Ski: 2016-2017 Blizzard Cochise
Stated Dimensions (mm): 136-108-122
Sated Sidecut Radius (185cm length): 27.0 meters
Available Lengths (cm): 171, 178, 185, 192[Editor’s Note: we conducted our review on the 15/16 Cochise, which was not changed for 16/17]
The Cochise is one of the skis we’ve talked about most in the past couple of years, and it got a very interesting update for 2015-2016.
In short, Blizzard has “Spur-ed” the Cochise, the Bodacious, and the Bonafide.
What that means is:
(1) Carbon fiber has been integrated into the rockered portions of the tips and tails of these skis.
(2) The Cochise has a new tapered tip shape, the 118mm-underfoot Bodacious has even more tip taper, and the 98mm-wide Bonafide has less tip taper than either the Cochise, Bodacious, or Spur (not shown below).
In other words, the wider the ski, the more tip taper you’ll find in Blizzard’s Freeride line. (The narrower, 88mm-wide Brahma and the 78mm-wide LatiGo come back next year with the same shapes.
The other notable thing is that the Cochise is still a relatively heavy ski, something that I’m psyched about. Its flex pattern feels similar through the tails as the 14/15 Cochise, and the new Cochise is at least as stiff through the shovels—and maybe a bit stiffer—than the 14/15 Cochise.
I take all of this as a good sign: keep some weight, keep a fairly stout flex, but add a touch of tip taper.
(And as you’ll see in the pics below, the Cochise’s tails have also been twinned up a bit, too.)
In short, we expect that the latest iteration of the Cochise is going to ski well, and will likely still be that ‘forgiving charger’ that we’ve come to really appreciate. But those tapered tips ought to make the skis feel a bit quicker—maybe even playful?
Continue on to the next page to read our initial review of the Cochise.
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