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Looking for a narrower Cochise

post #1 of 13
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So after reading the Cochise A$$ Kicking thread I did something I swore I wouldn't do. Fear got the better of me.  I had purchased the Cochise foe WC trips and didn't plan on using them much here on the EC.

 

Anyway, on a typical Blue Mt, Pa day of frozen and refrozen crap, I took my Cochises out for what was going to be a test run or two. I ended up skiing the next 4 hours on these and had a blast. Actually the most fun I've had on skis this season.

 

So now, I think my quiver must change again.  I want the feeling of the Cochise, but not the width for around here.  I'm not likely to replace my MX78's, so something in between would be preferable.  Would the Bushwhacker be too soft?  Not enough info on the Brahma yet, but it seems like it might be the ticket.. Not sure about the Magnum series,

post #2 of 13

the Brahma or the Bonafide have the same 'feel', with more sidecut and camber and a bit less rocker and taper. The Nordica Enforcer also has the same core feel with a more 'traditional' shape.

 

 

Dear God: Please let Blizzard's 2014 Brahma add campaign read-

 

Can you smell what Blizzard is cooking?

post #3 of 13

sounds like the perfect 8.5ti candidate to me!  

post #4 of 13
I've been wondering how the Brahma compares to the 8.5 myself.
post #5 of 13

The original post went in a completely different direction than I was expecting.  Anyway, as someone who skis and loves the Cochise I'm also looking to upgrade the narrower end of my quiver at some point.  Hoping to get some time on the Brahma soon so I'll let you know.

 

I wouldn't expect to find the same pivoty flat / rockered feel as the Cochise on something narrower (which will definitely have camber), but more so I'd look for what other people who like the same ski also like.

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Originally Posted by Finndog View Post

sounds like the perfect 8.5ti candidate to me!  

Not sure if they are too close to the MX78's. 

post #7 of 13

The 8.5ti is a 'versatile carving' ski, the Brahma is more 'narrow freeride' ski, much more in character with the Cochise and Bonafide.

post #8 of 13

Let me ask this:  why do you like the Cochise at blue? Then lets take a look at the 8.5 and Brahma.

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Let me ask this:  why do you like the Cochise at blue? Then lets take a look at the 8.5 and Brahma.

Hey, could just be because Blue gets boring. Some new-ski-itis?  I liked just blasting thru the changing conditions without any fear.  From golf ball sized chunks of ice to soft bumps (of manmade) the ski just goes.  No speed limit could be addicting, but kinda scary back here.

post #10 of 13

Today I skied the Cochise and the Brahma back to back - and I would not group them together.  The former is a charger, the latter is more playful and nimble.  Not that the same skier couldn't own and love both skis, but they have different personalities.

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Today I skied the Cochise and the Brahma back to back - and I would not group them together.  The former is a charger, the latter is more playful and nimble.  Not that the same skier couldn't own and love both skis, but they have different personalities.

Thanks fo the info. Not sure that helps. Finding demos within a day trip of NJ is tough.  I don't know of any area that demos Blizzard at all, so I tend to go off reviews and take my chances.

post #12 of 13

I still think the 8.5ti is a better choice but I wouldn't dismiss the 8.0ti as well if you are looking to go mach looney chicken (well as fast as you can go at blue). There are so many ski's that would be fine for skiing there.  One thing about blue is their dismall snow making. They blow a granular, high moisture pellet that creates a "rotten snow" effect. because its highly faceted, it doesn't bond well and ends up a loose ball bearing like mess or if it melts, it clumps up and gets tilded into chicken heads.

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 One thing about blue is their dismall snow making. They blow a granular, high moisture pellet that creates a "rotten snow" effect. because its highly faceted, it doesn't bond well and ends up a loose ball bearing like mess or if it melts, it clumps up and gets tilded into chicken heads.

Isn't that the attraction of Blue? I think I read that in their travel brochure.  For my short mid week trips I get to choose from Blue, Camelback or Mountain Creek.  Seriously, is there a right choice?

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