Dimensions (mm): 135-108-123
Turn Radius: 28.5 meters
Actual Tip-to-Tail Length (straight tape pull): 184.2cm
Weight Per Ski: 2,250 g / 4.9 lbs.
Boots / Bindings: Lange RX 130s / Marker Jester / (DIN at 10)
Mount Location: Factory Recommended
Test Location: Taos Ski Valley
Days Skied: 5
(Editor’s Note: Our review was conducted on the 11/12 Cochise, which is unchanged for 12/13, except for the graphics.)
Some ski are easy to write about, and some aren’t.
Recently, I reviewed the Line Influence 115, and that was an example of a really straightforward ski to review; the strengths of the 115 are obvious, and it is really simple to identify the sort of skier who would (or wouldn’t) be stoked on it.
Then there’s the Blizzard Cochise.
When it’s all said and done, I really like this ski and think that a lot of other people will, too. But the story of the Cochise is a little complicated, and the first complicating factor is this business of Blizzard’s “Flip Core” technology.
On the face of it, Flip Core seems like the simplest thing in the world to understand. Here’s Blizzard’s own explanation:
Flip Core is “a new production process where the cambered wood core is literally flipped upside down to match the desired camber of a rockered ski. The ski is then pressed in a non-forced, natural way, which allows the rocker (reverse-cambered) shape to be produced without having to bend or artificially shape the ski in a press.”
The longer we’ve thought about it, the less obvious it’s become, and we’re now a bit fixated with Flip Core. Mostly, we’re just trying to understand exactly what the hell it is, and why the hell it allegedly makes a significant difference.
Originally, I was going to hash out some of this in a brief little section in this Cochise review.
But we are way beyond that now. (As in, ‘thousands-of-words-beyond-that’ now.) So instead, I’m not going to mention Flip Core again in this review, and we are going to be posting soon an article dedicated to this whole Flip Core business.
Ok, let’s get back to talking about the Cochise….
What surprised me about the Blizzard Cochise on my first day on it at Taos was that this is a very manageable, undemanding ski.
I was assuming that the Cochise would be a burly ski that really required you to stay on top of it, or else you would get into trouble and get taken for a ride. But not so much. At least for advanced / expert skiers, it’s an easy, maneuverable ski that has a large sweet spot.
Welcome to the future.
The Black Diamond AMPerage enters a crowded field of very good, fun-shape skis. The field better be paying attention.
The BD AMPerage gets even more love. (Maybe except for that tail....)