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2014 Blizzard Bonafides

post #1 of 30
Thread Starter 
Edit: Ok... I think these are the 2014!!

Got them today in the mail (FedEx). So excited... Now if only there was snow on the mntns!! We're having a heat wave here in NorCal, but here it got dumped in CO!!
Edited by amver - 5/2/13 at 9:14pm
post #2 of 30
Thread Starter 
General public gets them Sept 1st?! Any one else have these ?! Never skied them!

http://www.coloradoskishop.com/Blizzard-Bonafide-Skis-Flat-2014-ski-of-the-year-p/83874200.htm
post #3 of 30

Those are indeed 2014 Bonafides. Because demand was so high this past year, Blizzard released an early run of 2014's. 

post #4 of 30
Jealous!
Got to demo a pair (2012's) this year and felt like they were all they were built up to be. Next spring I will be looking to replace my k2 explorers and the 98 waist seems like the best route for me to go for a one quiver ski. Beside the Bonafide, the Hell and Back has my attention for sure. Really want to demo. There is a new local co. here (portland area) called Deviation and they have a 97 waister that I've heard great things about so I'll give that a try as well.
If anyone has experience skiing Bonafides vs Hell and Backs let me know.
Anyway, those 2014s are beautiful
post #5 of 30
Thread Starter 
twitchy Greg, are u looking at the mantra or the Rossi experience 98 as well? I've heard those two are in direct comprison to the bones!
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Ya I got the Exp 98 over the Bones because I got them for half the price of the Bones.  Still in the wrapper too.  Couldn't pass that up, plus my skiing tends to be more hard snow biased a bit, so the Rossi seemed like a good move.

 

As I understand, the Hell and Backs are a bit more playful and energetic than the Bones.  If you are more of a heavier charger, the Bones are money.  If you're lighter and more finesse, I think the H&B are the shiz.  I haven't demo'd the H&B, but that's what I've read in several places, including here on Epic.

post #7 of 30
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Originally Posted by Gunnerbob View Post

Ya I got the Exp 98 over the Bones because I got them for half the price of the Bones.  Still in the wrapper too.  Couldn't pass that up, plus my skiing tends to be more hard snow biased a bit, so the Rossi seemed like a good move.

 

As I understand, the Hell and Backs are a bit more playful and energetic than the Bones.  If you are more of a heavier charger, the Bones are money.  If you're lighter and more finesse, I think the H&B are the shiz.  I haven't demo'd the H&B, but that's what I've read in several places, including here on Epic.

 

Having skied the Rossi, the Nordica and the Bones I would put a slightly different spin on that.  All very good skis but for me the Bones were the least turny and most groomer oriented, with the Rossi being the dampest and the Nordicas being the most lively. I would guess anyone who likes one or more of these skis would not hate any of them because they really are not all that different. Out of the other side of my mouth I much preferred the Rossi over the other two; I guess I'm a sucker for that "liquid metal" feel some people use to describe Rossi.   

post #8 of 30
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Originally Posted by SquawBrat View Post

 

Having skied the Rossi, the Nordica and the Bones I would put a slightly different spin on that.  All very good skis but for me the Bones were the least turny and most groomer oriented, with the Rossi being the dampest and the Nordicas being the most lively. I would guess anyone who likes one or more of these skis would not hate any of them because they really are not all that different. Out of the other side of my mouth I much preferred the Rossi over the other two; I guess I'm a sucker for that "liquid metal" feel some people use to describe Rossi.   

 

Doesn't Head already have that term trademarked for their skis?

post #9 of 30
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Originally Posted by twitchy greg View Post

Jealous!
Got to demo a pair (2012's) this year and felt like they were all they were built up to be. Next spring I will be looking to replace my k2 explorers and the 98 waist seems like the best route for me to go for a one quiver ski. Beside the Bonafide, the Hell and Back has my attention for sure. Really want to demo. There is a new local co. here (portland area) called Deviation and they have a 97 waister that I've heard great things about so I'll give that a try as well.
If anyone has experience skiing Bonafides vs Hell and Backs let me know.
Anyway, those 2014s are beautiful

That's a common request.  I'm betting you'll get some feedback on that soon. 

post #10 of 30
Thanks for input. I really loved my experience on the bones but the reviews I have read for the H&Bs have been out of the park and I keep thinking about the weight issue. The bones seemed a bit heavy and I've heard H&Bs are remarkably light. I get a bit conservative in steeper stuff and prefer controlled hop, pedal turns to control my speed. The idea of light for that is attractive. But man, the Bonafides.....:-)
post #11 of 30

FYI, I just saw H&B on SteepAndCheap for $300 and change.  If you're interested, they tend to cycle through things.  Check out departmentofgoods.com to see which sizes are still available

post #12 of 30
Aaaargh! Missed it!
Didn't know about this site. Sounds like you have to be really quick. Their deals sound insane while available
post #13 of 30
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Originally Posted by twitchy greg View Post

Aaaargh! Missed it!
Didn't know about this site. Sounds like you have to be really quick. Their deals sound insane while available

If you keep an eye out this summer, Start haus usually has some kind of Nordica deal that is unmatched. like this from last year. http://www.epicski.com/t/113762/the-nordica-armada-has-landed

post #14 of 30

The H&B is the lightest and most stable ski I've ever been on. Seemingly opposite qualities but they work amazingly well. Edge hold like a knife and explosive out of the turn. 

