Hello All, I am looking for advice on whether or not the Bonafide might be a good fit for me. My story is as follows: I am 44 years old living in Western WA. My time is spent between Mt Baker and Mission Ridge. I enjoy skiing both blues and blacks with a mix of groomed and un-groomed.(Mt Baker is not known for its grooming which is a good thing) I took about a 15 year break and have been back on the mountain the last 4 years. I am not an expert. I would consider myself a strong intermediate. Maybe a "7" if I interpret the chart correctly. I am comfortable on groomed at speed and more cautious in the crud. I am not a great powder skier but obviously enjoy it. I do not seek out the bumps. While confident, I am not a "hard charger" whatever that means. I like to be in control and I have a speed limit.
At 6'2'' and 250 lbs, my gut is greater than my fitness level. I accept this. But, I do enjoy the 7-12 days a year I can get up on the mountain.
Three years ago I purchased Lange Superblaster boots which seem to be fine. I also purchased a demo pair of Dynastar Sultan 94 and have had plenty of fun. (they are 184 length)
I am thinking of buying a new pair of last year's Bonafide(180 or 187) as a replacement/upgrade. I have read much about them and obviously they are well liked. My concern is that they might be "too much ski" or I might be a "backseat driver". Honestly I don't think I am good enough or ski enough to know if this is true. I know the answer is to demo several skis and find what I like, however, I am not sure I am perceptive enough to feel slight difference in a skis performance. With my limited annual outings, I would rather buy a pair that works for me and go ski. Hopefully they fit my profile.
So, to the experts, would a Bonafide seem to fit the bill?