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post #31 of 35
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Sorry you spent so much time with the review.  I am all set on skis now.  The Bonafide purchase is it for me this year.  I was really just commenting on the fact that "ski safe" most likely hadn't skiied on the Patron.  And I was right.  I agree his passion is a good thing however he shouldn't be giving advice about skis he hasn't skiied.  He recommended a ski to me in one of my threads and then I found out he had never skiied it.  I am all for being passionate about skiing but I don't think you should be giving advice unless you have skiied it.  Yes I did buy the Bonafide without demoing it but from what I have read about it I am pretty sure I'll love it.  However you won't see me talking it up or giving advice about it until I ski on it.  And not just one or two days.  I'll need a few days on it before I would feel comfortable recommending it.

 

 

Good choice.  I think you will be happy with those skis.  Be sure to report back once the season starts as to how you like them.

 

Rick G

post #32 of 35
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I agree his passion is a good thing however he shouldn't be giving advice about skis he hasn't skiied.  He recommended a ski to me in one of my threads and then I found out he had never skiied it.  I am all for being passionate about skiing but I don't think you should be giving advice unless you have skiied it.  Yes I did buy the Bonafide without demoing it but from what I have read about it I am pretty sure I'll love it.  However you won't see me talking it up or giving advice about it until I ski on it.  And not just one or two days.  I'll need a few days on it before I would feel comfortable recommending it.

 

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Now that's just entirely sensible! smile.gif

 

Well, sensible, perhaps, but realistic or fun, well...If we follow the must-ski-for-a-while rule, then 4/5 of the advice on most sites would disappear and we can choose between ski cars, helmet graphics we like, or the upcoming election. eek.gif  We'd also be even more - if that's possible - dependent on the advice of folks here who sell what they give advice on. So IMO, if someone has experience that bears on the ski in question, like having skied a run on it, or skied a previous model, or a similar model from the same brand, or a friend who owns one, or has culled through 25 different reviews in five languages, then they can bring good info to the conversation. As long as they're clear that they haven't skied it. Cuz at the end of the day, I'll take the advice of an experienced skier who's been right on other gear I've tried, and just fondled the ski in a shop over the advice of a newcomer who may or may not be a decent skier and may or may not have ever tried a similar ski before...Just is what it is. th_dunno-1[1].gif

post #33 of 35

The most important thing is not the "qualifications" of the reviewer, but if they share your taste in skis. And the only way to know that is to demo yourself and see who you agree with. For me, its Dawgcatching and Beyond and Bushwacker(before he got banned). 

 

The way you minimize the risk from buying stuff based on reviews online is to pick one that is a great deal and if you don't like it, sell it after a few days and get something else.  Buying a ski based on a review (not a demo) for anywhere close to retail, is a bad idea.  

post #34 of 35

Yep... I've always had a small handful of people that I know share similar tastes in ski performance. If they like something , I know 9 times out of 10 that I'll think it's pretty keen as well. (or visa versa). The trouble with SS's posts is that he hasn't skied anything anywhere for several years now. Even if one was an ex-pro and took a decade off, with all that's going on with ski design, there's no way they'd have any idea of what things would ski like. They'd also have the good sense and previous experience to know what they don't know and actually ask questions rather than parroting the marketing schtick for any particular item.

post #35 of 35

There's nothing wrong recommending some skis that you haven't been on so long as you've read a lot of reviews and have some idea of what type of ski it is.  But yeah, to say these are the best you should definitely get them without having skied them yourself is ridiculous.

 

And +1 to what tramano said, my tastes tend to be similar to a few people around here in particular so I can often get a pretty good idea based on their experiences.

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