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post #31 of 40
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Originally Posted by DanLassen View Post

Thanks, but I got my E98s for $350, half price, here at home.  How was the Idaho season this year?  My wife and I spent some time a few years back in Boise, and we really liked it.  Pretty gnarly snake of a road up to Bogus Basin, though...

Our season has been skimpy this year (2 in a row). With 70 degree temps in the valley it will soon be time to break out the mountain bikes, river rafts, kayaks, and tennis gear--I know, it's a tough place to live. You are definitely right about the road to Bogus Basin--perhaps the toughest drive of any resort I've been too. I can almost do it with my eyes closed by now though. I'd try it if it would guarantee a couple of feet of new snow and extend our season for a month. 

post #32 of 40
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Originally Posted by maowv View Post

I visit her as often as possible, no matter the weather forecast. The skiing is merely an unintended benefit.

 


Now that's not a cynical married man's comment.  Kudos to you fiance guy!  Try not to lose that thought process or you will likely find yourself on the couch regularly.

 

On the upside, however, that would create more time to ski biggrin.gif

post #33 of 40
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Originally Posted by DanLassen View Post

Thanks, but I got my E98s for $350, half price, here at home.  How was the Idaho season this year?  My wife and I spent some time a few years back in Boise, and we really liked it.  Pretty gnarly snake of a road up to Bogus Basin, though...

Where did you find them for $350?

post #34 of 40
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Originally Posted by JB Smoovee View Post

Where did you find them for $350?

Hughes Ski Hut.  Chico, California.  530 891-4032.  They still have a pair of 188cm E98s for $350 and a pair of 176cm Volkl RTM 84 with bindings for $499.  All their bindings are 50 percent off as well, so my E98s were $450 mounted...

post #35 of 40

FWIW................at my 210# the Mantra didn't come alive for me until I went from the 177 to the 184 (fully cambered versions). It's now my daily driver. Tried the Bones in 180 and 187. Liked 'em both but couldn't tell much difference between the two lengths.

post #36 of 40
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But Like I said I will try the Bonafide 180 cm skis and give them a few more days.

At Mammoth that's likely next season.  I demoed the 180 Bonafides from Footloose Dec. 8, returned Dec. 17 to buy.  New ones were sold out so I bought the demo.

post #37 of 40
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Originally Posted by vincefaro View Post


 

Bonafide --- The skis felt heavy probably too long I felt they were lead sleds on my feet. Im not sure why people like this feeling .

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

slower speeds and crappy snow not where this ski excels. Give it a foot of snow and they suddenly get very responsive and i cant find a speed limit with them. The extra length is welcome given optimum conditions. Not sure a rockered ski is that great for hard snow

post #38 of 40
I have bonafides in 180, two pairs, resort and backcountry.great skis. In the backcountry I encounter all conditions, including powder.
While in resort I ski katanas in powder,i felt the bonafides did really well in powder, evenin heavy wet snow.
Sdi I think
post #39 of 40
I have bonafides in 180, two pairs, resort and backcountry.great skis. In the backcountry I encounter all conditions, including powder.
While in resort I ski katanas in powder,i felt the bonafides did really well in powder, evenin heavy wet snow.so I think they would do ok as one ski quiver
Sdi I think
post #40 of 40
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Originally Posted by vincefaro View Post

I finally got to demo the Bones. The only one I could find was the 187 at Kittredge in Mammoth . I previously demoed the Volkl Mantras size 177 in Mammoth , I absolutely loved them. They were great . Anyway I thought I should give the Bones a try since they are so coveted by so many. 

 

First me 6' 2"  195 advanced skier, Love to carve the turns I don't do alot of tree sking or off piste. I guess I am the guy who wants a one ski quiver, that can do it all like these skis promise to do . That may change . more on that later. 

 

 

Mammoth conditions . Warm mostly spring sking with some powder on a few runs . Not much . Slush on lower runs. Fast hard on upper mountain. 

 

 

Bonafide --- First off the skis were similar on the groomers to the Mantras . Stable at speed , good turns , stable on crud. Fast.  The powder that I could find was minimal , but the skis were very comfortable in it. That was a plus. Overall The skis felt heavy probably too long I felt they were lead sleds on my feet. Im not sure why people like this feeling . The Mantras felt light and nimble and just as stable maybe more stable.

That's interesting, I find my experience on the two to be completely opposite.  I find the Bonafides in 187 are very light weight for their size and also very nimble and turny at slower speeds, pretty much the opposite of "sled like," I'd even consider them playful.  (I am 6'3', 220)  Because of that, I do not find them to be particularly good "big mountain" skis off-piste.  I actually find myself wishing they were a bit beefier/heavier/stiffer in Squaw crud and Sierra cement and am looking forward to try the Cochise and see if they are better off-piste in those conditions than the Bones.   I love them in everything else though and I'm on them 90% of the time.  I can tell you my Kästle MX88's in 188 are WAY heavier and damper than the Bones and feel much more "sled like" at slower speeds--those things you really need to dial up the speed before they come alive at all.

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