Vail Szendrei

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Vail Szendrei wrote an answer about on August 24, 2014

I would recommend the 177 for your situation. I dont think you'll overpower it. Really you only want to be sizing up with the cochise if you ski alot of open terrain. Or if these are a dedicated powder ski for someone who doesnt need ultra wide powboards.

I am an aggressive expert skier living in Jackson Hole, 6'3" 185, and even for this big mountain I ski the 185 inbounds. I have never overpowered it, not once. I have larger skis for deep days and sidecountry, but a correctly sized Cochise is the BEST all mountain crusher I have found. Its super forgiving, yet charges like a bat out of..

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Vail Szendrei wrote a review of on February 27, 2014

Your knees will thank you.
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I was afraid this binding would be too burly for me, as I ride at 10-11 DIN, but it worked out well. I now have three separate pairs on different skis, and I like them so much I won't even buy another binding anymore. The release is so consistent, and it lets you out when you need to come out. I have never felt safer clicked into a pair of bindings. Also, the weight and rigidity of the binding also helps you mach through chop, crud and chunder, which is a huge plus in my eyes. Best binding on the market, hands down.

I trust STH bindings as well, but do not buy them anymore after discovering the turntable treasure!

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Vail Szendrei wrote a review of on February 27, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I had this ski in a 193, and did not enjoy it as much as other have. Before I talk about the bad stuff, I must say this ski carved groomers very well for a 113 under foot ski. It had a slightly damp yet energetic feel on groomers, but did not translate as well off piste. I may have sized it wrong for what my intentions were though, to be honest. Its a playful ski that's somewhat damp, and is better to size down for jibbing, because sizing up for a charger doesn't really work out well.

This ski was mediocre across the board. Too floppy to charge, and too heavy to play around on the 193. I have the old Moment Bibby Pro in 190, and it's a very similar ski that performs better everywhere except groomers. The patron was rather heavy as well, even for a big ski, and it made you aware. I cant recall any times off piste where I really felt this ski performed well as other one ski quivers, but thats just me.

Giving it three stars, because some people really like this ski. Also, Nordica makes some top-notch, race stock, burly and durable skis that last a long time. This shape however does work well, and the helldorado is a much better ski for someone my weight. Someone light may really enjoy the patron in their appropriate size.

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Vail Szendrei wrote a review of on February 27, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The Bubba is a killer ski for what its designed for. Its almost as surfy/pivoty as the ARG, but better all around on hardpack. Its not as stiff as the ARG in the tips & tails, and gets eatin' up a little bit more in cruddy situations, but handles bumps and groomers much better. Seriously, these things are almost as fun in moguls as S7s, I dont really understand it to be honest. The sidecut is much more realistic compared to the JJ, and much more conducive for fall line skiing.

The only downfall is that the tips are too soft for resort chop and crud, similarly to the JJ. That and because the ARG simply surfs and pivots better, is the reason it doesnt get five stars. If you have never skied a reverse/reverse ski, and are not using the bubba outside of deep pow, you'd probably give it five stars.

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Vail Szendrei wrote a review of on February 27, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I have last years version, which is a little lighter in weight but practically the same. It is by far my most comfortable baselayer I own, and its functionality is primo as well. This and my merino ninja suit are my go-to first layers, although this Armada top is much more comfortable. This years version is almost like a sweatshirt it's so thick, which is awesome. It runs a little long past your waist, good for tucking in to retain heat, but the torso fits amazingly true to size.

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Vail Szendrei wrote a review of on February 25, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm not a big believer in the whole "one ski quiver" idea, but this may be as close as it gets. There are more specific skis out there for sure, but with this ski you can have a blast in any given condition. I have skied it in knee deep powder and chop, in both soft and hard crud, moguls, groomers, steeps, you name it this ski eats it for breakfast. It's the perfect ski for Jackson Hole, that's for sure. The cochise will make you more a better, more confident skier all around, even if you're already an expert. The only flaw I could find with this ski, Is that it doesn't excel in super deep snow, however it'll certainly get the job done. Other than float in deep powder over two feet, this ski kills it!

Size wise, I'm 6'3 185lbs, and I ski the 185. I could have definitely gotten away with the 193, but I ski a ton of bumps and trees, so the 185 made more sense. If this was going to be my only powder ski I'd absolutely and positively size up. Otherwise, it does not feel "too" short, even at my size.

