Been reading some stuff on here the last couple of days, and sounds like there are some fans of the new "Bones".
Am after a playful everyday driver for UT - liking the 90-100mm waist range. From what I can tell, the basic concept of the Scott Dozers, Rossi S3 and Blizz Bonafide are all pretty similar - 98 waist, tip and tail rocker with some camber underfoot.
Anyone tried all of them and can compare or declare favorite (with basic explanation of why)?
I've only skied the S3 out of these, but have heard very good things about both the Dozers and Bones. From my guess, I would say the Bones are probably the stiffest of the 3 and the S3 the softest, with Dozers somewhere in the middle. Feel free to correct me.
Bonafides have a pretty large taper, which makes me wonder a little in terms of how they compare carving turns on the groomers headed back to the lift or when skiing a few runs with the wife compared to the Dozers or S3s.
I'm pretty light - 6ft, 145. So I don't need rock solid/ stiff or burly skis. Bones are the only one of these 3 with metal as far as I can tell. I'm also not a park guy, but I like to bounce around on little kickers around in the side country and love heading into the trees. So I need something that is fairly light, playful and easy to make quick turns when needed. The Dozers have a tighter turn radius compared to the other two which makes me think it may be a little more versatile and better suite in the trees?? I think when considering all these things on paper - I'm leaning towards the Dozers, but am definitely not completely sold yet and would appreciate any thoughts from those who have ridden any or all.
For what it's worth, obviously the S3s and Rossis in general dominated ski tests last year. Fallen behind a bit this year. This year the Blizzard free mountain range has blown ski magazine tests apart - but Ski magazine always seems very bias towards main stream brands and I don't even know if they test the Dozers. In contrast, Powder mag includes more of the less main stream brands, and in their 2012 tests the Scotts did pretty well - with the Dozers included in the all-mountain category.
Any thoughts on what might be the best fit and why/ why not?