Hope your day job doesn't depend on memory or accuracy. In order:
1) Saying something has a frontside bias is not in any way shape or form speaking against its crud or bump performance. Both of which are more common on lift-served groomers, if you think about it. Moreover, while it's always helpful to cherry pick one source that supports one's argument, the reality is that all reviewers I've come across (including Phil) think highly of the E98 and have noted its versatility. The main issue about the E98 is its beef; it's a pretty stiff ski that asks for someone who knows what they're doing. Not your grandfather's Rossi. A few reviewers have found it a bit much.
2) Here's Dawcatching's review in which he mentions 25 mph: "BMX88: no changes, previous review w/updates:
new ski for 2012, shares the rockered tip and early rise tail of the 98, similar construction to the 98, with no metal. A much different ski than the MX88. Still 88mm underfoot.
Review, skied in 178cm: This ski was fun, playful, quick, and easy to ski. It felt somewhat similar to the Bushwacker from Blizzard, but had a bit more pop in the tail, whereas the Bushwacker was a touch more damp. With the soft, forgiving tip, it was a great bump ski, and a good carver. I was really able to lay the BMX88 over, the rockered tip really pulls you into the turn, and the ski, being softer in the tail, can really give you some pop during the finish. Great mid-radius carver, provided you aren't cooking speeds above 25mph...Good ski, quite mellow, not my personal favorite, but will make a lot of people
Oh, it's the wrong ski you're building your case on. Hey, that's OK, bet the BMX98 really sucks too. Only 10 mm wider, so must be about the same. Here's his review:
"BMX98: no changes, but I have skied this extensively over the past year. I really put my pair through the paces at Snowbird on a day with icy crust underneath and up to 12” of new on top.
Review: this ski is close to a do-it-all tool. It isn't as exciting or powerful as a metal laminate ski, but when the snow gets fairly deep, rough and choppy, having a ski such as this really comes in handy. Unlike the narrower skis, I like the fact that this one isn't too stiff: it allows me to ski a slightly longer length, and get more float and forgiveness out of the flexing and rockered tip. This ski is moderately rockered: just enough rise to get out of soft snow, but not enough to become detatched and fish-out-of-water floppy at speed on firmer surfaces. It really rocks in 3-d snow: talking crud and bumps. There is great flow to the ski; it seems to conform well to variable surfaces. Especially in bumps: this is as good as a 100mm wide ski gets in bumps. Trees, and variable snow there too, I found the BMX98 to be predictable, quiet, and damp. No drama! On soft groomers, it was stable, smooth, not too exciting, but got the job done. I don't think I would look at this ski as a primarily groomer ski; there are too many other choices that have more energy and hold. In crud, in a wide open bowl, the BMX98 comes into the top tier of skis. There aren't many this responsive, this smooth and stable. Plus, with the forgiving flex tip and tail, and the very moderate rocker, I can really work my feet fore and aft and follow the terrain variations. This is a big plus for me, as I struggle to do this on stiffer skis. We had a chance to straight line a couple of chutes into some moderate mandatory air (I am usually a chicken) yet the ski was confident. If I could only own 1 ski for all of my skiing, this is in the top 3. It has the right width for a pretty large number of days.
Where/when I would like to use this ski: on any road trip, provided I am going to a location that has great off-piste terrain, bumps, trees, tight chutes. It is one ski that can handle anything, and do it well. Where I wouldn't prefer this ski: skiing groomers, stuck on a small hill with little terrain. The BMX98 isn't super exciting to ski, but it is super solid in a wide range of conditions.
Does well: handle any type of big mountain, off-piste terrain with ease
Does not do well: not really a hard snow ski, boring on groomers
Oh, OK so they suck so hard he owns a pair. That happens...
And here he is in this thread, second post, specifically replying to your BMX characterization: "The BMX98 does not have a reasonable speed limit. Maybe if you ski it too short, or aren't staying in the middle of the ski, but I haven't run into any issues of concern. I let them rip at some crazy speeds on Regulator Johnson (that big crud field at Snowbird) w/o issues. If I find myself wanting for a stiffer ski, I know it would be something longer and stiffer like a 185cm Cochise, at which expense would be skied out trees and bumps, which are way easier on the shorter BMX98."
Oh, OK, so Dawg's psychotic breaks are getting more frequent. We're all embarrassed. He doesn't even know what ski he's talking about. Sad...
3) Here's your quote about the Bushwacker: "...but the lack of metal in the Kabookie concerns me, as it was said this is a fatter Bushwacker." So that statement appears to be a syllogism along these lines: If Kabookies are wider Bushwackers, then they will have metal. Hidden premise: Bushwackers have metal. Test: Kabookies do not have metal. Conclusion: Therefore they are not wider Bushwackers. So looks to me like your argument is based on false premises. Which is what I replied to. Regardless of what you really meant, or flexing stuff, or trying to use "rheological" to describe a hard solid.
4) And along English useage, "low ampitude of the early rise," especially "combined with a shallow shovel rise" is a new one for me, but I guess you're trying to say that the BMX98 doesn't have enough early rise for crud. Again, cherry picking reviews (my review, Dawgs and others have not found this, it's actually very good in crud for a moderate flex 98 mm ski), but all good. It certainly doesn't bash crud like say a Legend 105 or ride up it like a Bonafide. Mainly, if you sound technical, kinda engineer-speak, it allows you to get back to the "mediocrity" theme, which is key at this point.
Look, if you find yourself so deep into this that you can't backtrack, then all good. You're right. The BMX is a truly mediocre ski. Like Dawcatching said.