Well, I bought a pair of each and now just need to decide and mount one of them up (and return the other).
About me: 42 y/o, 5'11". 230 lbs... former HS and college racer (poorly.. I was in it for the beer and the chicks). Former ski shop wrench monkey/sales guru/stone grind mangler... so I get a little bit about ski tech but I'm a dinosaur... coming around to all this new cool kid mid-fat, stubby ski stuff.
I ski in the East most of the time (whichever way the wind is blowing me that day.. Stowe, Jay Peak, Waterville, Sunday River... or wherever there is a lift ticket deal to be had). I have fantasies of skiing out West... maybe not this year but next year for sure. Jackson Hole is my favorite, second being Vail. I know.. weird! What can I say. I enjoy both places.
I usually ski the groomers, and prefer to make fast carving turns. I have a love/hate relationship with bumps.. love em when they are big, soft and not too steep.. hate em when they are icy, tight and steep. Plus, ruptured my Quad tendon 3 years ago so I'm skittish about pounding the bumps all day. Hey, I'm 42.. that's for younger kids. LOVE to ski powder.. DUH! haven't done it on one of these new fangled fat skis... but if I can blow through hip/chest deep blower in Vail, J-hole and Targhee on 207 cm. Rossi 7S... I think I could probably make it happen on these new fangled cheater skis.
Weaknesses: Skiing chopped up crap... I just seem to get tossed around too much and don't feel like I can control my speed. Trees.. don't ski them often... so I'm sort of a "not sure how to do this" guy... but I need to get better at both of these skills.
Currently ski a Salomon X-Scream Series in a 191. Yeah, it's time to upgrade. Kids are older and finally in school now.. and I have some free time on my hands. Let's ski, baby!
Okay, that was a long intro.
I have in my possession a pair of Blizzard Bonafides in 180 and Nordica Steadfast in 178. I demo'd the Steadfast in that length a week ago at Waterville Valley the day after that big storm. (and Hell and Back in a 185). I have to say.. both skis were a revelation! The Hell and Back was way more agile than I expected it to be and damn if that thing didn't have huge edge hold in GS style turns! But... it seemed a bit... "much" for my everyday skiing experience so I took a spin on the Steadfast. I almost immediately liked them. Really light... noticeably light... but plenty of edge hold and stability. Super quick edge to edge when called for and you didn't have to flog em to snap of some really nice carved short turns... but if you tipped em over and banked on em they would ride out a real nice GS turn too. And the weirdest thing... you could just pivot those things on a dime through choppy little bumps.. could "smear" (not skid... ) them side to side like nothing... so light, so flickable. Really, a cool ski.
So, I was all set on the Steadfast until.... I got stupid and started reading all the reviews. And in my years I've rarely seen a ski get such universal love-fest praise like the Bonafide. So I read every review, viewed very video and compared all the numbers in every category and it seemed like the Bonafide would be even better for me.. just as agile (or close to) and excellent on hard snow carve turns as the steadfast, just as "smear-able" due to the minimal tip/tail rocker but the wider waist and metal would make em blast through crappy snow much better (weakness #1) and they got incredible reviews for off-piste skiing including trees (weakness #2).
All set to buy them until I went to a shop and... the guys there were split over which ski was better. Both guys had bought and owned either the Steadfast or the Bonafide and they made compelling arguments for each.
So... thoughts? I am going to try and arrange a demo on the Bonafides asap.. but tough to do around here and honestly I just want to mount one of these babies up and go rip!
Thanks for reading my Novella and I appreaciate any feedback you might have. Especially if you have skied on either (both) for East Coast skiing.