Hey all. Been reading up on a bunch of skis recently, especially a lot of reviews here. The two I narrowed it down to are the Bonafides and the M-Power 8.7 with the full suspension system. I know they are two different animals but the reason I have it narrowed down to them is that I'm looking at two different perspectives. I've heard great things about the Bonafide's all round capabilities and versatility, they really do sound like an awesome ski. However I don't really know if I need that versatility for what I would be doing mostly.
I'm an ex-racer in NE and will most likely be on piste the majority of the time. I still love the feel of really solid edge grip and I know the Bonafides can hold up, but not to the extent of the 8.7. I'm just thinking from a logical stand point from what I would be skiing mostly. There rarely are huge powder days out NE, and I don't think the handful we see out here justifies buying a ski for a minority of types of ski days such as that. Therefore, I'm leaning toward the 8.7s because from what I've heard they are still a solid all mountain ski with limitless top speed that can still bust through crud and whatnot.
Here is my question. How much versatility would you REALLY be giving up by deciding to go with the 8.7s over the Bonafides and is that loss REALLY that detrimental based on the actual conditions and days we see out in the North East? Can these 8.7s still bust through crud like I've been told? I'm a good enough skier that I could ski these in the woods even if they are not ideal, but are these something that you really want to stick to the front side?