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I can comment on the Cochise but not the PB&J. The Cochise does not like backseat skiing and while it won't kill you, it will let you know that is not where you should be with a short fast ride in whatever direction you are pointed. Edge hold is amazing. Drive them as hard as you want. They slarve very nicely if they are retuned (specific tune details are on another thread by Wasatchback in Epic Forums somewhere) but they will be a challenge for you to really rip bumps at your weight on the 185. They are heavy suckers and would not be much fun at all for jump turns. That's not to say they don't turn quickly in tight, steep chutes. The early rise lets you just twist your lower legs and feet 175 degrees without having to really jump them around. It took me a while to figure this out but it works well.
Yesterday I posted some end of season comment .
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The Cochise is probably not a perfect match for you but it's hard to say without a demo. Depending on your skill level, your weight on the 185 might be an issue but you never know. My wife is only 105 lbs and loves her 175 Cochises but she is a 99th percentile skier
Skill level is pretty good. No race/technical background but I can ski everything inbounds at Mammoth with some speed. I think I remember Tony Crocker telling me I'd probably be in the top 5-10% of Epicski members. I'm also only 21, so I'm getting better and stronger.
When you say I won't be able to rip bumps, does that mean they'll be a ton of work, or that I'll just have to take a slower, slarvey approach to them. If it's the slarvey approach, that's fine since I don't search out bumps and generally ski them to get to the nice, smooth runout below.
Soft bumps are very doable because you can slarve, skid over and around them. No energy required and steeper is better. Pure hard icy bumps might be more of a chore because you would want to weight and unweight dynamically to make the grippy heavish skis pivot which takes a lot energy (for me at least). The weight and width just means you won't be pounding down a zipper line in a blur of kneecaps. I was skiing Mt Baker in mid January with 15" blower (unreal for Baker) on top of ice. The bumps on Honkers were interesting because they were soft and fluffy on top but boilerplate on the faces. The Cochise was perfect there because I could easily pivot turn on the fluffy topside and use the great edges to brake on the hard faces. In summary they are fine on regular western bumps if you need to get somewhere but not the first choice for bump fans.