I’m a 50 year old, 5’10”, 220lb athletic East Coast skier. I currently own a pair of 2013 Bonafides (180). My previous skis, which I had for about 10 years, were the K2 ModX at about 184 (I think). I loved the energy of the ModX, until the snow got chunky and they began to feel like I was riding a Pogo stick. I purchased the Bonafides to alleviate the problem, and alleviate the problem they did. Very stable, fast and smooth through the worst chunky stuff you can imagine. On the wide runs here in the east, they are incredible, feel surprisingly narrow underfoot and are quicker edge-to-edge than I would expect for a ski that is so wide. They’ve opened up runs to me that would have given me pause on my old skis. I truly love the skis, except for a couple of things- they’re tricky in tight areas (no surprise) and lack rebound energy (also no surprise).
I know, I know…what did you think you were going to get with a ski that could handle the crud? I get it. Be that as it may, I’d still like to find a ski that can turn a bit tighter on the narrow hills, allow me to dance a bit more, and still handle the crud that blooms early every morning on the east coast runs. With that in mind, I’ve been lurking in the forums, getting an idea on which skis to look at, and I’ve compiled a list to demo next month.
Blizzard Brahma (~180)
Atomic Crimson TI (~180)
Magnum 8.5TI (~180…though I haven’t been able to find this ski on the Blizzard site so I’m not sure it’s even available anymore)
Nordica Steadfast (~180…also not sure if it’s available anymore)
Nordica Nrgy 90 (~180)…but I haven’ read as much about these skis as the others.
So this is my list. I think it’s a good one, but would appreciate any advice on other skis to demo. However, one of my biggest concerns is my weight. I’m a heavy guy and am very concerned about picking up skis that I would overpower in a turn. I’m a pretty decent technical skier, like a lot of varied turn shapes and speeds… but do appreciate a bit more forgiveness when the crud blooms and my legs get cooked.
I know I’m asking a lot, and I understand compromises must be made. I appreciate the experience on this site and value your input.