2020-2021 Blizzard Cochise 106

Ski: 2020-2021 Blizzard Cochise 106, 185 cm

Available Lengths: 177, 185, 192 cm

Blister’s Measured Tip-to-Tail Length: 183.1 cm

Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 2232 & 2242 grams

Stated Dimensions: 136.5-106-124.5 mm

Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 136.7-106.1-123.2 mm

Stated Sidecut Radius (185 cm): 24 meters

Measured Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 59 mm / 19 mm

Measured Traditional Camber Underfoot: 3 mm

Core: poplar/beech/paulownia + titanal (2 layers) + carbon tips & tails + fiberglass laminate

Base: sintered

Factory Recommended Mount Point: -11.35 cm from center; 80.2 cm from tail

Jonathan Ellsworth reviews the Blizzard Cochise 106 for Blister
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Review Navigation:  Specs //  First Look //  Bottom Line //  Rocker Pics

Intro

As announced earlier this year, Blizzard is updating many of their all-mountain freeride skis. That includes one of the longest-standing skis currently in production, the Cochise.

For nearly a decade, the Cochise has not only been one of our reference points for all-mountain chargers, but also the go-to ski for a lot of hard-charging directional skiers. So, why did Blizzard change the ski, and what’s actually different?

What Blizzard says about the Cochise 106

“The brand new, redesigned Cochise 106 was made for the committed all-mountain skier who charges from top-to-bottom all day long and walks up to an empty tram line at 3pm for another round. Whether the conditions are chalk, chunder, blower, or cement, they’re able to ski hard all day, without making skiing hard. A freeride wood core combined with two sheets of metal, increased sidecut and reduced rocker profile allows you to be agile in tight turns and powerful when the slope steepens, opens up, and beckons. At 106-millimeters underfoot, this is an all-mountain charger that will allow you to do what you want, when you want.”

The big thing that Blizzard is claiming is that, while the Cochise 106 is still designed to be a stable, hard-charging ski, it’s supposed to be a bit more accessible and easier to ski than the most recent iteration of the Cochise.

Shape / Rocker Profile

The changes here are extremely subtle.

The 15/16–19/20 Cochise has stated dimensions of 136-108-122 mm for the 185 cm length, while the 20/21 Cochise 106’s stated dimensions are 136.5-106-124.5 mm. As we’ll touch on later, that combination of a 2mm-narrower waist and slightly wider tip and tail widths makes for a slightly shorter sidecut radius. Other than that, the shape of the new Cochise 106 looks almost identical to the previous Cochise. If anything, the Cochise 106’s tips are a tiny, tiny bit less tapered than the previous Cochise, but still not as minimally tapered as the 14/15 Cochise. Compared to most ~106mm-wide skis these days, though, the new Cochise 106 is not super tapered.

The Cochise 106’s rocker profile looks basically identical to the most recent Cochise, with the Cochise 106 having slightly shallower rocker lines. But that difference is, again, very subtle. The Cochise 106 still has fairly deep rocker lines, but its rocker lines are still very low-slung with minimal rise until the ends of the ski. I.e., as soon as you tip it over on edge at all, we suspect you’ll engage most of the rockered portions.

Flex Pattern

Here’s how we’d characterize the flex pattern of the Cochise 106:

Tips: 8-7.5
Shovels: 8-9
In Front of Toe Piece: 9.5-10
Underfoot: 10
Behind the Heel Piece: 10-9
Tails: 8-9

The Cochise 106 is still a very strong ski, and its flex pattern is remarkably similar to the previous iterations of the Cochise.

Hand-flexing them back to back, it’s difficult to discern a difference between the Cochise 106 and most recent Cochise (15/16–19/20). Compared to our pair of the 14/15 Cochise, the new Cochise 106 feels maybe a touch stronger behind the heel piece and maybe a touch softer in the shovel.

All in all, though, the Cochise 106 is still definitely on the stiffer end of the spectrum — it’s far from soft.

Sidecut Radius

This is one of the bigger changes for the new Cochise 106 — its radius has shortened.

In the 185 cm lengths, the old Cochise had a 27-meter radius (or 28, depending on which year you asked Blizzard…) while the new 185 cm Cochise 106’s radius is listed as 24 meters.

While we don’t normally put too much stock into stated sidecut radii numbers, this difference is noteworthy. In part, because it’s one of the only noticeable differences on paper, and in part because 27 meters is quite long compared to the current market, while 24 meters is less extreme.

Mount Point

No real change here — the Cochise 106 still has a very traditional mount point of a little more than 11 cm behind true center. That’s right in line with the previous iterations of the Cochise.

Weight

This is one of the other few areas where there is a notable difference. The Cochise has always been a heavy ski, and often one of the heaviest skis in its class. Our pair of the new 185 cm Cochise 106 is coming in at an average weight of 2237 grams per ski. That’s still quite heavy, but it’s around 100 to 150 grams lighter per ski than past iterations of the Cochise, so we suspect this could be one of the main ways that Blizzard is making the new Cochise 106 more accessible.

