Been up at Nub's Nob in northern Michigan since Thursday. Brought 4 pair of skis I own and really found something very interesting. All my favorite skis are Lines. I bougth my first pair of Lines in 2010. A pair of Prophet 100's in 172. I still own them but didn't bring them up with me. I brought up my:
2012 Line Influence 105's in 179
2013 Line Mr. Pollard's Opus in 178
2013 Blizzard Bonafides in 180
2013 Kastle LX82's in 172
I skiied all 5 days and would ski one ski for a few hours and then switch them up. Usually rode 3 skis a day. What really shocked me is I didn't care for the way the Bonafide skiied at all. After reading all the hype and reviews I thought I'd love it but in the end for that size underfoot ski I thought the Influence 105 was way more my thing. I found that the Influence 105 just seemed to turn with no effort. I felt the Bonafides seemed to take way more energy and they didn't seem to turn nearly as quick as my 105's. While the 105's turned way quicker I didn't feel I lost any charging ability. So in essence I got all the big mountain feel out of the 105's that the Bonafides had with a quicker turning ski. So I am definitely selling the Bonafides.
Then when I skiied the MPO's I found for such a fat ski they turned almost as quick as the Influences. They might actually be my favorite ski of alltime. They turned and skiied so awesome I couldn't believe it. And that is on Michigan snow. It wasn't ice but it sure wasn't soft either. I was so shocked at how great they turned it blew me away.
The Kastle's were the easiest to ski and used them mostly after 4-5 hours on the bigger skis to give my legs a break. They are also the perfect ski to tour around in with my kids who are 14, 12 and 6. They just turn on a dime. I am very happy I bought those skis.
In the end I am really happy with my quiver and once the Bonafides sell I might even add the Sir Francis Bacon's just to have another really playful ski that is alittle narrower than the MPO's. Again I was really allset to love the Bones but they just didn't do it for me. The one thing all the skis I love have in common are their turning radius. They are between 16-18 and the Bones are 21 so maybe I have found my sweet spot when it comes to turning radius.