Originally Posted by the_eleven
Anyone here A-B the 2016 SR 95 in a 183 with the 2016 Bonafide in a 180? I have skied two days on the 180 Bone, and really loved it, but remember my last pair of skis, the 2004-5 SS Stormrider in a 186cm and what a rocket it was....
I am 5-11, 165lbs, 61yo, skiing 52 years, looking for the holy grail ski that can slice, dice, slide, carve, float, and take an occasional trip through the bumps, preferably with 10" of fresh on top!
Edgehold: equivalent on both skis: SR95 is more progressive engagement, works much better on tip in for scarving and brushing turns. Bonafide is very on-off; feels more aggressive and "edgier" but can be too much, like a car set up with suspension that is too stiff and aggressive, wanting to oversteer.
Junk snow: SR95 has the big edge in sweet spot, easy to stay centered. I have to drive the Bonafide more, it pushes back.
Stability: SR95 has more stability in rough snow than the Bonafide, definitely the edge the faster you go. More damp, smooth, snow hugging. Quicksilver on your feet.
Slow speeds: the SR95 does slower drift and impact turns better than the Bone. Bone wants to lock and be more aggressive; you really have to stay on top of it.
Bumps: SR95, no question, much more pliable tip, softer tail.
Groomers: slight edge to the Bone: feels like a wide race ski, very aggressive lateral flex.
soft snow float: wider, softer tip on the SR95 makes it feel 10mm wider than it's listed width. The Bone skis true to width, not as floaty
Snowfeel: again, Bone is more aggressive, you feel the speed if you are going fast. SR95 is deceptively smooth: feels like you aren't going very fast, like driving a BMW M6. Feels like you are doing 65, till you look at the speedo and see 130mph.