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Blizzard Bonafides ... I am a believer!

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Hi all. I have been been researching skis as looking to buy a new pair. A bit of background on me ... 5' 8'' 175lbs. Been skiing for 20 years and get out about 30-35 days a year. I like to ski bumps and trees but also spend time on groomers with kids. I ski mostly northeast and VT.

I spent past 3 days up at Stowe and demo'd the 2 skis I had narrowed down to in my search ... 170cm Nordica Steadfasts and 173cm Blizzard Bonafides. First day was on steadfasts and as expected they are quite light and playful. Temps were in low 30's and snow started a bit hardpack but then softened up. The steadfasts were very responsive in tight quarters and skied very well through the bumps and trees. I did though find they were a bit unstable on high speeds and chattered a fair amount on harder type crud, although still more stable than my current ski (168cm Volkl titanium all stars). Overall I enjoyed the steadfasts and ended the day thinking I would be happy to purchase them.

Day 2 was on Bonafides in similar conditions, although snow a bit softer as warmer through the night and day. After 1 run on bonafides I had made up my mind that these skis are my next purchase! They were also very reponsive in bumps and tight quarters (and even a bit more than the steadfasts), but actually I found them much more stable in harder snow and held control incredibly well at high speeds. I have not been on a ski that made me feel so in control in all situations and just turned effortlessly when asked. I now fully understand why nearly every review of the bonafides are so positive. This is truly the best ski that I have ever been on and gave me another level of confidence on the snow.

There was no freshies when I was there so cannot comment on them in any powder, but the front rocker and wider width vs steadfasts would make me feel confident they would perform well in deeper east coast snow.

Thanks to all who have posted comments on these 2 skis as this helped me narrow down my selection. Now just need to find the bonafides at a good price as it seems they are in very low supply.

Also, the guys at Pinnacle Sports where I demo'd skis were fantastic. Very knowledgeable, friendly and a great price for a full days demo.
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I am quite surprised that you think the Steadfasts are unstable at high speed or that they chattered. I'm into my second season on mine and have never experienced any chatter with them. When I ski a groomer back to a lift I ski quite fast and they hold a line very well even when doing high-speed GS turns.
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Originally Posted by glennlaj View Post
 ... 5' 8'' 175lbs. ...First day was on steadfasts and as expected they are quite light and playful. ...I did though find they were a bit unstable on high speeds and chattered a fair amount on harder type crud, although still more stable than my current ski (168cm Volkl titanium all stars). 

IME, chatter is mostly about technique, although tuning can be involved. th_dunno-1[1].gif Glad you found your ideal ski, though...

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Yes I was surprised about chatter as had not seen reviews that suggested this happens with steadfasts. I actually went into demo planning to buy steadfasts but gave the Bonafides a look. I also skied each ski on different days and steadfast day was colder and harder pack snow. Again,I thought both were purchasable by me but just was incredibly impressed with Bonafides as they worked for me extremely well.
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Yes I was surprised about chatter as had not seen reviews that suggested this happens with steadfasts. I actually went into demo planning to buy steadfasts but gave the Bonafides a look. I also skied each ski on different days and steadfast day was colder and harder pack snow. Again,I thought both were purchasable by me but just was incredibly impressed with Bonafides as they worked for me extremely well.

 

Then don't look back and buy the Bonafides.  I personally didn't care for either ski.  I owned the Steadfast last year and had the same problem you had with them being very chattery.  So much so I sold them beginning of this ski year.  What ski did I sell them for?  Blizzard Bonafides.  Skied them during the holidays and hated that ski as well and sold it.  I own 4 pair of Line skis and a pair of Kastles and love all 5 pair of skis I own.  I wanted to love both the Steadfast and the Bones but didn't care for either ski.  Doesn't mean they aren't good skis they just didn't fit my style.  I have found that this forum is a fun place to hang but take any advice on skis, including mine with a huge grain of salt, we all ski differently and just because a ski works for one person doesn't mean it will work for someone else.  Glad you dig the Bonafides and buy them and don't worry about what anyone else says.

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I've got three days now on my new Bonafides and I skied lines yesterday I've never skied before and could never imagine skiing before. Of course it's still mostly arms and elbows but what a super stable platform to work from.

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looking forward to getting my (used) bonnies and trying them out....

 

i also have the steadfasts and rossi s3, both of which i enjoy.

...so will try out the bonnies, and see if I like 'em or not and decide which skis  to let go

 

for hardpack and carver days i have the kastle mx78

(used lately here in vancouver as it's cold with no new snow here for last 4 or so days)

....and for true (deep) powder days ie whistler or interior, then i have a pair still to be tried out (used) bent chetlers.


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