First time poster with a couple of Blizzard questions.
About me - East coast skier, 47 years old, 5'5" 157 lb midget , very athletic however with short powerful legs/rear, still in the gym most days. Did a lot of skiing in my younger days and was an aggressive fast twitch short radius type that loved to zipper bumps. For various reasons I quit skiing about 15 years ago but I am now back in the game. If I an honest with myself I am probably an "8" now in ability. I do feel like Rip Van Winkle as I have been out demoing skis for the last several weeks and all I can say is that equipment has made this a truly different sport relative to the days of straight skis that I remember. Most of my skiing now is flat light evening/night skiing , hard pack, boilerplate, "bumps", frozen "bumps", crud, refrozen crud, with some actual snow thrown in every now and then.
To make a very long story short(er), I demoed many skis in the 78-98mm variety and every time I kept coming back to the Bonafide in 173 as my favorite. I really did not want to like this ski as I know it is not what I am supposed to be using out here…but it is what it is. Here is why I think I am partial to this particular ski. When trying out the modern skis, I quickly learned what a real modern carve is. I used to be a slalom water skier and this move seemed obvious and natural to me. I also quickly learned that in true eastern boilerplate, I do not have the skill set to truly carve, hold an edge yes, carve no (at least at ~80mm under foot). I also found that if the snow had any "softness" to it at all it did not matter much what ski I used, that carving was doable. So this left various degrees of hard pack where I may or may not gain an advantage to having a thinner waist ski. But the advantages of the Bonafide were game changing to me. Good hold, quick in the bumps, GREAT in off light (who cares what is in front of you, just point your tips and go…no worries). And when I do actually find loose uniform snow, it is magic relative to a skinny ski. The Bonafide, of all the skis I tried, was also the most predictable on boilerplate. It generally could hold an edge and when she did give, it was telegraphed, smooth, and seamless, and the edge generally would re-engage quickly. I look at this ski as a true game improvement ski for me on the conditions I routinely face. My only reservation is that at times, with my size, it does feel a bit planky and quite a bit of work, particularly when skiing refrozen crud. I tried a Bushwacker in 173 and felt that it was too unstable at speed and through crud and was not enough ski for me @ 173. I did find the Bushwacker to be one of the easiest skis to truly carve with however. Whatever Blizzard is doing, it seems to jibe with my skiing style. So here are my questions.
- Would a Kabookie in 173 be a better fit for me? Would I get most of the advantages of the Bone but maybe in a bit more user friendly ski for me at my weight? Again, I am drawing a distinction between true carving and ease of use on the real slick stuff. How would the Kabookie handle the refrozen junk relative to the Bonafide, would it be damp enough for me? I can get a deal on a Kabookie in 173 now and I am thinking of pulling the trigger. What scares me a bit is a quote from Dawgcatching in a review where he talks about the Bone being a super stable platform where guys can slide into a turn. I’m wondering if this is why I like the Bone so much on the boilerplate and super hard pack. Will I get the same performance with the Kabookie?
- Finally, should I not get so OCD about this stuff and just buy the darn Kabookies…they are even demos for @#$@ sake…and sell them and buy some bones if they don’t cut it. I guess this stuff isn’t life or deathJ