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  1. #1926
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    Quote Originally Posted by nickwm21 View Post
    Current Quiver - I am super happy with all of these. Many have been in my quiver for 5+ seasons. I don’t think I’ll be buying new skis for some time….

    187 Bonafide (carbon tip era) - Hard snow
    192 Cochise 106 - DD / Mixed
    192 GPOs (stock) - Soft Snow
    196 Protest (stock) - Deep Snow
    190 Raven - Touring

    Previous 10X skis in the quiver.
    - 193 Corvus - too light, too torsionally rigid, terrible on hard pack.
    - 192 LP105 - Amazing at what they do, but ultimately too heavy and damp for tight trees, thick wet snow, and casual skiing. If I wanted multiple 10X skis in the quiver, I would have kept these and added a more versatile ski like an MF108, E104, etc….
    - 193 OG Cochise - My favorite ski ever. I sold these 5 years ago when I moved to the PNW, thinking I could get away with just the Bones and GPOs…
    - 189 VCT (Gotama copy) - Old trusty do it all midfat. I skied these until they fell apart….


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    Interesting - the 2017 Bonafide 187 is one of my all time favorite skis.

    On the new Cochise, do you find a big enough difference in off-trail performance versus those Bonafides? Would you say the Cochise is significantly looser? Is the tip/tail flex on the Cochise any softer than the 2017 Bonafide?

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    IMO, the Cochise106 is significantly looser skiing than the previous generation Bonafides. The Cochise106 is a charger and is really at home off piste. I couldnít make friends with it on groomers so sold my 185ís. If I primarily skied off piste alpine zones, I would have been more keen to keep them. They arenít as versatile as previous generation Bonafides, IMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bandit Man View Post
    IMO, the Cochise106 is significantly looser skiing than the previous generation Bonafides. The Cochise106 is a charger and is really at home off piste. I couldn’t make friends with it on groomers so sold my 185’s. If I primarily skied off piste alpine zones, I would have been more keen to keep them. They aren’t as versatile as previous generation Bonafides, IMO.
    Interesting, I really like mine on the groomers until it’s super icy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by I've seen black diamonds! View Post
    Interesting. One reason I like the Corvus a lot is that I find them much more engaging on groomers....
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    Interesting - the 2017 Bonafide 187 is one of my all time favorite skis...
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    Interesting, I really like mine on the groomers until it’s super icy.
    It's interesting how the frequent use of "interesting" seems to be a very polite call-out on people's skiing ability, ha.

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    Got out on the gunsmoke today for the first time this season and gosh it’s still such a great ski. The 193 has awesome stability, great edge hold and you can smear you’re turns with such little effort but precision. It also just has more of a jib feel than the rustlers and is great for tricks and landing switch.

    I know wasatchblack isn’t a big fan of the Gunsmoke, but there really is nothing out there as good for strong freeride / freestyle skiing.
    Wish they’d do a mini run of these like they did the bodacious, a few of the blizzard sponsored FWQ/FWT agree too

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    Quote Originally Posted by muted reborn View Post
    It's interesting how the frequent use of "interesting" seems to be a very polite call-out on people's skiing ability, ha.
    I guess another way of saying it is that compared to an Volkl M102 or K108 the Cochise 106 skis groomers like shit. But, the Cochise 106 has a more natural feel off trail than either the Volkls. I think the Cochise 106 is a good ski for the right skier, but I doubt it will have the broad appeal that the OG Cochise had.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mr_pretzel View Post
    Got out on the gunsmoke today for the first time this season and gosh itís still such a great ski. The 193 has awesome stability, great edge hold and you can smear youíre turns with such little effort but precision. It also just has more of a jib feel than the rustlers and is great for tricks and landing switch.

    I know wasatchblack isnít a big fan of the Gunsmoke, but there really is nothing out there as good for strong freeride / freestyle skiing.
    Wish theyíd do a mini run of these like they did the bodacious, a few of the blizzard sponsored FWQ/FWT agree too
    Still don't understand the rationale behind the chopping of the Gunsmoke and peacemaker. They could have kept those two skis in the lineup and come out with the rustler series and still have a following of people flocking to the Gunsmoke.

    That being said, the M-free as a Colorado ski is arguably a better solution for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarthMarkus View Post
    Still don't understand the rationale behind the chopping of the Gunsmoke and peacemaker. They could have kept those two skis in the lineup and come out with the rustler series and still have a following of people flocking to the Gunsmoke.

    That being said, the M-free as a Colorado ski is arguably a better solution for me.

