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Cochise vs. SR. Francis Bacon

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 

Anyone try both?  Considering one or the other.  Thanks

 

 

post #2 of 8

Very, very different skis.  The SFB is softer and more playful with a much more centered mount, shorter turn radius and somewhat lower speed limit and the Cochise is stiffer (but not really stiff) with a more traditional mount, damper/more solid feeling and a longer turn radius.  The SFB is more forgiving than the Cochise for intermediate/advanced skill levels, but I'd say (though this might controversial) conversely less forgiving than the Cochise for expert skill levels (i.e., because of the softer flex and center mount of the SFB, it requires better technique to ski at high speed in variable conditions).

post #3 of 8

I would definitely go for the SFB's. They are more playful and can shred the whole mountain.

post #4 of 8

Having seen your reviews here: http://www.epicski.com/t/102157/2012-blizzard-bonafide/420#post_1448776

 

and given that you say you want something with more stability than your Watea 94's, this is a no brainer.  If you're being honest with yourself about what you like/want, you'd be much happier on the Cochise.  And epkdadoo is right, very different skis.

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You're right Jao, the Cochise is probably my next one ski.   I was very interested in the SFB after talking to guy that skied them and loved them on groomers etc- thinking these might be livelier but hold well  on groomers like the Prophet 105s .  I feel like Dawgcatching about the 105s (in his reviews).  There's just something much more exhilarating about the Blizzards.  Felt more balanced and comfortable yet stimulating on the Cochise vs. the Bonefides.  The Bones were like Wow , but maybe a bit too much grip and hooky (or locked in) at times for my liking.

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Originally Posted by Mehama View Post

You're right Jao, the Cochise is probably my next one ski.   I was very interested in the SFB after talking to guy that skied them and loved them on groomers etc- thinking these might be livelier but hold well  on groomers like the Prophet 105s .  I feel like Dawgcatching about the 105s (in his reviews).  There's just something much more exhilarating about the Blizzards.  Felt more balanced and comfortable yet stimulating on the Cochise vs. the Bonefides.  The Bones were like Wow , but maybe a bit too much grip and hooky (or locked in) at times for my liking.


FWIW, I also love the SFB on groomers other than at mach looney speeds and/or in icy conditions.

post #7 of 8
Thread Starter 

I've also been reading about the Elan Olympus Mons and tried the Line 105 Influence (stable, damp, predictable but just a little drab and unexciting in a way).  How would the SFB compare to these?  

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I've also been reading about the Elan Olympus Mons. 

Can personally recommend this one as unusually versatile, moderate flex, light, smooth. Good travel ski. Not a lot of pop if you like energy. Have not skied the others, so no direct comparo. Dawgcatching has a thread that compares Cochise to Olympus. SFB reviews are harder to come by, might try TGR. 
 

 

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