Product: 2012 Blizzard Bodacious
Length/size Tested: 186 length, 142/118/132 shape
Environment of Conditions:
*Location of review: Snowbird UT
*Runs Taken: 12+
*Snow Conditions: Powder/packed powder
*Demo or Purchase: Demo
Summary (inc. Strengths & Weaknesses):
Thanks to Wasatchback I was able to demo a pair of 186 Bodacious yesterday at Snowbird. I wanted to pay him back by sharing a brief review of how these things handle. These skis completely live up to their reputation as a serious big mountain charger.
These skis really don't have a speed limit. People toss around the term "no speed limit" way too casually and apply it to too many skis - but it's really true here. I've never been able to ski through broken and cut up snow so fast before. I don't know whether it's the flipcore layup or all the metal in the ski but they really do ride in an unusually smooth and calm manner I haven't experienced before. My Volkl Katanas are known for being pretty stable in cut up snow but the Bodacious was on another level. The funny thing is, these skis are named after famous rodeo bulls, but they ski in the exact opposite way. They don't "buck" you around at all, they have a quiet calmness at warp speed that is really impressive and pretty unique. They have a great feel to them that I immediately missed when I went back to my Volkls today.
OK, here's the downside. While it's amazing in open terrain, they are a handful in tight spots and bumps. I was surprised to find it wasn't nearly as slarvy as I expected. For example, the Volkl Katana is way more agile and manageable in tight spots mainly because of its slarviness. The rocker on Bodacious is pretty subtle and it felt overall more like a traditional ski than I was expecting.
The big turn radius means the ski takes coaxing to initiate turns. Most of the skis I've tried lately have automatic turn initiation but this ski doesn't. It's designed to go fast and straight so if that's what you're really looking for - here it is. For how and where I ski I prefer something turnier and more agile. If the narrower Cochese (which I haven't skied yet) has the same eerie calmness at speed with a more agile shape then it might fit me better.
Other skis in class: Volkl Katana, Rossi Super S7, Rossi S7, K2 Obsethed, Dynastar XXL
Average days on snow: 0-10, 11-25, 30+ (pick one)
Years Skiing: 0-5, 6-15, 15-30, 30+ (pick one)
Aggressiveness: Conservative / Moderate / Aggressive / Competitor (pick one)
Edited by Matter - 3/28/11 at 7:21am