I have a really solid quiver:
2012 Kastle MX78 in 178
2012 Kastle LX82 in 172
2013 Kastle FX94 in 176
2013 Blizzard Cochise in 177
2013 Line Sir Francis Bacon in 184
2012 Line Mr Pollard's Opus in 178
I probably don't need all these but I love gear. I use the MX and LX in Michigan. And the rest I use on my trips out west. I went to Snowbird/Alta in early February and skied my FX94's all 4 days and had a great time on these ski's but demoed the Cochise for a few hours on that trip. I had so much fun on the Cochise when I got home I found a brand new pair and had them mounted with brand new Griffon's. I got a killer deal on the set, under $600. So me and my buddy took another trip out to Utah from March 26-31. I skied the Cochise 2 of the 5 days and have to say I had more fun on these ski's than my the Opus and FX94 which I also brought. If I would have known I was going to have that much fun I would have only brought the Cochise. The day I skied Alta I skied on my Opus. The Baldy Main Chute was open that day so we did the hike and skied it. However In hindsight I wish I would have had my Cochise because I think it would have been the proper ski for that day and especially the Main Chute.
I now know that the Opus will only be pulled out on days of over a foot of snow. The Cochise and FX94 will be used on all other days. The SFB and Opus are very similar and I really don't need both but my lust for gear got the best of me this winter. What I really like about the Cochise is that it has no speed limit but still is an extremely manageable ski that still holds a huge fun factor for me. To be honest I think that the stability adds to the fun factor. I had to change my style a tad to more of a pivot and smear turn instead of jumping turns. I have always wanted to have more of a fluid style when making turns on steeps. I have always been more of a jump turner but the Cochise gave me the confidence to make more pivoty and fluid turns. That style is much more proficient and saves a lot of energy and doesn't wreck as much havoc on the knees.
Another thing that the Cochise does is it really holds an edge well on the hard pack. I wasn't expecting that because it is the first full rockered ski I have ever owned. I can't tell you how happy I am that I bought these skis. I was actually worried after buying them even though I demoed them because early in the season I bought a pair of Bonafides and hated them. They seemed way to stiff and lifeless. I skied the Bones a few days in Northern Michigan and just didn't gel with them. They didn't seem to respond the way I wanted them too. Not sure if it is because the Bones are 180's and the Cochise are 177's. Or maybe because the Cochise is a full rockered ski it makes them ski smaller. The positive thing about the Bones was I sold them for the same price as I bought them new for. Supply and demand is a great thing.
Whatever the reason I am sold on the Cochise and know it will become my go to ski in every condition save a foot or deeper. It will be hard though sometimes to choose between the Cochise and FX94 because I really do enjoy both. However I do like the way the Cochise instills confidence in me to make more pivoty turns on the steeps and the FX I do more of a jump turn. Thinking of selling the SFB since it seems like to much overlap with the Opus. Just thought I'd share my enthusiasm of the Cochise here.