Originally Posted by FairToMiddlin
Jim, how do the Bones compare to your Chariots, now that you have them dialed in? You have probably already supplied the comparison before, but please indulge me... when we skied early March, you were mere days away from having Your Guy mount them.
Here is a link to the review I did on them last Spring:
As far as comparing them to my runs on the Bonafides, again they are different animals (but not as different as the Bones vs. the S3's). The first big difference is the amount of camber. The Chariots have a ton.
Second, the Chariots have no early rise but the twin tip does allow them to slarve pretty well with a refined touch.
Third they have mucho side cut, 15m turning radius. Not sure what the Bones have, but it is more than that.
As far as torsional stiffness they may be more similar but I feel like the Chariots are very stiff for what I feel is a lighter ski. The Bones seem a bit more damp & not quite as lively, nothing wrong with that just gives you different feedback when riding them & damp always feels more stable to me in heavy snow or crud. All in all, I think the Chariots are a great ski for someone who likes to ski with high edge angles & rewards the pilot who likes to arc turns whenever possible. Their versatility comes from their width & the Twin Tip design. It is a hard snow ski that performs admirably off piste, in that regard I would rate it in the same category as the Bonifide, just different ;).
I really, really, could luv all 3 skis... Kinda like a blond, a redhead, & a brunette. Maybe that's why I live in a polygamist state !
Wisco- it really comes down to what you want them for. The 3's are easier for sure but it doesn't make them better; just easier to ski, they are not as good on harder snow for sure. I just want you to think what you want them for. Again, I own both types of skis as I think they are so different. If you want something that is going to be super easy in soft snow and soft groomers and are willing to give up stability and crud busting, then S3, if you are OK with going with a more serious ski, considerably more stable, better in firm, piled, wet spring snow, better on hard pack, its the Bones. unless you are less than a level 7, I don't think you would have an issue. You know your skiing and what you like. There's no wrong choice here; really, go with your gut
^+1, I would just add that although both skis are great, there might be something out there that actually fits the bill better for "YOU". Keep asking questions & continue to research. I only chimed in on this thread because I have skied on both skis that you asked about. The great thing in this day & age is that there is something out there that will fit your needs to a tee.