I want to know your personal experiences with a flat (or fully rockered) underfooot ski with a ski compared to camber. Specifically I am very attracted to the Blizzard Cochise (177 or 185) but the flat profile may turn me away. Im putting my first pair of AT bindings on these skiis. This season i'll be mostly skinning the resort and sidecountry. Considering the cochise (flat) versus the Rossi Soul7 or Blizzard Scout.
A brief profile:
-25 yr old male. 5'8'', 160#. Moderate shape.
-Live in Crested Butte, CO and ski everyday (13 out of 14). Skied Copper last season (twas my first year in CO)
-Relatively aggressive. "When in doubt - point it out"
-Generally I prefer a lighter, no metal ski. This is an additional concern of the Cochise.
Priorities in ski performance:
1) Performance on bad days/crust (crusty drifts, hard moguls, patches of ice, variable snow)
2) Stability/reaction at speed (through crust, ice, or well-groomed)
3) Quick ski reactions (eg. lighter ski) in trees/moguls and specifically when there hasnt been snow in a week++
4) Pop! This is my main concern of the cochise. Will I notice a significant loss of altitude with a flat ski?! I love popping and getting air. Sometimes it's crucial. I like a playful ski but as you can tell by my previous priorities I also want a crud ski. Yes, contradictions!
5) Rebound. Similar concerns as "Pop!". When I ski I like to bounce out of my turns, especially on steeps. I imagine it's the camber that helps me rebound out of my turns... so worried about Cochise.
The Cochise (flat) seems to favor my main priorities which is crud/offdays.
However, I am thinking camber and lighter ski (Soul 7?) would improve my other considerations (pop and rebound).
For those who have skied a flat ski (preferably the Cochise): Can the flat ski still bounce out of turns and gain altitude with popping? Is the Cochise agile enough for me to go with a crud buster?
Looking forward to your thoughts!!