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All mountain ski Help: Bonafide vs mantra vs powertrack89

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Hey guys a little help here.  Looking at a new ski for this year, haven't bought some in a while.  A little about me, I'm 5'7", 165lbs, advanced skier.  I've skied previous mantras before (last was '11?)  as a demo.  Stiff skis, but if properly put on edge were fantastic skis.  Looking most for midwest skiing as I live here but I definitely make it out to colorado, utah, and out west whenever I can. I would say I'm at this point, mostly groomers, but def looking to get into the deep stuff / and always a plus if I can punch through crud/corn, and maybe get a little better in the bumps and trees. Not going to be doing much park or switch 

 

Skis I'm looking at:

 

'15 mantras, the full rocker makes me skeptical, but apparently good edge grip in groomers regardless, and maybe a touch less demanding than before

 

'15 bonafides.  Never skied the bonafides but everyone always talks good about them.  Have skied brahmas before, they are "ok"

 

and as an interesting narrower option the Dynastar powertrack 89s.  

 

Any help would be great thanks!

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I have skied all three of these and own one of them.

 

The 2015 Mantra is better in every way to the old one in my opinion, and my favorite ski. It's a bit long for small hills though, nearly 24m @ 177. But it's still very nimble and does everything you asked extremely well: hardpack, powder, bumps, and all your nasty mixed condition snow. More forgiving than the old Mantra but still needs skill to ride.

 

The Bonafide is an excellent all-rounder, but if you didn't like the Brahma I'd suggest demoing before you pull out the credit card.

 

The Powertrack 89 skied well, but it didn't wow me. Felt like a dynastar which many like. I like the way Volkl's, Nordicas and Stockli's feel. It may wow you, though. In this class of ski you're up against some stiff competition. For me, that would be the Stockli Stormrider 88 hands down and twice on Sunday. Or the RTM 84, but they're overhauling that ski to my dismay.

 

Back to the 100mil group though, I'd put the NRGy100 on the list too. Really great shape on that one.

 

A lot of personal preferences there, but I hope that helps some.

LZ

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