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post #1 of 12
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Hello,

 

I am a pretty large skier 6'2 275lbs. I ski mostly in Michigan but make 1-2 trips out west every year. I would consider myself an advanced skier who enjoys groomers, bumps, glades ad powder. I am trying to decide between. I want to purchase a ski with a rocker tip. I am trying to narrow it down between the Volkl Mantra, Kendo or Blizzard Bonafide. Any suggestions!!!

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Hello,

 

I am a pretty large skier 6'2 275lbs. I ski mostly in Michigan but make 1-2 trips out west every year. I would consider myself an advanced skier who enjoys groomers, bumps, glades ad powder. I am trying to decide between. I want to purchase a ski with a rocker tip. I am trying to narrow it down between the Volkl Mantra, Kendo or Blizzard Bonafide. Any suggestions!!!

Welcome to EpicSki!  Perhaps @bttocs or @SlowObstacle could help out.  Did you see their posts in the Clydesdale thread?

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/128717/like-to-make-a-suggestion-for-a-clydesdale-forum

post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 
No but thanks I'll check it out
post #4 of 12

What do you ski on now?  What kind of ski are you looking for (stiff charger, playful turner, etc)?  Do you want to straightline chutes, make big turns down steeps, bounce between moguls?

post #5 of 12
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I'm looking for an all mountain ski with rockers. Currently on Fischer cold heat. 2008s I believe.
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I'm looking for an all mountain ski with rockers. Currently on Fischer cold heat. 2008s I believe.

 

Do you enjoy it?  Looking for something with a similar feel?

 

The Cold Heat are 82 underfoot.  I wouldn't consider the Kendo, as it's too close to what you already have.

 

The Mantra and Bonafides are 100 and 98 underfoot, respectively.  Pretty good spread from what you have, and they both will give you a similar feel to your current ski.  Specs say the Mantras are a little more rockered than the Bonafides, but it's probably close enough not to make a difference.

 

I'd go with whichever you can get the best deal on. 

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Originally Posted by jzurbrick View Post
 

Hello,

 

I am a pretty large skier 6'2 275lbs. I ski mostly in Michigan but make 1-2 trips out west every year. I would consider myself an advanced skier who enjoys groomers, bumps, glades ad powder. I am trying to decide between. I want to purchase a ski with a rocker tip. I am trying to narrow it down between the Volkl Mantra, Kendo or Blizzard Bonafide. Any suggestions!!!

Welcome to EpicSki!  Perhaps @bttocs or @SlowObstacle could help out.  Did you see their posts in the Clydesdale thread?

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/128717/like-to-make-a-suggestion-for-a-clydesdale-forum

 

Well, most of my posts were of the "someone else here can give you good advice" variety :o.  Unlike @bttocs, I wouldn't class myself as advanced.    And I don't have direct experience with any of those skis, though I'm definitely planning on checking out the Bonafide, given the press it gets (and the number of lighter skiers saying it's too stiff...). 

 

jzurbrick, welcome to the forum, and sorry not to be more help.  I'm surprised your query hasn't gotten more responses from some of the more informed people on the forum.

 

Actually, you might try searching previous discussions, either using the epic search function or just using google, which works pretty well.  All of those skis and a few alternatives have been pretty extensively discussed, including their suitability for various sizes of skier, over the past few months.

post #8 of 12
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Thanks. The cold heats are fun but really heavy due to the binding system. Looking for something lighter and I had a blast this past winter trying out some wider skis.

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Thanks. The cold heats are fun but really heavy due to the binding system. Looking for something lighter and I had a blast this past winter trying out some wider skis.

 

My bad, I misunderstood. Thought you were looking for a second ski. If you're looking for a replacement, the Kendo should definitely be on your radar.

post #10 of 12

I am a smaller skier, but I ski on Fischer Motive 80's (which I think they may have discontinued for 2015, which makes them a steal on the-house.com). My cousin skis on them now, too because he really liked mine. He is much closer to your size. I ski primarily in Michigan and Colorado--he skis exclusively in CO on them. They have a wide range of lengths and are stiff enough to let you plow through whatever, but still rip it up on groomers and float through moderate powder.

 

http://www.the-house.com/8968fim8rs1as13zz-fischer-ski-packages.html

post #11 of 12

I'm 5'11" 245,  similar ski level and head west a couple of times a year.  Last two years I've skied the Kendos and really liked them.

 

Best advice I had was go the demo route and try them all.

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New mantra is sweeeet!! It's got the full rocker now so it's little less aggressive than the bones but more pow friendly and playful. Bonifides will do more with aggressive output and (pains me to say it) slightly better carving than the Volkl equivalent in this case.
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