Thought I'd move these over here:
Some nice summaries.
Brief hijack here to talk about the Cochise and the Bone.........
Both of these skis are ideally suited for Western and especially Tahoe conditions when viewed through the OSQ lens. Neither is as stiff or heavy as people who haven't skied them seem to think they are, yet both are more nimble than one would expect given the metal layers and the rep for stability. IMO, in the 98mm range, the Bone pretty much stands alone. The Cochise is also right there at the top of the heap in its class but it gets some serious competition from the new LP 105. The choice between the Cochise and Bone comes down to preferences and priorities. For a skier with another ski on the wide side, or the skier who can't dart out the door every time it snows, the Bone probably gets the nod for most folks. Paired with possibly a DPS 112 RP, that would be about as good as it gets. OTH for the Tahoe OSQ, the Cochise may well be the choice assuming the skier is good enough to ski a big ski all the time. (Cochise would be a great replacement for an old Gotama for example)
Contrary to popular opinion........powder skiing ain't all that difficult and 98-108mm serves quite well when other conditions are also considered.
But, Sierra you're wrong. "The whole idea is so new, so fresh, and so cool that you just don't get it." Your powder gangster credentials are questioned.
The truth for your customers: http://www.xtranormal.com/watch/5987841/truth-about-powder-skis
Something important I discovered with the Cochise is even though it is only 108 underfoot it floats like a bigger ski. I think the flipcore layup means the ski (and tips especially) isn't bouncing and rebounding around at the end of the turn which typically leads to sinking in powder. That porpoising effect is gone so you ride higher in the snow despite a narrower width. I swiped these pics from Snowbirds photo sales site. This is my demo on the Cochise on Tuesday - check out how high I'm riding in the snow on the 185.
Yeah, how much higher do you want to be in the snow? (ok...i took the highest point...)