[Editor’s Note: Recently, we received a comment from a reader named George, asking why BLISTER reviewer Rob Dickinson hadn’t weighed in on the Blizzard Cochise:
“You mention Rob Dickinson in one of the posts above. Having had a closer look at his profile, I am surprised that he has not weighed in with his 10 cents worth on the Blizzard Cochise? I would really like to hear his views on the ski.”
Good question, interesting story. As you’ll read below, Rob bought the Cochise largely because of our review, then proceeded to kill it on the comp circuit. So much so, in fact, that Rob now skis for Blizzard, and he’s skiing on the Cochise again this season. (Couldn’t have happened to a more deserving guy, by the way.)
Only problem is, we don’t let sponsored skiers review skis, because that’s how you end up with biased reviews full of BS and fluff. (Other review publications do not share BLISTER’s policy on this; draw your own conclusions.) So while we are all happy for Rob, he won’t be reviewing skis for us, only bikes.
But months ago, back when Rob and I were first talking about BLISTER—and long before Rob had signed on with Blizzard—I had asked Rob whether he agreed with my review of the Cochise. And it seems fair game to share now the email that he wrote back then.
So, if you want to see the e-mail review from a smart comp skier with podium finishes on the Cochise, here you go.]
“On your Cochise review: I bought the ski like anyone else would (largely off of your review, actually).
My thoughts: Most of it you nailed, and the ski acted much like you said it would. This ski can carve a GS turn like nobody’s business, and at any point in that carving turn the skier is free to break not just the tail but the whole edge evenly and predictably loose to adjust the radius. This, along with the stability it offers at blazing speeds, allows for amazing accuracy. I really felt like I could charge inbounds conditions (i.e. freeskiing comp conditions) on this ski faster and harder than ever.
The ability you gain on this ski to throw it sideways at any time allows you at all other times to foot steer and pick up as much speed as you like, with the comfort of knowing you can adjust your speed or path in an instant. I never once longed for the longer length (I ski the 185) or more stability. I really don’t care if the ski wanders just a touch riding flat in a straight line at 60 mph, so long as it is bomber in the turn I’m about to put it in.