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14/15 Bonafide vs. 15/16 Bonafide vs. Nordica Enforcer

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There's that moment when you try a ski and know immediately that it's the one.  I demo'd a 14/15 Bonafide late in the year and absolutely loved it.  Was about to pull the trigger until I read about the new Carbon tips.  By all accounts, it sounds like it's an improved ski, so I'm thinking about making the plunge, even though nothing seemed wrong to me, about the '14/'15 version.

 

Now I'm reading about the Enforcer (which is a little wider @ 100 underfoot, and wider shovel), but would love to hear from anyone on the forum who can offer some feedback.  

 

For reference, I skied my brother's Nrgy 100's and while they were good, I didn't think they were nearly as fun as the Bonafide or as stable. 

 

I'm 42, 6' 170lbs,  Skied nearly 40 years w/ some GS/Slalom racing experience, but mostly all mountain skier

 

Other skis

 

Dynastar Speed Course 171 - Favorite ski

Nordica Patron 185

 

Thx!

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Bonafides will be better in firmer condition and Enforcer will be better in softer snow. 

 

Enforcer has more tip rocker and will plane in softer snow better.  It also has a much shorter

radius so it will carve a shorter turn.

 

Both great skis, just depends on what you value more.  Enforcer is a much better ski than the

NRGY.  Two sheets of metal that go all the way to the edges of the ski is much better than the

stamped sheet they were using in the NRGY.

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I had almost the exact same experience as you. I got on the 14/15 Bones and loved them, didn't pull the trigger though. Last march my shop me our reps at Stratton so we could test all of the 2016 skis so I was able to get on both the 15/16 bonafide and the enforcer. I am a little smaller than you, 5'10" 140-50lbs and I currently race. As soon as I got on the bones I knew they were great, and I spent the majority of the weekend on them(I skied them in a 173 and 180 but found them too stiff. I also weighed a bit less, more like 130). When I was on the Enforcers they certainly didn't feel bad, but they didn't feel good either, just nothing. They could turn, hold and edge, and were ok in the trees,  but had a speed limit on groomers(Felt like about 35-40mph) and just felt like a ski that was designed to get the job done, but nothing more than than. in my opinion. Keep in mind someone had the 177 out so I was on the 169 which was probably too short and the tune could have been off. Philpug has had a great time with his Enforcers so I might have been on a bad pair. Overall, I much prefer the Bones and would pick up a pair if I had space in my rapidly growing quiver. As for the difference between the 14/15 and 15/16 bonafides, the carbon flipcore really does a good job at dampening the ski(The main reason it was implemented and the reason it was only used on the wider skis in the line, bonafide and up) and as a bonus it also decreases the swing weight which is always nice.

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Thanks for the right up Jon!

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 As for the difference between the 14/15 and 15/16 bonafides, the carbon flipcore really does a good job at dampening the ski(The main reason it was implemented and the reason it was only used on the wider skis in the line, bonafide and up) and as a bonus it also decreases the swing weight which is always nice.

 

We can second that notion.  The carbon flipcore didn't take away any performance from the 14/15 skis, but certainly added a bit of dampening and the reduced swing weight was very noticeable.  I'm only 5'10" 150 lbs and was able to ski the 187cm pretty comfortably in the 15/16.  If I picked up a pair I'd still go with the 180, but I thought it was a good example of how much more forgiving the 15/16 Bones are.  I never had nearly as much fun skiing the 187cm in older versions of the ski.

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There's that moment when you try a ski and know immediately that it's the one.  I demo'd a 14/15 Bonafide late in the year and absolutely loved it.  Was about to pull the trigger until I read about the new Carbon tips.  By all accounts, it sounds like it's an improved ski, so I'm thinking about making the plunge, even though nothing seemed wrong to me, about the '14/'15 version.

 

Now I'm reading about the Enforcer (which is a little wider @ 100 underfoot, and wider shovel), but would love to hear from anyone on the forum who can offer some feedback.  

 

For reference, I skied my brother's Nrgy 100's and while they were good, I didn't think they were nearly as fun as the Bonafide or as stable. 

 

I'm 42, 6' 170lbs,  Skied nearly 40 years w/ some GS/Slalom racing experience, but mostly all mountain skier

 

Other skis

 

Dynastar Speed Course 171 - Favorite ski

Nordica Patron 185

 

Thx!

 

I really like the new Bonafide over the old ski.  Seems like a more versatile ski, bigger sweet spot, no loss of performance. 

 

Not enough time on the Nordica yet, but I loved the old ski. I also love the Soul Rider!

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