Originally Posted by beyond
There are so many posts about each. Epic may have skied both, prolly Phil. My sense (owning the FX) is that while they're both fine skis, if you really like one you won't really like the other. Very different flex, sidecut, construction, camber curve, tip design, uh have I left anything out? Oh, yeah, skill set. The FX is a ski that will do just what you tell it, no more, no less, wants some tip pressure, and will be unhappy with a pilot who expects to ride the rail or get backseat. The Bone, from all I hear, is more forgiving, more neutral stance, more willing to initiate easily into the turn. Not to mention beefier, etc.
What about me? I own both
Skiing them back to back in new snow over frozen surface, icy groomers, new snow, and some heavier crud over the past 2 months, they are much different. FX94 is quicker, a far superior hard snow and groomer ski, more energy in the tail, lighter, and more responsive both side to side and in bumps. Bonafide is surfier in soft snow, more stable at big turns in chunky snow, has a tip that gets out of the way better, and is better in new snow as well; as the tip gives you a lot more float. As for forgiveness: the tail of the Bonafide has rocker, so it releases differently than the FX. FX is softer in the tail, but more pop. Bonafide quite stiff and punchy when loaded, but if not loaded, won't give as much back. I was skiing the FX94 in bulletproof groomers early in the year, when it was all we had. It was really a fun ski; probably the best hard snow carver north of 90mm I have been on. Bonafide was sub-par. It held well, but was too damp and had no energy. Just a big lazy GS ski, which really wasn't what I was looking for. I like something with some pop and sizzle on the groomers. When skiing them back to back last spring in softer new snow, the Bonafide allowed me to ski much faster. That is partially due to the profile, and partially due to the length.
Bottom line for me: If I was looking for a softer snow ski; crud and new snow, and leaning toward GS turns, I would get the Bonafide. Great at that kind of skiing. For a daily driver with everything (which would be bumps, groomers, off-piste when it hasn't snowed much), the FX is significantly better in the majority of conditions. It just doesn't have the soft snow ease of the Bonafide. I feel I could have a really good day skiing zipper-line bumps on it, crusty tree skiing, and firm groomers, as well as soft snow. Bonafide would give me an even better time in soft snow conditions, but is too much work in that other stuff. I took a demo Bonafide into a steep icy bump run the other day at our local 2013 demo and boy; not a bump ski. In comparison, I could ski them very aggressively zipper line on the Outland 87. If you aren't a heavy guy, the Bonafide gives you tons of float, and you won't need a wider ski for really anything. I skied up to 18" of new and didn't need a wider ski on my pair. The FX94 is good up till about 8-10" of new, in comparison, then it becomes more work.
I hope this helps. Both are great skis, but not really comparable as they were designed for different conditions. The BMX98 and Bonafide are the 2 that are in the same performance range and geared toward the same snow conditions.