (also Rollerblade, Lowa, and Moon Boot). The Mittersill factory produces both Blizzard and Nordica skis, as well as some skis for other brands. -J.C.

Notes: The 2017 Blizzard Cochise is built to offer more everyday-conditions versatility than its powder-only big brothers, the Spur and Bodacious. With a 108-mm waist width, it's wide enough to skim and surf all but the deepest powder, but it has hardpack-day game as well. It's metal-reinforced, for extra edge grip and high-speed stability, and while tip and tail rocker add to its soft-snow surfiness the Cochise has a section of camber underfoot, for still more edge grip as well as enhanced rebound energy. It's an experts-only ski, with a long sidecut radius (27 meters) that won't feel overly hooky at high speeds. 

It's part of Blizzard's highly successful Free Mountain Series, which includes its bull-themed models (each named for a famous rodeo bull). The series, which returns unchanged for 2017 (including graphic), comprises five men's models ranging in width from 125 mm (Spur) down to 88 mm (Brahma), with MSRPs ranging from $960 down to $780 (all are sold flat, without a binding). All are sturdy laminate constructions built on wood cores (including light, rugged bamboo with weight-saving foam stringers in the widest models, Spur and Bodacious). All are built with edgy, full-length/full-height vertical sidewalls. All are rockered in the tip in tail, for soft-snow flotation and easy-to-pivot steering; the widest models (Spur, Bodacious) are flat through the midsection, for maximum looseness in deep snow, while the narrower ones (Cochise, Bonafide and Brahma) have positive camber underfoot for enhanced edge grip and rebound energy on hardpack. Tapered tips (where the widest part of the ski is moved toward the binding) give all models an added measure of slashy surfiness in deep snow. All Freeride All Mountain skis are built with Blizzard's Flipcore construction method: The ski mold is built with rocker in it, and the wood core is flipped so that it fits the rockered mold (arched surface down; flat surface up). Blizzard says no extra pressure is needed tip and tail to bend the ski into a rockered shape, so there's no material-memory tendency to spring back to an unrockered shape, and pressure distribution is even along the ski's length. The newer Carbon Flipcore, in all models, has a layer of strong, light carbon-fiber reinforcement through the rocker area in the tip to save weight, increase stability, and reduce the tip-flap that plagues some rockered skis. 

Blizzard, founded in 1945, is based in Mittersill, Austria, about 15 minutes from Kitzbuehel. It's part of the Tecnica Group, which includes Tecnica and Nordica (also Rollerblade, Lowa, and Moon Boot). The Mittersill factory produces both Blizzard and Nordica skis, as well as some skis for other brands. -J.C.

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