Pros: Likes it steep
Cons: Heavy at slower speeds. Add some camber, the ski would be more versatile.
As from last year....Arnie was right, Flipcore works, Period. How could such a simple idea be so effective in redefining how a ski is made? Amazing. At 108mm underfoot,flat underfoot with early rise is the tip and tail makes the sweetspot very well the largest in this segment. If you have a tendency to get thrown around in heavy crud and muck conditions, the Cochise needs to on your short list of skis.
After spending more time on the Coshise, one of the characteristics that I discovered of the Cochise is that the ski likes steeps. The steeper, the better the ski performs. The Coshise is much more of a charging ski than a finesse ski, it wants to be going big and going fast. The Cochise seeks out one thing...gravity. If this ski only had some camber underfoot, I think it would be a bit more playful without loosing what we like about it.
Environment & Conditions:
Location of Test: Squaw
Number of Runs: 3
Snow Conditions: Mixed
Demo or Own: Demo
Height/Weight: 5'10" 185lb
Ski Days/Season: 60+
Years Skiing: 35
Aggressiveness: Moderate (Finesse)
Current Quiver: 13 Blizzard Bonafide, 13 Blizzard Gunsmoke, plus various vintage skis
Home Area: Squaw & Northstar
Preferred Terrain: bumps, off-piste, trees