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Blizzard Cochise

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Dimensions:

Length (cm): 170, 177, 185, 193
Sidecut (mm): 135-108-123
Radius @185cm (m): 28.5


Characteristics:

Terrain: 30% piste - 70% off-piste
Discipline: freeride
Skier level: experts
Stability: very good
Floatation: good
Profile: full rocker with 2mm camber

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Freeride ski Blizzard Cochise 2018

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Heyman's review: Advanced freeride skier

Advanced level freeride skier
Heyman's rating of this ski:

3 stars


Considering his skiers profile:

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Reviewer Heyman

"What I look for in my ultimate freeride ski is plenty of float, maneuverability and playfulness. And you should be able to lay some trenches on the slopes as well. Weight reduction is all important for easy turning in difficult circumstances."

 SkillsLevel 13
 FitnessLevel 7
 SpeedLevel 12
 Length:178 cm
 Weight:85 kg

 


My favourite freeride skis:

1. Liberty Double Helix
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2. DPS Wailer 112 RP2 Pure3
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3. Line Mr. Pollard's Opus
Freeride ski Line Mr. Pollard's Opus

 

To all my reviews

 

Tough freeride ski for experts only


The Blizzard Cochise is not an easy ski. The tip rocker and the reasonably flat tail deliver a lot of float in deep powder, but it makes the ski difficult to turn. The flat tail also gives a lot of stability to the ski. That's why you can race through crud and chopped up snow. And on the groomed slopes the Cochise performs very well for a freeride ski despite its whopping radius of 28.5 meters. Put the skis on their edges, use a lot of power and the Cochise will make some nice big carving turns.

Serious work

The Blizzard Cochise is a serious ski for serious work. Personally I prefer more playful and agile freeride skis that turn and float easily. Therefore the Cochise only get a 3 star rating. So what kind of skier might give this ski a 5 star rating? That must be only expert freeride skiers that are in search of excellent stability and control. And that's exactly what the Cochise delivers.

Blizzard about the Cochise

"Blizzard is waging a war against floppy skis, and the Cochise is leading the charge with Carbon Flipcore as its main weapon. With a new shape featuring a slight taper in the tip and tail you can knife GS turns, burrow into powder, and throw them sideways to slough speed—the Cochise responds in all conditions and handles all turn shapes. At 108 underfoot with a rocker-camber-rocker design, The Cochise does everything from floating in soft snow, crushing crud, lacing chalk to ripping groomers.", says Blizzard.

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