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Talk me out of Blizzard Bonafides for my first ski

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
About me:
 
Physical: 5’11, 175#ish (down ~40# since demoing skis last year, which may have affected my opinion of these skis?), mid 30s male.
 
Ability: Level 6-7 — I most enjoy fast carving down groomers and am confident on any ‘blues’ and most groomed blacks; I can ‘survival ski’ steeper stuff, moguls or tight trees but don’t have much technique (I never get into a rhythm as soon as I’m out of my comfort zone).
 
Location: Live in the bay area, have an Epic pass; 1-2 trips a year to Colorado (will probably only get 10-15 days this year)
 
I’m getting tired of demo rentals (losing 30-60 minutes of skiing to pick up that day, paying $$ for on mountain demos, etc) but having trouble committing.  Over the past 2 years I’ve demoed a handful of “all mountain” skis in Tahoe and Colorado.  Saturday I got on a pair of Blizzard Bonafides at Kirkwood in Tahoe for my first day of the season and think they may be my favorite yet.
 
I learned to ski as a kid and took regular family vacations to Colorado and the occasional trip to the local hill.  Then I took ~15 years off skiing while they ‘invented’ shaped skis and just got back into it 3 years ago.  I ski mostly on piste, I do enjoy mellow routes through trees when possible (think Mary Jane side of Winter park; I haven't hit Tahoe with enough snow to do anything but duck off the side of a groomer).  Like I said though, I'm happiest cruising down groomers at relatively high speeds.  I'd like to take a lesson or two this season to get more consistent and be able to do more then pick my way down mogul runs or steeper blacks.
 
I bought boots last year from a great shop and am happy with the comfort/fit.  I’m looking for a 1 ski quiver, and am willing to rent if I need something for pure ice or deep powder, though the ability to at least have fun in most any conditions is high on my list.  I’m not into park at all and generally have to plan trips far enough in advance that I can't chase powder days.
 
Until Saturday I was pretty settled on the Line Prophets I rode last year (I haven't tried this years Supernatural).  I also enjoyed Rossignol Soul 7s.  I spent Saturday at Kirkwood and the demo guy talked me into trying Blizzard Bonafides in a 180.  I fully intended to do a few runs with them and then swap them out for something narrower; Kirkwood hasn’t had any snow in a few weeks and had some warmer temperatures so it was getting a little thin/firm.   Instead I found they were easy to get on edge and inspired a ton of confidence; where some skis I’ve tried would start to chatter or get wobbly, I never felt like I was over-driving the Bonafides.  They seemed easy to get from edge to edge and just generally felt very solid.  I didn't have a chance to get the skis into anything resembling powder or into the trees where an actual tight turn would be required.
 
At what point does it make sense for a relatively casual intermediate skier like myself to stop demoing and buy a pair?  Is the Bonafide too much ski for me?  I couldn't find anything wrong with it on Saturday; seems to mesh with my style fairly well.
post #2 of 16

You demo'd.  They feel good.  Buy the suckers.  Thinking is the enemy of skiing.

post #3 of 16

what price did you get?


The only consideration is if you don't plan on skiing, or that the ski trips you will be doing are always short-term destination skiing where bringing your own skis is a pain

post #4 of 16
Bones you either love them or hate them. I had both the Bones and Prophets and I love the prophets and sold the bones. I hated them. Get them if you liked them,lots of people love them
post #5 of 16

Sorry, I  can't think of a single thing to say that would talk you out of buying them. What you describe sounds like love at first sight. Been there, Done that.

post #6 of 16

post #7 of 16
Thread Starter 

Man you guys are no help at all (:

 

I probably am overthinking it, I hadn't actually read any reviews of the skis before I tried them so then afterwards it seemed like people are pretty split on these skis so I was worried I just missed some glaring weakness either because of my own ability or the conditions in Tahoe right now.

post #8 of 16

Bonafide is pretty much the go-to tahoe ski for the past 3 years.  If you are on a full tahoe shuttle bus, not only will you see another bonafide, you will likely be able to pick out bonafides from every graphics year.   

 

I don't think the reviews have been split, it's been universally on the top buy lists.

 

The only "downside" is it hasn't substantially changed for 3years so other have "caught up" and offering skis that are similar with tweaks for a particular skier that wants something else, so it no longer stands alone.

You will have the same skis as other tahoe skiers (you may want to put a sticker or customize your skis in some way so they don't get them mixed up in the ski racks).

 

But haven't you read dawgcatching's post?  Fatter skis are now out, and you need to get on skinny skis.  

post #9 of 16

if you are doing groomers mostly may be 90 mm would feel better, livelier?

I would suggest to try Brahma vs. Bonafide... may be you will like it more?

Honestly, I had the same dialema, and I tried both, but liked Bonafide more (tested in Kirkwood last season, I think)

post #10 of 16

We can be like that here ....

 

I ski Tahoe and for most guys in your size its a ONE SKI QUIVER

 

But heck you know that now.

 

Its a good travel ski too.

 

You should snap em up and stop hesitating on this one, Life is just too short to RENT SKIS !!!

post #11 of 16

If all you plan to do is ski groomers they should be fine or if your priority is a ski that will carve well and hold an edge, rather than a quick ski in the off piste.. In heavy snow, bumps, etc they may be stiffer than you will be happy with at your level. Demoing is great when you can manage it but unless you can try them in a variety of conditons or at least the conditions in which you'll be skiing them demoing can mislead you. I've made a couple of mistakes that way.

post #12 of 16

Try the new Nordica Enforcer, sounds/looks like it might be a more accessible version of the Bonafide*.  Might be right up your alley.  

 

 

* awaiting more reviews/feedback from those who've actually tried them both.

post #13 of 16
The Enforcer will not be out for a couple months, no?
The only thing now is the "prototype" which is a new marketing ploy. If you've got a good deal, get the Bones. This year's will have better staying power for resale due to the graphics. But that's a guess. Get a better deal on an older one get that.
post #14 of 16

There's absolutely nothing wrong about the Bonafide, buy them, ski them, have fun with them.
But I would go with the 187 at 5-11, 180 will ski quite short IMO

post #15 of 16

had bones hated em. sold em. you either love em or hate em. 

post #16 of 16
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Originally Posted by oldgoat View Post
 

If all you plan to do is ski groomers they should be fine or if your priority is a ski that will carve well and hold an edge, rather than a quick ski in the off piste.. In heavy snow, bumps, etc they may be stiffer than you will be happy with at your level. Demoing is great when you can manage it but unless you can try them in a variety of conditons or at least the conditions in which you'll be skiing them demoing can mislead you. I've made a couple of mistakes that way.

this is exactly my thoughts on the ski as well.

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