"Liv2ski and Beyond", (Beyond...what kind of tree's Jeffrey Pines, Sugar Pines? I need more specifics since this thread was about tree's...of wait...it was'nt....) Both of you need to relax and though I don't know "Trekchick", or either of you "Gentlemen", she's not attacking your abilities, as your both responding to in your own manner.
The TST is a no brainer pow ski..I own it - I've got 20 days on it in all conditions and yes in the Seirra's and beyond and go figure...in a variety of tree runs, chutes, etc....(though I did'nt measure any distances between trees) ..I'm 6' 210 and it holds a ton of speed on groomers, 50+ mph, but it is EASY and its a great entry pair for pow skiers for upper intermediates.
Yeah I can say and be fact based, as I'm an xracer, expert skier, but also humble enough to know when one of my pairs is indeed easy, entry level pow ski, when its the truth. The tip rocker alone on the TST matches or exceeds CM rocker on much larger pow ski's...again...turn initiation is brainless. (I call it my hangover ski) Does'nt mean your less of a skier.....when someone tells the truth.
She(Trekchick) gave ya a shot as well to back down and you actually dug yourselves in deeper.( In my view, which is all that matters.)
Its been several months and I normally would never respond to static such as this, but felt inclined to share "facts" that are backed up with ability and fairness.
ps: Try the Katana's in a 191 for your nice tree runs you measure, should you want to make a statement...I have those too....
Ability is not measured by the ski, but the skier. Chill out.
Ok, enough of that...TST's vs. Bonafide's? Great question....
TST vs. the Bonafide: Different ski's all together. (I've skied both extensively) A. The TST is indeed an incredible ski to tear up the entire mtn. with "INCREDIBLE EASE" Allows for mistakes without any punishment and for myself, it does have a MPH limit on the groomers, even with the flatter tail...probably around 50mph on groomers, which isnt bad for that much tip rocker! The tips get flapping pretty well, however never a bother....still a super fun ski...but easy, easy, easy to ski everywhere.
Bonafide: I count not find the MPH limit on groomers on this ski. Took it out with the TST's over several days in Mammoth during the week, where folks are sparse......even starting out, you can feel the ski wants to take off, which is fanstatic...however it requires an experts touch in the tree's and chutes, loose, chopped up snow and rewards plenty when managed as such. Great power to crush crud... On the groomers, there is not another ski I have found, other than the Mantra, (slightly stiffer) that will hold at a high MPH over 90 waist category.