Originally Posted by Philpug
Because we say it is the best ski for everything, right?
OP, if you have a Contact 4x4, a great ski for ice...why do you need a 98mm ski that is good for ice too? While I haven't skied it on eastern ice, I do know why attributes perform well there. Will it perform well? yes. and will be one of the better skis in that category along with the Line Prophet 98 (more shape), Rossi E98 (great hard snow), Enforcer (traditional camber), Kastle BMX98 (most refined), but the Bonafide is the best balance of all of them. Sorry Beyond.
C'mon now Phil, you can do better than that!
Here in the East, even in an anomalous year like last winter, we nearly NEVER have only one set of conditions in any given run. We can easily move from deep blower to wind-affected mank, crust and literally glacial ice, on any pitch on piste or off. The kind of versatility the OP is looking for is absolutely appropriate and necessary if you really want to ski any variety of terrain in the East.
That said, metal isn't the be-all or end-all determinant of a great EC ski. At my tonnage, I used to ignore any non-metal ski. My preferred turns are large and high-speed. But when I finally spent some time on well-made non-metal skis, I quickly let go of my prejudice. An all-wood and fiberglass build can be plenty damp in the right configuration for all but the most dedicated speed merchants, and the payoff in response and weight savings can be significant. Now, all things being equal, if you build two skis the same, only one has metal, of course it will be more damp, and likely more stiff torsionally if done right. But those differences can be accounted for in the build.
Any of the skis Phil listed are excellent choices. I hope that our offering will be worthy of making the list, but in any case, there are too many great skis out there to limit yourself by virtue of one construction element. My $0.02