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Sizing for Rocker Skis

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I am new to epic ski. Anyway, I am looking into getting my first pair of rockered skis. I was looking into the Blizzard Bonafide. I was wondering what size I should get. I am 5'8" 150lbs and an expert skiier (I have been skiing 20 years). I currently ski on a pair of 176cm Rossignol B2s and I was thinking about getting the Bonafide in 173cm. But I am not sure if I should get the 180cm Bonafides. Any thoughts?

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Welcome. Have a hunch you'd like a Bonafide in the 173 length, especially at 5'8". I have not skied the Bonafide, but owned the B2's in 176, from what I can tell, Bonafides are significantly beefier and more stabile. Check with Phil or SJ for a more thorough eval; certain they've both skied B2's.

 

Ah, see that you've asked this in other threads. Rule of thumb: If enough people in enough threads say the same thing about the same question, variously phrased, must be true. wink.gif

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Glad you posted the sizing question; I'm debating the same thing:

 

I'm looking at the Bonafides as well & moving to them from my 4th pair of B2's (love Rossi; I only bought one pair & they consistently replaced my skis every time I broke them; starting with the original XX's).

 

You could ski either length (173 or 180) but the full/tip-tail rocker design essentially 'shortens' the ski so a 180 turns like a shorter ski (e.g. 173).

 

I'm 6'1" 225 & leaning toward the 187's (my B2's are 184).

 

I'm not sure how aggressively you ski or the flexibility you want (on v. off-piste); Bonafides seem like the perfect choice for us east-coast skiers: no too wide but wide enough (98mm) & metal/titanium sheets running through the length of the ski so you're more stable at higher speeds (v. the Bushwacker: no titanium).

 

Just my two cents; hope it helps.

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ski2023, at 225#, you should be falling on the 187s, not leaning.

 

mflandon, you haven't said where you ski, how you like the B2s, and what else you will ski besides the Bones (keeping the B2s?).  Not having skied the Bones, but having skied both the B2s and multiple pairs of rockered skis, I would expect that if you like the B2s at 176, you will prefer the Bones at 180 to 173.  And assuming that these will not be a one-ski-quiver, but the soft snow arrow of a quiver of at least two, I would definitely go with the 180 for the additional float.

 

I would, however, suggest that you demo before buying any rockered skis, certainly the Blizzards.  Blizz tends to make lively skis that transmit a lot of information -- good and bad -- about the surface the snow.  That's a tendency that typically gets amplified by rocker, because there's not as much camber to absorb the hits.  The B2, by contrast, is a very damp ski that absorbs rather than transmits information, smoothing out the experience.  Think sports car vs luxury sedan.  You may really dislike the Bones if you like the B2s.

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ski2023, at 225#, you should be falling on the 187s, not leaning.

 

mflandon, you haven't said where you ski, how you like the B2s, and what else you will ski besides the Bones (keeping the B2s?).  Not having skied the Bones, but having skied both the B2s and multiple pairs of rockered skis, I would expect that if you like the B2s at 176, you will prefer the Bones at 180 to 173.  And assuming that these will not be a one-ski-quiver, but the soft snow arrow of a quiver of at least two, I would definitely go with the 180 for the additional float.

 

I would, however, suggest that you demo before buying any rockered skis, certainly the Blizzards.  Blizz tends to make lively skis that transmit a lot of information -- good and bad -- about the surface the snow.  That's a tendency that typically gets amplified by rocker, because there's not as much camber to absorb the hits.  The B2, by contrast, is a very damp ski that absorbs rather than transmits information, smoothing out the experience.  Think sports car vs luxury sedan.  You may really dislike the Bones if you like the B2s.


you have hit upon a long-standing fact about Rossignol high performance skis. Since the 80's at least they have addressed vibration control as a key performance factor in edge hold. This is a common characteristic of French skis to a large extent. At the same moment in gear history, Austrian, Swiss, German manufacturers were placing more value on lively cores with great amounts of pop  and rebound. Both philosophies have won a lot of races. Of course, even a Rossignol GS race ski will feel like it's launching you out of the turns if you do not have a lot of experience on race skis and can control that power.

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