I found the Brahma much more manageable than the Bonafide in tight spaces and bumps, no doubt, so that might be worth something, depending on where you lived and how big you are. I could ski it as my everyday ski, whereas I wouldn't be happy on the Bonafide. When I got the Brahma into higher speed off-piste wind-blown skiing, it was pretty solid, finished the turn better than the Peacemaker, and easy to load the tip on especially, compared to the Bonafide. Neither were as smooth and easy as the FX94 in the junk, or the Stormrider 95. They just added another 15% in stability and smoothness. Both are worth testing before purchasing anything: they ski so well, but are also a bit of a price premium over the other skis.
For our testing, it seemed like the major brand skis all were within spitting distance of each other. One could easily make a case that they best liked the Steadfast, REV 85, Brahma, Mag 8.5ti, Kendo, Outland 87, 88xti, or name your other preferred 85-90mm ski here. There is no ski among those $599-699 skis that was really head and shoulders above the others. They all skied really well, it just came down to things like flex pattern as to which worked best for us, as well as preferred terrain. For example, the Steadfast was the best at speed on groomers, the REV 85 best in bumps....I know people like to distill things down to the "best" ski, but sorry, it doesn't work like that. If there were a "best ski", I wouldn't have several pair of trade-ins sitting here on consignment, purchases based off of little more than magazine and internet buzz, and swapped for something that actually works for that skier's size and preferred terrain.
I only noticed a difference when we stepped up to the "premium" skis like Kastle and Stockli. They definitely do something above and beyond the other skis. As they should; there is a bit of a difference between $1190/$1200 and $599/$699!
This is perfect. Yep, take any of these and just figure out which fits your skiing persona the best. I would throw the Nordi Hell and Back in there too. The Head REV 85 pro may be the overall winner here. Its a "safe" choice. it did everything well and nothing poorly. Given the price its a hard ski to beat. If I had to buy something now in that range, it would really be a matter of groomed vs, variable performance. If I wanted variable I would take the Brahma, if it's groomed, I think I would still stick with my 8.5ti. If money didn't matter, the 83mx would win.....