Big Bumps / Steep Trees
The 185 Cochise could slice and dice, yet still charge. That’s why we’ve talked about that ski so much. The 193 Cochise has felt like a good bit more work for me in tight spaces and in big bumps, where the 185 felt just about perfect in those spaces. Even after mounting the 193 at +1, this ski could get away from me in ways that the 185 wouldn’t. I got worked on some bump sections off Collins, and I had to slow things down more than I would have needed to on the 185 to stay in control.
Again, a heavier skier might have a different experience, so perhaps this is all just a cautionary tale about sizing up on the Cochise if you are on the fence.
Pow: Advantage, 193
Unsurprisingly, the sheer surface area of the 193 means that it will float better in pow than the 185, and I found the 193 Cochise to feel very at home at Alta in 1 to 2 feet of untracked pow and soft chop.
So if you’re about my size and are planning to break out the Cochise just on bigger days, then the 193 could make a lot of sense over the 185. But I still wouldn’t necessarily size up primarily for the sake of enhanced performance raging through chop.
For me, the 193 Cochise felt like a lot of ski. It didn’t merely feel like a slightly burlier Cochise, it felt like a lot more Cochise. In sum:
If you and I were going to go ski deep pow, I would choose the 193 over the 185.
If you and I were going to go ski deep pow, then go ski soft chop the next day, I wouldn’t mind grabbing the 193 at all.
But if we were going to ski deep pow, then go ski chop the next day, then go ski tight trees the next day, then go ski some big, bumped-up, brutal chop the day after that, I would grab the 185, and grab it quickly.
NEXT: Will Brown’s Impressions of the 193 Cochise