I'm 6'1" 195 pounds--former ski patrol and...
I'm 6'1" 195 pounds--former ski patrol and race coach. Trying to figure out whether the Blizzard Cochise or Bonafide would be a better all around ski for me. One poster mentioned the Cochise being better for all mountain leaning towards powder (which is my skiing preference), as opposed to the Bonafide being better for all mountain leaning towards groomers. Any further thoughts would be much appreciated. Thanks! And I'm thinking about getting the longest length they make given my height/weight/skiing ability?
Yeah everything you read is correct. Bonafide would be better all mountain ski if you spent more time on groomers, Cochise if you spend more time off trail and want a little more powder performance. If you have a race background you'll love how the Cochise carve, especially for a 108 wasted ski. They feel like GS skis on edge but when skied bases down they're real easy to pivot and throw sideways. I would say at your height and weight the 193 Cochise should be no problem. It will be a little less maneuverable in tight spaces but will be more stable at speed and provide you with better float.
c.brown, thanks! I'm wondering if the next size down would be better as I do enjoy the trees and bumps!
yeah the 185 would be better in trees and bumps. For people in between the 185 and 193 I think by mounting the 185 back 1.5cm it helps the 185 to ski a little longer when you need it to.