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Hi I have a couple of specific questions for those who may have some experience with these skis. Any feedback is appreciated :) Questions are not particularly related to each other.

 

6'2" 180lbs Advanced, Semi-aggressive skier

 

Blizzard Magnum 8.5 TI
Blizzard Magnum 8.0 CA
Volkl Bridge
Volkl Mantra (2015)
Head Protostellar 98
Rossignol Sin 7
Rossignol Smash 7

 

Blizzard Magnum 8.5 TI & 8.0 CA
For someone who thinks the bonafide (180) is a touch too stiff, would the Magnum 8.5 TI (181) be of similar stiffness? Or would the 8.0 CA be a touch softer? Can't demo these since they're discontinued. Thinking I might be a little light for the 8.5 TI

 

Volkl Bridge & 2015 Volk Mantra
I understand Volkl softened up the Mantra for this year and its on my short list to demo. Again using the stiffness of the bonafide as a comparison, how does the new Mantra compare in flex? The flex of the Bridge is quite nice for its intended purpose and I know its softer than the Mantra. I am wondering how much more off-piste and mixed-condition performance is gained on the Mantra with an additional 5cm. A kinder, gentler Mantra? Not as much power, but a little more versatile? Does the Bridge ski short? For this size and weight and ability how would you size the bridge (179cm / 187cm) and the Mantra (177cm / 184cm)

 

Head Protostellar 98
Anyone know anything about this ski? Did a search and no results and info is hard to find. Is it just a touring version of the Rev 98? ie ERA 3.0, etc?

 

Rossignol Sin 7 & Smash 7
Best all mountain between these two for a lighter weight intermediate (not me) looking for a 50/50 one ski quiver out west? Or do I have these two skis completely misunderstood.

 

Thanks for reading and rep for any responses!

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I"m almost exactly your size...  I spent most of the past two seasons on the Blizzard 8.5 Ti in the 174cm length.  I'd think in the 181cm length that you'd want some room or some serious speed to let them come around.  It's been a while since I've seen a Bonafide up close, but I remember them having much more early tip rise than the 8.5's did, so their effective length was shorter than published.

 

I found the 8.0CA to be too soft / dead for my liking, even in the 179cm length.

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I"m almost exactly your size...  I spent most of the past two seasons on the Blizzard 8.5 Ti in the 174cm length.  I'd think in the 181cm length that you'd want some room or some serious speed to let them come around.  It's been a while since I've seen a Bonafide up close, but I remember them having much more early tip rise than the 8.5's did, so their effective length was shorter than published.

 

I found the 8.0CA to be too soft / dead for my liking, even in the 179cm length.

Just the type of feedback I was looking for; thank you that is very helpful!

 

This particular ski would be for exactly that: an 80/20 frontside ripper with room and speed. The bonafide comparison was mostly just to compare stiffness & flex as I already have a 98cm ski in that class. Still good to know about the early rise though. Thanks again.

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