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    A) I bet making the Rustlers is cheaper than the Gunsmokes and Peacemakers.
    B) They would be concerned about cannibalism in the line.
    C) I bet they sell way more Rustler 10ís than they ever did Peacemakers. Itís like the official ski of ďwill never be better than blue groomersĒ skiers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DarthMarkus View Post
    Still don't understand the rationale behind the chopping of the Gunsmoke and peacemaker. They could have kept those two skis in the lineup and come out with the rustler series and still have a following of people flocking to the Gunsmoke.

    That being said, the M-free as a Colorado ski is arguably a better solution for me.

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    No one bought them. Probably due to years of atrocious graphics and poor names. Rustlers are arguably better skis for most skiers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by XavierD View Post
    No one bought them. Probably due to years of atrocious graphics and poor names. Rustlers are arguably better skis for most skiers.
    Maybe the R9s and R10s, but the R11 is inferior to the Gunsmoke in every conceivable way.

    The Gunsmoke wasnít perfect, actually thatís wrong., it was perfect. The Blank is the closest replacement, but the turn radius is a bit too small. I like my Blanks, but Iíd buy 2 pairs of 193 Gunsmokes if Blizzard did a limited run.

    Wasatch has asked whatís different and why we like the Gunsmoke so much, and I struggle to put it into words. It had all of the feeling that we love from Blizzard, but still had a looseness that made it so easy to ski in technical terrain. The ski was consistent, and the R11 I feel like the tip/tail just isnít. Where the metal ends it just doesnít feel like the rest of the ski. On my R9s thatís 100% ok because I ski over the middle of that ski, but on a bigger/wider/longer ski, I like more consistency.


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    From a material standpoint Rustler is more expensive to make than Gunsmoke/Peacemaker was. However when you sell 50x more itís easy to justify.

    Prolly never see a re release of of either ski.

    The skis were challenged by so many things other than the skis themselves which sucks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wasatchback View Post
    From a material standpoint Rustler is more expensive to make than Gunsmoke/Peacemaker was. However when you sell 50x more itís easy to justify.

    Prolly never see a re release of of either ski.

    The skis were challenged by so many things other than the skis themselves which sucks.
    The rippers in our shop all loved the Gunsmoke, but that didn't translate to sales. Now they all have the Rustler 11, which sells like crazy . . . too bad they sold out in November.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bandit Man View Post
    I guess another way of saying it is that compared to an Volkl M102 or K108 the Cochise 106 skis groomers like shit. But, the Cochise 106 has a more natural feel off trail than either the Volkls. I think the Cochise 106 is a good ski for the right skier, but I doubt it will have the broad appeal that the OG Cochise had.
    I skied my new 185 cochise 106 today on 100%
    East coast man made groomers and I thought they were great. My everyday ski is a brahma and the cochise are kind of a fatter brahma. They prefer a longer turn, but I could make short turns on them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nickwm21 View Post
    Yeah.

    Too add a quick comparo: Cochise 106 vs Corvus (rockered).

    - Similar maneuverability in tight/tech, bumps, trees
    - Similar groomer performance
    - Corvus wins in pow
    - Cochise wins big on harder crud, windbuff, etc.
    - Slight nod to the Cochise in softer crud and chop
    - Cochise probably has a higher speed limit.

    *The mount points are pretty different… I never moved the Corvus mount back but I think that would have improved it a touch…


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    I'd love to hear more on your thoughts about the Cochise 106 vs. the OG. Because I also love the OG (in the 185 — would be curious to try the 193s, but they're probably overkill for my 165lb) and am looking for a replacement for when I inevitably kill my current pair.

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    Quote Originally Posted by half-fast View Post
    I skied my new 185 cochise 106 today on 100%
    East coast man made groomers and I thought they were great. My everyday ski is a brahma and the cochise are kind of a fatter brahma. They prefer a longer turn, but I could make short turns on them.
    Iím glad to hear someone figured that skied out. I really liked them off piste but never jived with them on firmer stuff. Felt like a lot more effort to get them to turn on groomers versus something like an M102 or K108. Might be I just prefer the feel of those better. I was really disappointed that I didnít click with the Cochise 106 since I like the OG version so much.

    My firm snow ski is a 187 Brahma 88, which I feel like I can handle just fine. I never got the Brahma vibes from the new Cochise, but again we just werenít meant to be a pair.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skibrd View Post
    Maybe the R9s and R10s, but the R11 is inferior to the Gunsmoke in every conceivable way.

    The Gunsmoke wasn’t perfect, actually that’s wrong., it was perfect. The Blank is the closest replacement, but the turn radius is a bit too small. I like my Blanks, but I’d buy 2 pairs of 193 Gunsmokes if Blizzard did a limited run.

