Ski: 2013-2014 Blizzard Cochise, 193cm
Dimensions (mm): 135-108-123
Actual Tip-To-Tail Length (straight tape pull): 191.2cm
BLISTER’s Measured Weight Per Ski (grams): 2,527 & 2,543
Sidecut Radius: 30 meters
Boots / Bindings: Atomic Redster Pro 130 / Marker Jester (DIN 10)
Mount Location: +1
Days Skied: 4
[Editor’s Note: Our review was conducted on the 12/13 Cochise, which remains unchanged for 13/14, except for the graphics.]
Preface & Caveats
In my review of the 185 Cochise, I am on record saying that I wouldn’t need to size up on this ski. So given that, some of my findings here aren’t going to be a surprise.
In short, the 193 Cochise is more ski than I need.
And the truth is, this ski has kicked my ass in some situations.
(This is where you say something snarky like, “No kidding, genius. What did you expect? If the 185 felt perfect, did you think the 193 would feel…more perfect???)
(And this is where I would attempt some sweet comeback like, “Whatever. You look funny in those goggles.”)
But we’ve been very curious to check out this ski, mostly because we were so impressed with how manageable the 185cm Cochise is given how hard you can push it.
But for bigger guys, what about the 193 Cochise? Proportionally speaking, is the 193 Cochise the same story as the 185, a relatively easy charger? We needed to know, especially since I’ve lost count of how many times we’ve encouraged bigger guys to check out the 193 if they were looking for a ski that could charge but that would still not be seriously demanding.
So this review may say a whole lot more about all 185 pounds of me, and less about the 193 Cochise. But hopefully you can still draw some useful conclusions, and I really hope that some of you who’ve been skiing the 193 will post up your two cents in the Comments section below.
Plus, immediately following my review, Will Brown will weigh in with his own impressions of the 193 Cochise.
Smooth Groomers / Slightly Bumped-Up Hardpack
Most important thing to say here: on groomers, the 193 Cochise will make your home mountain seem a lot smaller. These things absolutely haul.
These skis run very fast, and I needed a lot of speed to really get them up on edge. And then, once I was up on edge, I could go crazy, crazy fast. On long, steep groomers, I was definitely beginning to scare myself a little at the speed, but not because the ski couldn’t handle it. The Cochise shines at speed, and in this regard the 193 didn’t feel too dissimilar to the 191 Volkl Katana, though the shovels of the 191 Katana feel a bit stiffer.
No real surprise here, but I found that the 193 Cochise wants a lot more speed than the 185 Cochise, unless you are okay with sliding on your bases. The 193 Cochise can do that very well, but, really, the 193 feels like it was born to run.
I started skiing the 193 Cochise on the recommended line, and I immediately felt that I wanted to be more forward on the ski. It just felt like I had a whole lot of shovel out in front of me that I wanted to quiet down and get on top of. Bigger guys might feel different and be fine on the line, but I wanted to get forward.
My other impression was that, while I felt like I had more shovel than I wanted, if I was going to stay at the recommended line, I’d prefer to have a bit more stiffness through the shovels. To me at least, the 193s didn’t feel noticeably stiffer through the shovels than the 185 Cochise, just longer. And so in that regard—when mounted on the line—I personally haven’t felt like I can charge harder through big, variable terrain on the 193 Cochise than the 185. (Again, your experience may vary, so please weigh in below if it has.)
While the shovels of the 193 didn’t strike me as stiffer than the 185, the tails did strike me as stiffer. As you’ll read, Will Brown didn’t have this same sense, but I felt the shovels to be a bit soft, and the tails to be stiff. On the 185 Cochise, the overall flex pattern felt a little more balanced to me—the shovels didn’t feel like beasts, but there was nothing about the tail that seemed punishing. When I’d get off my game on the 193 Cochise, however, those tails would let me know.