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Decisions, decisions....Looking for some opinions on two categories of skis.

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Me: 6' 1" 205lbs , Type lll skier, 39 yrs. old. 20 -30 days/yr.

Skiing in the Canadian Rockies, Fernie, Kicking Horse, Castle, Lake Louise...

Skiing style, I prefer all turn types, soft snow, 70% off piste, 30% on piste. ( If there's snow! )

Looking for recommendations in both the 98mm daily driver and 112+mm powder arenas.

Have been reading numerous reviews on multiple sites and have had a chance to demo a few models last year, it was a Rossignol demo day so E98 187, and s3 186 .
Anything from boot top fresh to slushy mank and soft pack groomers in Kimberley, BC.

I liked the e98 but had no wow factor with the ski, stable and solid, perhaps a bit demanding for a daily driver. The s3 was fairly fun, easy to turn, just maybe a bit soft for my size.

Rented an s7 some weeks later with the hope of hitting some deep snow but there was
little to be found the day I got on them. Crazy easy to turn in what snow there was and perhaps a contender in my powder choices. Centered skiing is a newer technique for me but was easy to figure out on these skis. Used to driving the tips more in the past but as I age, I'm not charging much anymore.

I have potentially purchased Nordica Hell and Back's in a 185 but I'm having second thoughts that maybe a Blizzard Bonafide 187 or Line Prophet98 186 may be a better option for me. I am buying within the week on the 98 mm skis and will have no option to demo.

As for the fatter end of the skis, considering a Line Opus 192, perhaps a Blizzard Gunsmoke 186,
S7 188, and open to other choices.

I may be over thinking the 98 mm category as I perceive the Hell and Back and Bonafide to have similar traits, but would appreciate some further feedback from the good folks on this forum. Missed the Starthaus deal by a day or two! Dang!

Thanks for reading,

Steve biggrin.gif
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Welcome to Epic.  I haven't skied the Hell and Back but I own and love my Steadfasts, basically just a narrower Hell and Back.  I ski 70-80% off piste and they are light and nimble in the trees, handle well enough for me in the bumps and of course they're fine in powder.  When I have to get on a groomer to find a lift they have great edge grip, even when the snow is pretty hard.  Hope that helps.

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Thank you mtcyclist, have read a couple of your posts and hope the same holds true for the Hell and Back. Is the tail the same between the two? That flat tail has me a bit concerned. The shop I bought them at also carries the Blizzard line up, and if folks here felt the Bonafide had more float and tree performance might do a switch before they mount ' em.

Regards,

Steve
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You skied the E98 too long for your size. 180 is plenty. 

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Thank you mtcyclist, have read a couple of your posts and hope the same holds true for the Hell and Back. Is the tail the same between the two? 

 

My guess is that it is the same but the shop should be able to confirm that.  Lots of people here like the Bones.

post #6 of 10
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Markojp, tried the 180 as well on the demo day, actually tried it first. Did not care for that length at all, which IMO is weird, it's only 7 cm, but much preferred the 187. May have been the tune on he 180 or just my ability in those few hours. I like the e98, just thinking of a less serious ski perhaps.

Cheers.
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yeah, that's the problem with demos... ski tune, different ramp angles, etc... The E98 was a bit of a puzzle on day 1 for me for sure. Wasn't sure that I liked it. Seemed the mount was too far forward, etc... but after a day and some serious commitment to really driving rather than rideing, I have to say they rock. Any boot less that 120'ish, I'd doubt would drive it well, but that's just a thought, not a fact by any means.

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Thread Starter 

Thanks again for the replies markojp. The E98 is a very good ski, of that I have no doubt, just looking for something more on the soft snow end of the spectrum.  I may be splitting hairs here between the Bonafide and Hell and Back as either ski will probably work for me.  There are just so many good products as of late.  I've even considered the Soul Rider as an option, stiffer than an s3 but more playful than the bones & HB.

 

On the powder end of things, dying to try the Line Mr. Pollards Opus, looks like pure fun. 

Snowing here again and two local hills have opened!! Limited runs but hey it's October!!

 

Regards,

 

Steve

post #9 of 10

I think you're looking in the right direction. Go playful, or go home?  smile.gif  (Yes, agreed, I certainly don't really think of the E98 or Bonefide as 'playful' skis, that's for sure!)

post #10 of 10
Thread Starter 
Pulled the trigger on the powder side of things today... Line Mr.Pollards's Opus are ready to ride!
It better snow this winter. biggrin.gif

Last year was a slow start but some ridiculous days later and record snowfall for many resorts up this way.

Gave the go ahead for the other ski shop to mount the Hell & Backs, sales guy said if I don't like them I can bring them back and they'll get me into something else. I'm liking that customer service. Big thumbs up!!

Very excited for the upcoming season! biggrin.gif
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