    Wasatch has asked what’s different and why we like the Gunsmoke so much, and I struggle to put it into words. It had all of the feeling that we love from Blizzard, but still had a looseness that made it so easy to ski in technical terrain. The ski was consistent, and the R11 I feel like the tip/tail just isn’t. Where the metal ends it just doesn’t feel like the rest of the ski. On my R9s that’s 100% ok because I ski over the middle of that ski, but on a bigger/wider/longer ski, I like more consistency.


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    I presume you are comparing it only to the R11 192 (which wasatchback explained to me here is a not a longer 188 but has a beefier build, if I remember right?).

    Quote Originally Posted by half-fast View Post
    I skied my new 185 cochise 106 today on 100%
    East coast man made groomers and I thought they were great. My everyday ski is a brahma and the cochise are kind of a fatter brahma. They prefer a longer turn, but I could make short turns on them.
    You forgot to start your post with "Interesting, "

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    Quote Originally Posted by wasatchback View Post
    From a material standpoint Rustler is more expensive to make than Gunsmoke/Peacemaker was. However when you sell 50x more itís easy to justify.

    Prolly never see a re release of of either ski.

    The skis were challenged by so many things other than the skis themselves which sucks.
    Numbers donít lie.

    I get it, Iíll keep hoping, but itís pretty simple to see out skiing. You see R11s everywhere, almost never saw Gunsmokes.


    Yes, only the 193s. I didnít ski the 18X, but would of had I lived back east.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HAB View Post
    I'd love to hear more on your thoughts about the Cochise 106 vs. the OG. Because I also love the OG (in the 185 ó would be curious to try the 193s, but they're probably overkill for my 165lb) and am looking for a replacement for when I inevitably kill my current pair.
    Go read my post #1912 - if you have any specific questions, Iím happy to answer.


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    Quote Originally Posted by VON View Post
    Interesting - the 2017 Bonafide 187 is one of my all time favorite skis.

    On the new Cochise, do you find a big enough difference in off-trail performance versus those Bonafides? Would you say the Cochise is significantly looser? Is the tip/tail flex on the Cochise any softer than the 2017 Bonafide?
    Bonafides (carbon tip era) are heavier, stiffer tail, slightly stiffer tip.

    Cochise is looser.


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    Skied the cochise 106 in 6-10Ē of heavy cut up snow today. What a blast. It was like I was skiing on groomers

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    Quote Originally Posted by nickwm21 View Post
    Go read my post #1912 - if you have any specific questions, I’m happy to answer.


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    Thanks, missed that one before. Good info.

    I'm intrigued by the 106 being such a big improvement in steep, tight spots — because I already like the OG a lot there. It's a blend of a lot of stability/good suspension while still being quite loose and easy to pivot that works super well for me. So that sounds rad.

    Guess I need to find a pair.

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    One of the biggest differences between the Cochise 106 and the OG is how the sidecut is laid out on the ski. This is why people might say the OG skis better on groomers than the present one.

    Original Bodacious, Cochise, Bonafide had a much more carving ski approach to the sidecut design. This is what happens when youíre an Austrian brand that hasnít made that many successful freeride skis. Even though the radius printed on the ski was long there were a bunch of different radiusís in the tip and tail similar to a carving ski where the higher the edge angle the more side cut youíd engage. This is why if youíre a good skier and can lay the ski way up and stand on it through the turn you could pull a much tighter radius than what was labeled on the ski. It made them pretty damn fun on groomers for a wide ski with a seemingly long radius.

    However in order to make this side cut design work the skis had to be very torsionally stiff at the tip and tail. All this combined is what hurt the performance in steep/ technical terrain for skiers that maybe didnít smear or pivot the skis but instead would tip them up. They could feel pretty demanding and it was easy to get out of balance.


    New Cochise 106 has a whole different approach to sidecut design and torsional stiffness. They still arc really well but maybe donít have that crazy pull through the middle of the turn that the OG had. However I think theyíre much more nimble in tighter, steeper, technical terrain/conditions. The tails release much easier as they have less sidecut at the ends of the skis and theyíre a bit softer torsionally. Itís easier to recover if you get out of balance and theyíre just less punishing if youíre not on your game.

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    Whoa, ski science. Blizzard has been making great free ride skis at least since the Titan Pro and even Titan 9. They got a little off track with the IQ stuff, but at the time a ski/binding rail package was what marketing dictated. I think what Blizzard never did well until the Bone/Cochise/Bodacious/Brahma line came out was marketing. Also, its approach to just softening up its freeride line (Peacemaker, Kabookie, Bushwacker) was indeed whack.
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