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Nordic Steadfast/Burner compared to Blizzard Bushwacker

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Looking for an East Coast all rounder.  Lots has been written about the Bushwacker, but little about the Nordicas.

I have an Afterburner in a 186cm but it now lives in Utah and it's a little long for the East.  Current east quiver is a 

Fischer WC SC in a 170 that are well loved but now that the ABs stay in UT need a wider ski to replace them.

I have a wider AT setup for tree skiing so focused on this mid 80s width.  Also a comparison to a Volkl RTM 84 would help as I am intrigued by the very low continuous rocker profile.  Will try to demo, but not optimistic I'll get to try these skis.  Any input appreciated. Skier info- 5' 10" 190 lbs lived in the Wasatch 15 years skied lots on leather tele/skinny sticks so good balance, ski pretty fast, but not as gung ho for crud as used to be, skis will be mostly used in Pennsylvania with occasional NY/VT trips.

Thanks for any input.

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I have skied the Bushwacker and a near-relative of the Steadfast, the Pro Burner. (Both are similar construction, flex pattern, and shape, Steadfast is  about 4 mm wider and I suspect a touch lighter, Pro B does not have rocker.) And I live in the northeast. Unclear from your comment but I think you're saying that you want these for AT.

 

I liked the Bushwacker for some of the same qualities I'd bet I'd like the Steadfast: Lightness, nimbleness, edge hold, versatility. Suspect I'd also subtract points from the Steadfast for the same reason as from the Bushwacker: A bit too lively in stiff or heavy crud at speed. But that's a matter of taste and style; I like smooth skis. I know folks who prefer lively, and they seem to really like both skis.

 

Personal take: If I wanted a 88 mm for east coast AT, I'd probably go with the Bushwacker simply because I think they got the rocker curves right. It has that long low rocker that you (and I) like. Can't say about the Steadfast, but doubt it can be quite as well-executed. OTOH, as good as the Bushwacker is on hardpack, I'd guess the Steadfast is a touch better, especially at speed. From comments, and my experience with the PB, suspect SteadF's a bit stiffer than the BW. So this may partly be a choice about how much time you plan to spend int the trees.

 

Have not skied a Volkl in about 3 years, so can't speak to the 84. But doesn't seem on paper to be a candidate for AT. 

 

 

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I have skied the Bushwacker and a near-relative of the Steadfast, the Pro Burner. (Both are similar construction, flex pattern, and shape, Steadfast is  about 4 mm wider and I suspect a touch lighter, Pro B does not have rocker.) And I live in the northeast. Unclear from your comment but I think you're saying that you want these for AT.

 

I liked the Bushwacker for some of the same qualities I'd bet I'd like the Steadfast: Lightness, nimbleness, edge hold, versatility. Suspect I'd also subtract points from the Steadfast for the same reason as from the Bushwacker: A bit too lively in stiff or heavy crud at speed. But that's a matter of taste and style; I like smooth skis. I know folks who prefer lively, and they seem to really like both skis.

 

Personal take: If I wanted a 88 mm for east coast AT, I'd probably go with the Bushwacker simply because I think they got the rocker curves right. It has that long low rocker that you (and I) like. Can't say about the Steadfast, but doubt it can be quite as well-executed. OTOH, as good as the Bushwacker is on hardpack, I'd guess the Steadfast is a touch better, especially at speed. From comments, and my experience with the PB, suspect SteadF's a bit stiffer than the BW. So this may partly be a choice about how much time you plan to spend int the trees.

 

Have not skied a Volkl in about 3 years, so can't speak to the 84. But doesn't seem on paper to be a candidate for AT. 

 

 


You HAVE skied the Bushwacker but have NOT skied the Steadfast yet you are recommending the Bushwacker?th_dunno-1[1].gif Sounds like a bias to the flipcore skis and could be perceived to fall under viral marketing duel.gifpopcorn.gif

 

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Phil you have a talent for passive aggressive humor but not for accurate paraphrase. I made it clear at the top that I was basing my evaluation on another Nordie (that you sold me) with similar qualities. And I also made it clear that my assessment of each ski was mixed, contingent on mission. All good if you want to redefine viral for the little popcorn guy....fk
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Girls girls your both pretty. Be nice to each other before someone has to beat you both to death.

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Phil you have a talent for passive aggressive humor but not for accurate paraphrase. I made it clear at the top that I was basing my evaluation on another Nordie (that you sold me) with similar qualities. And I also made it clear that my assessment of each ski was mixed, contingent on mission. All good if you want to redefine viral for the little popcorn guy....fk


Whhaaaahhht??? biggrin.gifbiggrin.gifbiggrin.gifbiggrin.gifbiggrin.gifbiggrin.gifbiggrin.gifbiggrin.gifbiggrin.gifbiggrin.gifbiggrin.gifbiggrin.gifbiggrin.gif

 

Well, I HAVE skied both the Bushwacker and the Steadfast (along with the Burner..that are new this year with early rise) and I will say I would take the Steadfast over the critically acclaimed Bushwacker for as an all around ski for the east eek.gif . I am not making the decision on popularity or marketing, I am actually making it on the way the ski skis..wait a minute..I think I do that every time I make a recommendation based upon the information given NOT just based on popularity.

 

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Girls girls your both pretty. Be nice to each other before someone has to beat you both to death.


Aww, you say the nicest things.

 

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