Originally Posted by Ebes1099
I'm 6'2 195.
If I wanted to find something similar to the bonafides, but a little cheaper, what would you guys suggest? I think I want something in the high 90's to 100 mm in the waist.
When you say "similar to the bonafides" do you mean similar in feel, similar in width, similar in purpose?
If you are looking at current year, new skis, the issue is that the Bonafide, at a street price of $700, isn't materially more expensive than its peers. If you were to say "similar in feel" you'd want to choose a ~98 ski with some metal in it, and the peer skis (Rossi E100, New Mantra, NRGY 100, Supernatural 100) are all in the same price ballpark. So you either need to find a prior year ski, or go for a value ski like the Auto 102 or Rocker2 100, but those skis will have a different feel. Not necessarily worse, just different.
The Elans noted above are a pretty good idea for super cheap. Another deal that I found in about 10 seconds of looking are some demos Fischer Ranger 96Ti - $699 with the binding. http://www.powder7.com/Fischer-Ranger-96-Ti-Skis/for-sale I think that would be a great OSQ for Breck and the 186 might fit you well. Or the prior year ski, the Watea 96 for $468 from Evo.
The answer here comes down to budget - and the real question is how much do you like the actual Bonafide (have you demo'd it?), or is your interest more in the idea of the Bonafide (as reviewed in the press and yaked about around here)?
The Bonafide is an awesome ski - with a nice blend of attributes. I own it as my daily driver, fwiw. If that's what you want, look for a prior year version: http://www.evo.com/outlet/skis/blizzard-bonafide-2014.aspx#image=67636/339699/clone.jpg. 187 in the Bonafide might be a better fit at your size (in the abstract), but based on your description of your skiing and history, the 180 might be easier to manage and more fun for you.