1755 & 1792 Line Sick Day 104, 179 cm (17/18–20/21)
1787 & 1793 Fauna Pioneer, 184 cm (19/20–20/21)
1806 & 1862 Armada Tracer 108, 180 cm (19/20–20/21)
1848 & 1903 Line Sick Day 104, 186 cm (17/18–20/21)
1849 & 1922 Elan Ripstick 106, 188 cm (17/18–19/20)
1883 & 1898 Rossignol BLACKOPS Sender, 178 cm (20/21)
1996 & 2012 Dynastar Legend X106, 188 cm (17/18–19/20)
1999 & 2020 Rossignol BLACKOPS Sender Ti, 180 cm (20/21)
2005 & 2035 Liberty Origin 106, 187 cm (19/20–20/21)
2006 & 2065 Head Kore 105, 189 cm (19/20–20/21)
2011 & 2028 Moment Wildcat 108, 184 cm (19/20)
2027 & 2052 K2 Reckoner 112, 184 cm (20/21)
2030 & 2039 Rossignol Soul 7 HD, 188 cm (17/18–19/20)
2042 & 2062 Dynastar M-Pro 99, 186 cm (20/21)
2079 & 2105 Kastle FX106 HP, 184 cm (19/20–20/21)
2097 & 2113 DPS Alchemist Wailer 106 C2, 189 cm (19/20–20/21)
2101 & 2104 Fischer Ranger 102 FR, 184 cm (18/19–20/21)
2110 & 2119 Moment Wildcat 108, 190 cm (19/20)
2112 & 2125 4FRNT MSP 107, 187 cm (18/19–20/21)
2120 & 2134 Blizzard Rustler 10, 188 cm (19/20–20/21)
2143 & 2194 ON3P Wrenegade 108, 184 cm (18/19–19/20)
2153 & 2184 Rossignol BLACKOPS Sender Ti, 187 cm (20/21)
2165 & 2211 K2 Mindbender 108Ti, 186 cm (19/20–20/21)
2165 & 2219 Icelantic Nomad 105, 191 cm (19/20–20/21)
2170 & 2180 Dynastar M-Free 108, 182 cm (20/21)
2177 & 2180 Moment Commander 108, 188 cm (19/20)
2182 & 2218 Nordica Enforcer 110 Free, 185 cm (17/18–20/21)
2188 & 2190 Prior Northwest 110, 190 cm (19/20–20/21)
2190 & 2268 Armada ARV 106Ti LTD, 188 cm (18/19–19/20)
2202 & 2209 Shaggy’s Ahmeek 105, 186 cm (19/20)
2218 & 2244 Volkl Mantra 102, 184 cm (19/20–20/21)
2232 & 2242 Blizzard Cochise 106, 185 cm (20/21)
2232 & 2244 ON3P Woodsman 108, 187 cm (19/20)
2233 & 2255 Nordica Enforcer 104 Free, 186 cm (19/20–20/21)
2250 & 2307 Argent Badger, 184 cm (19/20)
2283 & 2290 ON3P Wrenegade 108, 189 cm (18/19–19/20)
2312 & 2386 Prior Husume, 188 cm (17/18–20/21)
2318 & 2341 J Skis The Metal, 186 cm (16/17–19/20)
2321 & 2335 Fischer Ranger 107 Ti, 189 cm (19/20–20/21)
2325 & 2352 Folsom Blister Pro 104, 186 cm (19/20)
2339 & 2349 Blizzard Cochise, 185 cm (14/15)
2376 & 2393 Blizzard Cochise, 185 cm (15/16–19/20)

Some Questions / Things We’re Curious About

(1) The big one: just how similar or different does the Cochise 106 feel compared to the most recent Cochise, and the older versions?

(2) Given its shorter radius and lighter weight, is the Cochise 106 still going to offer a very damp and stable ride at high speeds in variable snow?

(3) Just how much easier did the Cochise get? Will it have much broader appeal than the previous iterations?

Bottom Line (For Now)

With the new Cochise 106, Blizzard doesn’t seem to have strayed super far from the most recent iteration, but there are some notable changes, namely weight & sidecut, that have the potential to make it easier to ski. Blister Members can check out our Flash Review for our initial impressions, and we’ll also be updating that Flash Review soon once we’ve spent a bit more time on the Cochise 106 at Crested Butte. In the meantime, stay tuned…

Flash Review

Blister Members can now check out our Flash Review of the Cochise 106 for our initial impressions. Become a Blister member now to check out this and all of our Flash Reviews, plus get exclusive deals and discounts on skis, and personalized gear recommendations from us.

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3 comments on “2020-2021 Blizzard Cochise 106”

  1. I am really hoping the new Cochise is more accessible then previous iterations. I believe it would make a fine one-ski quiver but the earlier versions have all needed some speed (and some room) to start feeling good.

  2. I have a 14/15 model version, 185cm/28mt radius, strong than ever, yes needs some speed, but if you design well your trajectory you can pivot short radius contour with great fun: I am 185cm tall and 90kg weight.

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