Just a data point. My son's a full time coach. On snow 300 days a season. A few years ago he was wrapping up his college career, NCAA/NorAm. He was a Head athlete through college. His skis were the real deal, having been pulled from three pretty well known guys on the WC. His foot shape is one that doesn't work with a Head. High, high instep. No way to fit it. So he's been in a Doberman for 12 years. Same foot shape that requires the custom molded clogs for most of the Head WC guys.
He now a Blizz guy, and in the Rockies the majority of his time. His go-to ski, is a 187cm Bonafide. When he's freesking with his kids, he's normally on it. He has the Bodacious, Cochise, Bonafide, Brahma, Scout and Spur. He races for kicks on Blizz 195cm GS. Skis that were "experienced" by a friend on the WC.
I recall very clearly when he first skied a Bonafide in 2011. He called me, told me that he couldn't believe how it could do anything, in any terrain, any snow. Workable into a lot of turn shapes. Just fine at speed. At the time about 26, strong as a bull(pun intended), and a recently "retired" skier with a serious point profile and work ranking.
Since then, he and I have probably skied 1000 days on many 187cm Bonafides. He has never mentioned all of the drawbacks that you've experienced. I can say that I haven't had a fear of the tip folding up and hitting me in the helmet.
I've skied them at the factory mounting point, as well as 1.5cm forward, and back and everything in between. Fine for me on the mark. 305mm BSL.
I've been heavily involved in this sport for 50+ years. I've skied on a ton of skis. I really like the 187cm Bonafide for my go-to in the Rockies, on fairly fresh snow. I ski a 184cm Firearrow 84 EDT on older snow out there.
Back in the Northeast, I ski a big mountain, northern exposure, rock hard surface. 80% of my days are on a 180cm Head iSpeed or a 178cm Course Pro. When it's soft, 8" deep, in trees, I pull a pair of Bonafides.
My son has talked to his Blizz guys about how great a 195ish Bonafide would be. Then again, he can ski on a 196cm, older, beefier Bodacious and my head spins.
The Bonafide's a good ski. Flip Core is a legitimate design. Blizz was smart to get it under patent. I see a lot of people on the ski who, IMO, might be much better served by a different ski. I also see a number of guys who rip, who love the ski, almost always in a 187cm.
My daughter skis the Bonafide in a 180cm, BTW, in the Rockies, and rarely skis on anything else. She has about 8 pairs of high end skis, and a ski background like her brothers. Very strong technical skier. Loves the ski.
Jumping to the conclusion that the ski is an overhyped "intermediate ski" is just not an accurate representation of the ski.
If I were skiing like the Koreans on the video, on that terrain, making that turn shape over and over it wouldn't be my choice. However I have seen some eyepopping skiing on the Bonfide, under the feet of skilled skiers. Making what you would describe as very tecnical turns.
It's a nice ski. And the leftovers are a great deal, IMO. Just my opinion, though.
Edited by Muleski - 5/16/15 at 9:03pm