I demo'ed a pair of these skis at Jackson Hole, right after demoing a pair of Gotamas. I got on the 193 Cochises (compared to the 194 Gotamas), then grabbed a tramride to Rendezvous bowl. after a traverse to the far side of Rendezvous bowl I grabbed some turns. Immediately I was surprised!- not by how good they felt, but how they felt like 2x4's attached to my feet. They didn't like to cut and float through the gnar I was on, but I thought maybe I just wasn't used to them. I ran out towards the bowl off Sublette and jumped through some bumps (who does bumps in 194's?), and under a cliff band in search of some fresher untracked stuff. The whole time I was thinking "man these skis don't like to initiate, and have NO feel to them at all. It was like they didn't want to do anything. They had a shorter turn radius than the Goats, but if you turn them over they just kind of wallow... when I got to the groomed runout, I put them on edge, thinking the stiffer, flat tail would help and the earlier rise tip could be fun. I was wrong. These skis don't like to be pushed. You push a Volkl and the skis grin back at you and rip harder. You push these Cochises and the tips wander like record player with a bent needle. (DISCLAIMER: I'm 6'5", 280lbs. I'm not a fatty, and push my skis, my equipment, and myself hard. These skis squirmed under the pressure.) For the rest of my afternoon on the Coshise, I bemoaned switching from the Gotamas to the Cochises- the Gotama is easily twice the ski that the Coshise is. The best part- we spied a TRULY rippin' teleskier bombing down the mountain after the lifts had closed. He stopped to chat with my brother, who is looking to pick up tele'ing in addition to his alpine activities, and asked me about the Cochises when he saw I was on them. Apparently tons of people like the cochise at JacksonHoleMR. I let loose-"they feel like 2x4's, they're stiff longitudinally, but noodles torsionally, they don't like to be pushed hard and don't like an aggressive skier, they hate holding edges, they wander, they don't like to initiate in the deeper stuff, they hate cutting through crud, etc". I did tell him that maybe it was just me and his mileage may vary (of course- everyone's different). He was shocked and said he'd try them out before he bought them, especially after hearing my discourse.
Now here's the best part of it all. On the LAST slope of the LAST run of the LAST day of skiing, I hit some bumps on the left side of the trail before a long runout, and all of the sudden eat shit. I couldn't tell why, it was like I just lost all control and fell over in transition to another bump. And my ski took off down the hill. I said "why isn't the ski stopping?", to which my friend Dave said "the brakes aren't on". I replied "yeah no kidding, why aren't they stopping the ski!?!". To which he replied "the brakes aren't on the ski!", and pushed the back half of the binding over to me in the snow. They had ripped clean out of the ski. My ski rocketed down the hill and barreled into a small tree glade, and I spent the rest of the run limping my way down the hill.
I thoroughly disliked that pair of Cochises...