At 185 icy moguls...no. Icy steeps...crushes it.

post #15 of 30

Anyone who chooses the Rossi E98...don't fret or feel you have been short changed, it is a great ski. IMHO, I feel the Rossi is the most groomer hard snow oriented ski of the three mentioned here due to it's stiffness and tip & tail shape. 

post #16 of 30

Start Haus has some great deals in the off season.  And great service if you're local

Picked up some boots there a couple of weeks ago for 50% off, and got a top notch boot fitting

post #17 of 30
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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post

Anyone who chooses the Rossi E98...don't fret or feel you have been short changed, it is a great ski. IMHO, I feel the Rossi is the most groomer hard snow oriented ski of the three mentioned here due to it's stiffness and tip & tail shape. 


I was actually going to ask about that, how the E98 stacks.  My guess is E98 is hard snow-oriented but soft-snow capable, whereas the others complete the spectrum....soft snow-oriented but hard-snow capable.  Sound like a reasonable oversimplification?

post #18 of 30

H&B is a hard snow ski that's wide and rockered. I love it but it's too stiff to be called a soft snow biased ski. It does well in soft snow for sure but it's at home on an icy steep pitch.

post #19 of 30
They're my powder skis. Frankly, I don't like them at all on hardpack. Too much work.
post #20 of 30
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They're my powder skis. Frankly, I don't like them at all on hardpack. Too much work.

 Patrons are just a tad better in soft snow. And by a tad I mean light years ahead.

post #21 of 30
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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post

They're my powder skis. Frankly, I don't like them at all on hardpack. Too much work.

Hmm... I'd have a long list of skis I'd pick for powder before I'd ever pick those.  Powder is not only about the width, it's even more about the stiffness. But you already know that :-)Beating_A_Dead_Horse_by_livius.gif

post #22 of 30
Well, the number of days it's not mixed conditions here is just too low to justify a one trick ski. Coming from the Ice Coast, I'm used to stiffer skis. In fact these things feel noodley to me.
post #23 of 30
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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post

Well, the number of days it's not mixed conditions here is just too low to justify a one trick ski. Coming from the Ice Coast, I'm used to stiffer skis. In fact these things feel noodley to me.

Noodley for a small elephant maybe. You must be quite husky

post #24 of 30
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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post

They're my powder skis. Frankly, I don't like them at all on hardpack. Too much work.

Ther ware a bunch Ig skis mentioned in this thread...which ones are you referring to?
post #25 of 30
The Hell and Backs. I like them for what I use them for (powder, especially in the trees), but don't consider them the right skis for ice.
post #26 of 30
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Originally Posted by ski=free View Post

Noodley for a small elephant maybe. 

 

LOL. That was exactly my reaction to those skis, ski=free. I thought they were great on groomers for a wide ski, but way too much for me in bumps or any kind of tight quarters.

post #27 of 30
Has anyone had a chance to demo the new Armada ARV Ti?
post #28 of 30
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Originally Posted by qcanoe View Post

 

LOL. That was exactly my reaction to those skis, ski=free. I thought they were great on groomers for a wide ski, but way too much for me in bumps or any kind of tight quarters.

Ya bumps were not fun on those for me at all. 

post #29 of 30
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Originally Posted by twitchy greg View Post

Jealous!
Got to demo a pair (2012's) this year and felt like they were all they were built up to be. Next spring I will be looking to replace my k2 explorers and the 98 waist seems like the best route for me to go for a one quiver ski. Beside the Bonafide, the Hell and Back has my attention for sure. Really want to demo. There is a new local co. here (portland area) called Deviation and they have a 97 waister that I've heard great things about so I'll give that a try as well.
If anyone has experience skiing Bonafides vs Hell and Backs let me know.
Anyway, those 2014s are beautiful

Before you pull the trigger on those mass market boards, I must recommend a visit with Scott at ON3P, a Portland boutique ski maker that I believe will erase any memory of those Austrian skis.

 

I am curious about the Deviation, thanks for the tip.

post #30 of 30
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Originally Posted by Buttinski View Post

Before you pull the trigger on those mass market boards, I must recommend a visit with Scott at ON3P, a Portland boutique ski maker that I believe will erase any memory of those Austrian skis.

 

 

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