stats about me
30 years old
skier Level 9+
skier type fast. aggressive, but very very precise. I am a finesse ski with tons of power to back it up
173cm Kastle Mx83
177cm Nordica Soul Rider
185cm Blizzard Cochise
185cm Nordica Patron
186m Rossi Sickle
192cm Rossi WC GS ski
195cm PM Gear Super Bro
185cm El Capo 137-107-125 25 meter sidecut mounted with Griffon demo tested on the line and Plus 1, tune was 1/2 I would have prefered 1/3 but it did not seem to matter even on hard snow.
I tested these in 185cm at Alta on spring day with everything from groomed hardpack that quickly soften, to good corn a couple inch think, to hardpack/cruddy off piste, to bumps, to deeper over done corn that was not quite sticky.
Upon first skate the first thing you notice is just how light this is compared to the Cochise and I started thinking man maybe this thing is going to get rocked in chopped up snow. Upon pointing in some GS turns down off the high T and just letting it flow though chopped, crud and bumps at a high speed that idea was blown out the window. This ski flat out charges in fact for me it may actually charge harder than the Cochise. Yet it feel light, forgiving down right easy to ski in a 185.
The next couple groomer runs this thing just was point and chute despite growing amounts of crud and loose slush it was just dissappearing. the tip is easier to drive into than the Cochise and the tail is far more supportive than the Cochise or Patron(duh) the most surprising thing about this ski though is just how easy it is and do not mistake that for soft or not going to charge. I could do short swing turns on it and then jsut go in to full on edge locked GS turns and it seriously never missed a beat. The cochise by comparision can be a bear in short turns unless there is a ton of soft snow around. The couple time on refrozen hard pack the ski had great edge hold better than the Cochise due it camber underfoot and tighter sidecut.
In bump despite the fact that you could point it straight and pretty much not ski any bumps, if you want doing short turns down the fall line was easy peasy. I look at bump performance as the ski maker not screwing up and making something "wrong" on ski because bump performance comes down to the skier. This ski is still easier than the cochise.
Next up was deep think corn/slush. I have to be honest this ski did just ok in this condition, I am use to my patrons and it deep heavy snow its turns out there is no replacement for displacement. This is the one conditions were the line was vastly better than +1. at the line the ski was at least balanced IE the tail or tip did not float anymore than the other at +1 it was difficult to ski as the tip wanted to dive. the cochise is slightly better here.
no powder to test but judging by the deep corn performance the ski was balanced but not very floaty, I expected it to be passable but not as fun as a bigger ski like the patron.
so basically this thing for me is like a cochise crossed with a soul rider, it feels as light and as playful as the soul rider with a charging ability that the soul rider wishes it had. Or to put another way this ski is a cochise with out feeling like a bear while skiing it. The sidecut feels perfect for all around charging at snowbird/alta. I will probably end up owning this ski next year as I see it way more useable at stowe than the cochise with out really giving up any stabilty or crud busting abilty. My only grip is I was wishing it was better at deeper corn snow, if it was I would have bought the demos at alta for 300 bucks in a heart beat.