Following is a quote from Beyond which is so cogent, that I think it deserves not be lost in it's original thread. This was originally posted Re: the Blizzard "flipcore" skis and QFT on all points but it honestly relates to all of our ski choices and also sorting out the free lunch that is promised by the "rocker revolution"
So.....with that intro, here is maybe a more focused look at these new ski choices. My own favorite ski category is the 95-98mm all mountain group. I'll always own narrower and I'll usually own wider, but over the last several years, these are the types of ski that "live in my car 24/7". Meaning...........if I can bug out of work near the end of the day or come in a little late and get in a few runs, these are the skis that will cover 95% of the Tahoe conditions pretty well. I have had the Blizzard Bonafide in this spot for over a year but it has had a very close contender or two all along. I'll use two of my own personal favorite skis to illustrate some differences here which might influence a skier looking to make a model choice for a new purchase. Keep in mind that there are gazillions of great skis in the range that I'm mentioning here but these two are very illustrative of the differences.
Blizzard Bonafide: The thing that worked so well for me with the Bonafide is the balance of skills. In a normal season, I'll ski 75% of the time off the groomed trails. The tip and tail rise of the Bonafide gives the ski a smeary and forgiving feel in mixed snow and the even flex of medium stiffness allows the ski to flex and hence to turn well in deeper snow where flex is the most important factor. Because the Bonafide has camber in the center section of the ski, the skier has a solid base for the skier to recover to when out of balance. When the Bonafide is at lower angles or approaching crossunder, the tip and to a lesser extent the tail definitely feel disconnected and the tip displays a bit of flappage. At higher angles, the tip and tail touch down and feel more secure. It's important to note however that while the full extent of the ski is receiving contact, the maximum pressure occurs from the end of the cambered section. Thus, despite the tip touching down, it is really not fully engaged. This is not a huge deal but definitely changes the feel of the ski.
Nordica Enforcer: This is a ski that has been among my favorites for several years. The Enforcer is a classic wood/metal layup like the Bonafide and others in this class but the thing that set it apart in the past was the near perfect balance of flex for my tastes. With no real rocker deal to talk about, the Enforcer is old news these days and for sure, it has a little less off trail/mixed snow maneuverability than the Bonafide. However, the Enforcer has a more solid and traditional feel when on the packed surfaces either groomed or just skied out. When the Enforcer passes through the various phases of the turn, the tip engages normally and "pulls" from the end of the contact area. The Enforcer also finishes and redirects with the full length contact at the tail of a conventional ski. For someone without the many other skis that I have access to, this ski could in fact be an even better choice than the Bonafide. Since I have several firm snow skis to choose from, the Bonafide is my choice in this width range but the Enforcer is sooooo close in overall skills, it could have easily been the #1 call for my preferences.
So.....as you can see, the compromises that a skier is willing to make are reflective of their preferences. I choose to compromise in one direction while someone else might make the opposite call.