Comparisons of similar skis Ive owned, to the Cochise :
Volkl Katana: Similar to the Cochise, but not as intuitive and forgiving. Better option for racing backgrounds, or more aggressive (pro level)freeskiers.

Moment Belafonte: More pop, but not as forgiving/intuitive. Better Edge grip and slightly more confidence on ice, but trades for worse powder performance. Better ski for traditional preferences.

On3p Vicik: Tip has more pop, more play, just as intuitive but not as forgiving. Exactly like the belafonte if it had tip taper, but made of bamboo, therefor more playful and snappy. Better choice for those with traditional preferences, yet still want something fun.

Personally for my mid-fats, I use the 185 Cochise for In bounds, and 184 Katana with for sidecountry.

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Vail Szendrei wrote a review of on December 19, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

First and foremost, this is an absolutely awesome ski. I replaced my 183 Line Blend with 188 PB&Js and couldn't be happier. It is stable and charger, and somehow still playful and forgiving. It is extremely well balanced, and is perfect for when there's less than ideal conditions at Jackson Hole. I would not recommend it for park unless you seriousrly ripp, because its on the stiffer side, but it can still get the job done.

Carves well, handles moguls well, stable, fun all mountain ski. Trees are a breeze, ski steeps with ease, and jib the whole mountain with unlimited steaze. The construction is bomber and its handmade in the USA. What more could you ask for.

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Vail Szendrei wrote a review of on December 19, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Im a little big for the 185, so I got rid of mine. I personally didnt enjoy the JJ as much as I have other skis, though I can see why others love them. I probably should have went with the AKJJ at 6'3" 185lbs, but wanted a thinner all mountain tool for Jackson Hole. I replaced the 185 JJ with a 188 S7, which fits me better personally.

They were light and fairly playful, but I like a more solid sandwich construction that comes with the cost of heavier weight. My 11/12 obsethed and s7 are more playful, yet charge harder. The tail, or something about them, was hooky and I disliked this the most. If It wasn't for this hookiness I probably would have kept them, and also gave them four stars instead of three. They turned on a dime, but they were not super flexible, which I expected/wanted them to be. All in all, still a good all mountain tool for someone lighter than me that skis switch a lot.

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Vail Szendrei wrote a review of on December 19, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large

So far so good. Mine is looser than it probably should be, but its still very warm and comfortable. Anyone reading this probably already knows that it's a great baselayer, so I figure I'll just review the fit to give ya'll a better idea of which size to buy. To be honest, I was a little confused on which size to buy.

I have the XL, and I'm 6'3" 185lbs. Medium/Large chest size, 33.5 inch waist, Long Arms/Legs/Torso. The leg fit is almost perfect, but about 1 inch too short for me. Nevertheless, the thigh/shin fit is spot on for people with medium sized 30-34 inch inseam. The torso is super long, and could easily fit people taller and much heavier than me. I figure I'd have to gain 30lbs for this thing to fit my torso like a baselayer should, against the skin but not too tight. The shoulder and arms are perfect, Ive got a long 76 inch arm span and couldn't be happier with the fit in that department. Thumb holes are perfectly aligned with my thumbs.

I gave it five stars, because if I had gotten the Large instead of X-Large, It would have been perfect. Still a great piece for here in the Tetons where it can get pretty cold and snowy. A little warm for anything above 25* Fahrenheit, unless I skipped the mid layer, but I run warm personally. One more thing is that it has great odor protection, and can be worn 2-3 days in a row without getting clammy, so long as you wear a pair of appropriate synthetic boxers or whatever underneath. Stay Fresh.

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Vail Szendrei wrote a question about on March 16, 2013

I'm looking for a full metal binding, and this is the one with the lowest DIN range. I usually ski around 10, but like to set it to a lower setting when I dedicate full days in the trees. I'm wondering If its ok to set these binding to the minimum DIN setting. I want to set these at 8, and that's the lowest they go. I don't see why not, since DIN is a standard and bindings have to live up to that standard, but would like Backcountry's opinion on this.

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Vail Szendrei wrote a question about on March 16, 2013

I'm looking for a full metal binding, and this is the one with the lowest DIN range. I usually ski around 10, but like to set it to a lower setting when I dedicate full days in the trees. Im wondering If its ok to set these binding to the minimum DIN setting. I want to set these at 8, and thats the lowest they go. I don't see why not, since DIN is a standard and bindings have to live up to that standard, but would like Backcountry's opinion on this.

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