No disagreement there! I wouldn't be sticking mostly to groomers if I had anything else to ski. Yeah, I agree that the litmus test of a 98mm ski isn't hard snow, but I have heard some exclaim that the Bonafide is "as good as any carving ski" on hard snow, so it is worth noting what it does and doesn't do well. I wasn't implying that is what your claims were, but have heard others say stuff like that, which completely contrasts with my experiences. I am just not a huge fan of hyperbole when it is used literally. The reason my test was pretty illuminating is that the Rock n' Roll was an excellent carver, way above the Bonafide's performance, for me. That is what impressed me; that a 94mm ski that is great in bumps and cruddy conditions (although not at the top level of the Bonafide at speed, as it doesn't have metal) was such a sporty, lively, powerful carver. The difference between the 2 was, for me: in the current dry spell, I could go up, ski the Rock n' Roll, work on skills (not much else to do when limited to groomers), as well as let it rip, and have a really good time, sticking around the whole day. On the Bonafide, when stuck on groomers, I would probably go up, ski a few runs, think "yeah, this is OK" and go home, without getting that ear to ear grin I was getting on the other ski. Everyone has different expectations with a ski, and most people who are looking at the Bonafide shouldn't be too concerned about carving and hard snow performance. If they need a frontside carver, Blizzard has a whole lineup of Magnums, and the Supersonic as well.
Really, in the end, it doesn't matter what any one of us thinks. Everyone is going to have their own expectations, and honestly, how many people skiing out there are even skilled enough to be taking advantage of what modern skis offer? Mostly, it is about having fun, and if ski X or ski Y allows them to do so, then it is all good. BTW, I will be keeping my 187cm Bones around as my crud crusher skis, but my more frontside skis will be more like the Apex, Rock n' Roll, or FX94. When I head down to Squaw, I will probably bring both pair, as I know that 187cm is going to work me in the bumps.