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Help rounding out my quiver

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 

Me:

5'9"

135lbs

Very aggressive

 

My current  quiver:  155 Volkl Ractiger Speedwall SL UVO(For racing)

                             178 Mx78(Daily driver)

 

Thinking about wider ski for bumps and days when a few inches are down and the woods open up.  I have demoed pretty much all of the 2016 skis(my shop had an employee demo) and  really love the 2016  Bonafide, it really does it  all, but I was just  wondering  what some of you  guys are using in this category.

 

This ski will be primarily used on the East Coast,  Killington/Whiteface/Hunter

 

I also  really  like the NRGY 90 and 100 from nordica and may be leaning slightly toward them over the Bonafide as they are a little softer and probably a little more functional for what I need right now.

Would love to hear some ideas. 

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 7

Interesting. I am very close to your size. Couple inches shorter. Not sure I would describe myself as "very aggressive." Also on an (older) Volkl 155 slalom. I would find the 178 mx 78 way too much for me.

 

If you're reserving the new ski for new snow and woods, you should probably be looking at a something in the 100mm range or more.

 

I have not been on the Bonafide. Demo'd the narrower Brahma in a 173 and found it too stiff for me but otherwise a great design. Also the sister Samba, which I liked well enough, but not quite for me.

 

Meanwhile I've been skiing the second half of the season on NRGY 90s. Assume you're on the 177s? (I have the 169s.) Agree that they are notably softer than the Blizzard family. 

 

Anyway, of the specific skis you mentioned, I would definitely do the NRGY 100. I'm sure it would work well for you. But personally in soft snow and trees I'd go with something a little more new school and playful. My experience confirms what others here have said, which is that the NRGY design - even though the tip and tail are kind of loose when flat - really seems to like tip-to-tail skiing. I don't always find that preference ideal in tight trees.

post #3 of 7

You could go with the 2015 Blizzard Kabookie if you really liked the shape of the Bonafide: same ski but no metal... The Fischer motive 95 is also a really nice ski! great 95 mm carver, light, lively but still some dampness...really like the camber underfoot...

post #4 of 7
The Nrgy 100 is very maneuverable. No trouble with bending or brushing it through trees. You also might want to consider the new Enforcer. Both should work well for the task described.
post #5 of 7
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The Nrgy 100 is very maneuverable. No trouble with bending or brushing it through trees. You also might want to consider the new Enforcer. Both should work well for the task described.

 

I also found the NRGY 100 to be quite maneuverable and compliant, despite its width and my size (5'9  148#).

post #6 of 7

OP

The Bones (Bonafide) are indeed a versatile tool, they respond pretty well to standard strong charger input tho some burlier skiers find it folds when too much is asked.  Their best performance is more on the smearing end of the edge-smear spectrum(tho they do carve adroitly).  The flex and rocker nails the fine line between having edge in when carving while edges are up above for easy pivots.

 

I never had a chance to try the NRGy they do look bendier, but then a Kabookie would be a good stick to demo.  Above all, consider your preferred style.  If you like an edge down fuller tail to pop out of a turn the older school shapes(camber) would make you happier, if you feel more playful and like letting snow slip out from your edges in a smeary slarvy way, go with the rocker and less camber.

 

I have always loved Nordica, their new skis are top notch, but wait, Blizzard come from the same factory in Austria.  That and I am all in with the flipcore.

post #7 of 7
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all the replies, ill definitely have to try out the kabookies, ill let you know what I think of them.

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