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Blizzard Bonafide vs. Dynastar Cham 97 vs. Atomic Access vs. Dynastar 6th Sense Slicer

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I demoed some skis -- three during a trip to Telluride in 2013 and another on a recent trip to Taos in 2014.  I'm ~205 lb. and an advanced skier.  I like bumps, steeps, trees, and even making turns on groomers.

 

First, some major differences in skis from the Telluride trip where we had a ton of fresh pow.  Day 1 was 6th Sense Slicer, day 2 was Atomic Access, and day 3 was Cham97.  I didn't like the 6th Sense Slicer -- heavy, clunky to turn.  The Atomic Access was VERY fun and easy to turn in the bumps but WAY too flimsy for the groomers.  The Cham 97 was a brut.  It was my favorite in terms of being a strong, powerful ski, but too stiff for the bumps.  I actually broke the Cham 97 (not quite sure where/how) and had to pay for the ski at the end of the day.  Brutal parting gift on my out of town, but a fun day nonetheless.

 

In Taos this past weekend we had completely different conditions.  Minimal snow, no powder.  The Bonafide's were FAST.  This ski just wants to take off.  They're a lot of fun, but were tough in the bumps.  Granted, I was in some hard packed bumps, but this ski can throw you back both in and out of the bumps.  The metal in the ski makes for great responsiveness, but overall this ski isn't versatile enough if you're looking for an all mountain ski.

 

Next I'd like to try the Fischer Watea and the Head Rock n' Roll.  And it certainly would be great to demo some Stockli's.  Will post a review once I try those (hopefully before 2015!).


Cheers

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VIX - Be sure to add the Kastle FX94 to that list as well. Check Dawgcatchings website and or video reviews. The Stockli Stormrider 95 would also be high on my list based on your size and intended mission.

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This is an interesting view. I'm afraid that you maybe looking for a ski that does not exist. At your weight the Bonafide is probably as quick as they get for something that is also stable. There are many skis that are easier to ski in the bumps but all of them are significantly challenged on groomers. Remember the Bones have a rockered tail, most other chargers don't. If I can hazard a guess, you maybe a good candidate for the new 2015 Mantra.
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I'll add the FX94, stormrider, and 2015 mantra's to my short list. Thx for the tips!
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