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Blizzard – Cochise
Blizzard’s Cochise has been the hard-charging pedal-to-the-metal freeride ski of choice for many riders for the past few years, and the original has now been revamped for increased versatility and better float in powder. That sentence will have fans of the ski panicking (while others who found it too hard work are likely rejoicing), so we’ll set your minds at ease: the Cochise is still a full on Viking of a ski, ready to rampage and pillage any mountain that dares look it in the eye. Sporting a 108m waist and Blizzard’s signature flipcore rocker with subtle camber underfoot, it features a solid wood core reinforced with two layers of Titanal and carbon fibre in the tips and tails. It has great edge grip even on icy snow, but the stiff, burly flex demands attention and a rider who knows how to work and bend a ski. The Cochise certainly isnÕt for everyone Ð and if you have to ask then it probably isn’t for you but if you want one ski to negotiate wind-scoured entrances, charge the steeps, air out mandatory cliffs and remain stable through high speed chopped up run-outs, then it should be at the top of your list.