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What length Bonafide-173cm or 180cm?

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I am looking to get a pair of Bonafides. It will be my first rockered ski. I was wondering what length to get--173cm or 180cm. I am an expert skier who ski in the Tahoe area. I am 5'8" and 150lbs. I currently ski on 176cm Rossignol B2s. I am a pretty aggressive skier. But I ski a lot of bumps and trees. Does anyone have thoughts?

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I am looking to get a pair of Bonafides. It will be my first rockered ski. I was wondering what length to get--173cm or 180cm. I am an expert skier who ski in the Tahoe area. I am 5'8" and 150lbs. I currently ski on 176cm Rossignol B2s. I am a pretty aggressive skier. But I ski a lot of bumps and trees. Does anyone have thoughts?

Lots of thoughts...This Long Meadows Ranch Sauvignon Blanc is a damn nice bottle of wine. Oh, for bumps & trees, the 173 would be fun. If you want to go longer go with either the 180 Bushwacker or lighter Kabookie. 

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Philpug-thanks. I'll have to try that wine. Haha. 

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Philpug-thanks. I'll have to try that wine. Haha. 

As the person who's sharing the bottle of wine, I concur 

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Based both on your weight and height i recommend the 173, especially in the trees where I like them to be shorter.

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Do remember with the flip core the ski will ski much shorter than the stated length.

I am you size and will be skiing the 185 cochise.

 

i agree, if you wand a super nimble ski go with the short one. 

 

but you could handle the big ski if you wanted to.

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Do remember with the flip core the ski will ski much shorter than the stated length.

I am you size and will be skiing the 185 cochise.

 

i agree, if you wand a super nimble ski go with the short one. 

 

but you could handle the big ski if you wanted to.


What does the orientation of the core profile have to do with running length.

post #8 of 17

Nothing, but the ski does have early rise so will ski a bit shorterbiggrin.gif

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What does the orientation of the core profile have to do with running length.

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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post

Lots of thoughts...This Long Meadows Ranch Sauvignon Blanc is a damn nice bottle of wine. Oh, for bumps & trees, the 173 would be fun. If you want to go longer go with either the 180 Bushwacker or lighter Kabookie. 


Doubt that vinegar is as fine as my bottle of ADEA Fisher Family Estate Pinot.

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In my experience, the flip core skis haven't skied terribly short for their advertised length.  

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post #11 of 17

not by much, because of the design it doesn't ski short; when on edge there is a lot of contact. What Phil posted is spot-on. although for the dollar, an Oyster bay sauv is a much better choice. You can't go wrong with Ribbonwood sauv either.    go 173 unless you are skiing wide open spaces and mach -schnelling all the time.

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The Bonafides are an odd ski length wise.  They ski short when it is soft and longer when it is hard.

 

My first day on them was in about a foot of new snow and I was sure I should have gone longer but on harder surfaces and in bumps they felt like a lot of ski and that someone 10-20lbs heavier than me might bend them better.   Mine are 180's and I am 170lbs.

 

I think I'd go 173 if I were you.

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Nothing, but the ski does have early rise so will ski a bit shorterbiggrin.gif


Clearly, but that is not a function of the marketing term "flip-core".

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The Bonafides are an odd ski length wise.  They ski short when it is soft and longer when it is hard.

 

My first day on them was in about a foot of new snow and I was sure I should have gone longer but on harder surfaces and in bumps they felt like a lot of ski and that someone 10-20lbs heavier than me might bend them better.   Mine are 180's and I am 170lbs.

 

I think I'd go 173 if I were you.

I agree with what NWJ and others have said. When it comes to the Bonafides, if performance in trees and bumps is important to you,  go shorter. I'm pushing 190lbs and skied the Bonafides in 187cm. Fantastic in the wide open, but a lot of ski in bumps and trees.(Maybe I don't ski fast enough in trees and bumps to optimize the longer ski.)  Based on having demoed the longer ski I opted not to buy the Bonafides. Had I tried the shorter length I probably would have had a better overal impression and bought them. They are,  no doubt, wonderful skis for the right skier.

post #15 of 17

Yeah, that's why I said "nothing" before my statement on early rise.  As in, flip-core has nothing to do with running length.

 

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Clearly, but that is not a function of the marketing term "flip-core".

post #16 of 17

I haven't skied the Bonafides & I know they get great reviews. They are an all mountain ski for sure, but I'm wondering if they are the best all mountain ski for you

 

In your opening post, you mentioned that you like to ski bumps & trees and these skis from what I've read are more on the stiffer side, plus they have metal. From my experience and I am just a bit taller & heavier, metal skis that I tried were always too stiff in the bumps for me, plus metal can bend. So maybe someone on the board who has skied them can give an opinion.

post #17 of 17

I'm 5'9" and 150.  I ski the Bone in 180.  To me, it feels more like a hiking boot than a sneaker.  For that reason, I'd suggest the 173.  Personally, I don't find the ski too stiff.  It's probably more damp and substantial, although not noticeably heavy.

 

As for sauvignon blanc, I'm more of a California guy.  I'd recommend Honig or Mason.

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