I am sure all this has been discussed. I am a new member and if you would like to just point me to the relevant thread, then that would be fine. I would also like to hear from people with more wisdom and insight than I.
I am a competent side country skier... I won't classify myself as Expert, because, well, when that happens and I become an Expert in my own mind I might quit trying, LOL... I ski mostly in the East but am lucky enough for a yearly trip to Alta/Snowbird or Jackson Hole or Telluride... I skied Head Monsters for 10 years, the iM75's... I loved them until I got lucky enough to get some Blizzard Bonafide's, this years model. 180 cm. Wow!! they are awesome. Anyway... I got reasonably good at keeping a good edge on the Monsters using a side edge guide, the Beast base bevel guide and some arkansas and diamond stones. I kept the Monsters at 1/2...
The Bonafides are freakin' awesome on hard pack and near ice and I want to keep them that way. Though.. I am anxious to get them in some some steep western powder. But it is so damn frustrating... Why don't manufacturers freely disseminate the specs that we need to tune our own equipment? What are the factory edges on the Bonafides??? The most consistent information I can find is 1/3... Should I ask Blizzard directly, local ski shop where I bought them (duh!!, LOL)..
So I got to thinking that maybe the edge angles on the Bonafides may be a part of their overll excellent performance on Eastern snow, which, I didn't really expect. I do have to really turn those edges over hard, but when I do... YEA BABY!! I know there is more to that than just the edge angles. But how important in the overall scheme of things are edge bevels, really? And if I am skiing sidecountry out West, do edge bevels matter much at all? And... what are most of the opinions regarding wear as per the edge bevel.... 1, 2 or 3 degrees.
Anyway... Thanx for your consideration.