You will gain stability at speed and increased performance on hard snow. You loose a little bit of liveliness as the metal makes the skis a bit more damp but you don't loose agility. At your height and weight and riding in the east where conditions tend to be firmer I would think the Brahma would be an overall better ride
186 for sure especially at your height. The added rocker to these would make the 186 ski more like your 179 Line Prophets.
Slight changes. Liner has changed with a little better fit in the 6th toe area and an improved tongue. DIN soles come standard on the Cochise 120 this year where as the AT soles came standard on the Cochise 120 from the last two years.
All sick skis. How big are you and describe your skiing style a bit more. TSTs are the lightest of the bunch and have the most tip rocker so they will float a bit better, be lighter for touring, and if you're a lighter guy maybe the best choice. If you're a bigger guy or like to ski at speed the Blizzards might be a better call. The metal construction will add stability and grip as well as the ability to absorb more variable terrain. They are a bit heavier and a bit stiffer than the TST. Out west I would steer you more towards the Bonafide than the Brahma. Brahma will be better at bumps but that's about the only place it will out shine the Bonafide out west.
There are no stretch panels. New face fabric is softer and lighter and even more durable.
With 2 sheets of metal these would stand up to 270 lbs about as good as anything else. How tall are you?
An incredibly lightweight helmet that meets all the worldwide safety standards and will protect your dome when you need it to. Lazer is the worlds oldest helmet manufacturer, founded in 1919. They've been making bike helmets forever and have just moved into snow helmets in the last two years. Check em out you'll be psyched on the fit an performance.
With the Rollsys fit system these Lazer helmets are great a fitting any shaped head out there. Instead of just pushing from the back the Rollsys fit system tightens all the way around your head to snug the helmet up in every direction. If you've had problems finding a helmet that fits your head in the past give these a whirl. Lazer has been making helmets since 1919, they know what's up.
98mm lasts have gotten wider and wider these days, except for the 98mm Inferno (R series, Fling, Crush) last from Tecnica. This is one of the last true 98mm fits left out there. The Fling is a great low volume option for the women with a skinny foot who doesn't want a super stiff race boot. 90 flex and low cuff make these great options for lighter women wanting a snug fit for their tiny foot.
Yes they have a new tongue in the liner that is softer and comes up higher to better distribute pressure around the shin. The plastic actually makes a big difference. The Black plastic maintains it's flex characteristics at lower temps than the orange plastic. When the orange plastic got really cold it got incredibly stiff, the black plastic used in this year's R series boots will not get incredibly stiff when it gets cold.
Just because you have wide feet doesn't mean you should have to ski in a toy with 2 buckles and a soft mushy flex. At 106mm in the forefoot these are some of the widest boots on the market but they're designed to be high performance boots not buckets. They have great anatomical shape with great heal and ankle hold and a true 120 flex.
These soles work for any of the Cochise and Demon ski boots. If your DIN soles are just worn out you can replace them with the DIN option. If you want to swap the DIN soles that on your Cochsie 90,110,120,130 with some Tech Compatible AT soles get the Black Tech Compatible soles. There are 4 screws in the toe and three in the heel that screw into metal inserts in the boots. The soles also use a bit of a dovetail system so they need to be slid off forwards and backward to be removed.
There are few AT options out there for the ladies with low volume feet that want stiff boots. Even though the flex says 105 it's more like 110 -115. The 24.5 (290mm) weighs in at around 1850 grams. A lot of the weight is in the liner as these liners are more like a traditional ski boot liner as opposed to a lightweight AT specific liner. If you already have an Intuition or Palau liner you can save a lot more weight. The shell of the 24.5 weighs only 1450g. These compete with the Freedom SL from Scarpa but with a much lower volume 98mm fit. Tech compatible AT soles are available separately.
The 13/14 Cochise Pro Light gets an updated Palau liner. The cuff of the liner is much thicker and stiffer to take up volume and provide a stiffer more even flex. At around 1600 grams there is no other overlap AT boot that can compete in weight and performance with the Cochise Pro Light.
The Dakota is the women's version of the popular Cochise. For 12/13 the Dakota had two sheets of metal. For 13/14 the metal has been removed and the core softened to give it better float and a lighter weight. Too they're available in a 163. A great powder ski option that is now more accessible to more women.
The Kabookie is the Bonafide without metal. Taking the metal out saves about a 1 lb per pair. The Kabookie would be a great option if you want the Bonafide shape but without the metal construction. For some people metal is a great feeling but if you're not used to it or have been skiing on fiberglass construction skis others might not like it. The Kabookie uses Blizzards proprietary Quadrax weave instead of metal so the ski still has all the same performance characteristics as the Bonafide just with a slightly lighter weight. A great Backcountry option for someone not wanting to sacrafice any performance on the down or just a different option for someone not wanting all the dampness that metal construction skis provide.
A more direct comparison to the Kabookie would be the Alibi or the Ritual from Atomic. The Kabookie will be stiffer and offer you more response and energy as compared to the Theory. With full vertical sidewalls from tip to tail the Kabookie will also have better grip on hard snow. If you're a lighter person the Theory might be a good choice.
Women's version of the popular Bonafide. The Samba utilizes the same sidecut and rocker profile as the Bonafide but with a lighter weight construction. The two sheets of metal found in the Bonafide are removed as the core is slightly ligher to make for a lighter slightly softer ski but without sacraficing torsional stiffness. These skis have great grip on hard snow but are soft enough to absorb terrain and float in pow. A great ski for the female rippers or aspiring female rippers.
The Sambas will be a little torsionally stiffer than the Elysians. The Samba would be a great ski to fit between the Kenja and the VJJ. The Samba is kind of right between the two skis both rocker wise and construction wise. It has the torsional stiffness of the Kenja but without the metal, it has a bit more rocker than the Kenja but not as much as the VJJ.