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Blizzard Bonafide and Salomon Q98

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Mid-40s, 155 lbs, ski everything from boilerplate to powder, bowls to chutes and trees. Know how to dynamically carve,scarve and zipper. All to a certain breaking point.

Boot deep in the AM in some areas, mix of soft snow and some crunchiness in others. Some bumps. Big Sky.

Both skis in the low 170s.

Bonafides - you all love them. I liked them. I could see loving them if I gained 30 lbs. They were very stable and I was surprised how well they floated and pivoted in the trees - for the stiffness. They were not playful. Nor could I get much energy return out of them. I thought they'd be good chargers, but they weren't giving me nearly the charging confidence of my current Dynastar Sultan 85s, which also have full metal.

Q98 - a likely purchase. Very playful with lots of pop off piste. Superb pivoting in tight trees. Confidence inspiring in cutup, but not full on chargers. Good float. Hard groomer ability likely questionable. Fine carving on soft. I see these as a great (cheap!) EC tree/natural snow trail ski and travel ski. Forgot to mention, good on bumps for a 98. Bonafide would be a better one quiver (don't do it) type ski.
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Thanks for the quick review of two very popular skis out here in the West.

 

T. -- www.wasatchreport.com

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goldsbar -- if you're set on skis in the 98 width range, you might want to try the Atomic Alibi.

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