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I have the Latigo and am a pretty similar size, I have them mounted with Look Pivots.
They are pretty versatile shape (good carver and pretty good in the trees/bumps, etc) and if you like the Bones, I figure you will feel right at home on the Latigos.
With that being said, if you wanted a true hard snow carver, you may want to look at a more dedicated carver, in the Blizzard line, that would be something more along the lines of a Blizzard quattro but there are many other brands that make excellent hard snow carvers. I'm sure others can provide more information than I can in this area of the market.
Good luck with the purchase!
I've skied the Latigo's for a year now. I like them, but I would not define them as a hard snow carver. They don't have a particularly great edge hold. Fun ski, good all around, but not an ice ski, that's for sure.
Or if no trees or off piste, a 180 to 185cm cheater GS ski.
Get a real deal front side ripper, Rossignol pursuit 800.
71 waist , short or long turns , but most importantly you can get that ski in a 184, you're a good size guy and that 184 would have some built in versatility that you're looking for.
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A hard snow carver that would handle off piste and trees better than a Bonafide? That's a tall order. Bonafided is a reasonable combination of float and crud busting, which is what you want in a spring ski. You could go wider softer turnier for spring but for ice you want the opposite.
The Bonafide is a fantastic ski, a hard snow biased 98 that you really have to get into the low to mid seventies to get a ski that will truly outperform it in resort/frontside conditions.
I don't think there's an eighty something ski out there that's going to be that much better than the bonafide for typical resort skiing.
Unfortunately I think your going to have to spend some serious money on this type of ski.
You signed a deal with the devil when you bought that 98!!
10mm change is quite noticeable, 20mm is huge and very noticeable. Latigos will be much quicker edge to edge and you can tip them over and carve with less effort and speed. They aren't a burly ski so there is a speed limit, the magnums are a bit stiffer.
A true 68 to 74mm carver will be more hip dragging fun on hard snow than either of the above.
I think part of the confusion here is the phrase "spring skiing."
Most of us think of that as soft, slushy snow. It seems that the OP is talking more about Spring mornings - thus icy snow.
For icy conditions a real carving ski, closer to a race ski, is what is needed. The Latigo is not that.
For softer afternoon Spring skiing the race ski wouldn't be great, the Latigo would be better, I liked it this last spring.
So pick your poison. If you're looking for a ski with great edge hold, the Latigo may not be your choice. It may however be a good compromise for you as it can handle both conditions.
The 8.5 TI however might be better.
Could be. Don't get me wrong, I do like my Latigo's I considered selling them last year when I found myself greatly preferring my Slalom skis in the East. However once the Spring came the Slaloms were just too much work to turn, actually hurt my ankles one day. I returned to the Latigo's and loved them.
So just bear in mind that the are not a great ice ski, but maybe would suit your needs well.
I've owned both Bones and the Latigo. For me, when I think of spring skiing I think of refrozen in the early am, then corn, then hot pow/slush. For me at least, the Bones are excellent as a one quiver ski in those conditions. In fact, I've never been on a ski that I like better in slush, and they are great in the corn as well The Latigo's are really fun skis. They are lightning quick and are great in bumps and trees that have been skied out. They are decent groomer skis that hold a really good edge but are a bit vague coming in and out of the turn. I really liked them in 3d snow until it got to be more than like 4 or 5 inches, where I personally prefer something a bit wider. Now if I needed a ski that would deal strictly with bulletproof refrozen conditions on groomers but that could also bop off the trail a bit when needed, I would think about getting a 70 something front side biased all mountain. I own Stockli SC's here in the east and they are my go to hard snow ski that also have the ability to venture off piste a bit. To me, the Latigos are a bit of a strange bird in that they really do feel like a skinny ski that seems most at home off-piste. I sold mine this Fall and I am certain I will regret it at some point, but bottom line is that they were just too much of a niche ski for me to justify keeping.
I've actually never skied Bonafides and they might fill my quiver out very nicely, possibly replace the Latigos.
Fischer World Cup Hole SL 165 63 underfoot
Stockli Laser SC 170 72 underfoot
Blizzard Latigo 177 78 underfoot
Rossignol Soul 7 180 106 underfoot
Something around 90 underfoot would definitely fit in there!
The trick to spring skiing is not finding the right ski for the conditions, it's following the right conditions for the ski. If you follow the sun and manage to hit corn all day any ski will work. If you ski ice in the morning and slush in the afternoon on one pair of skis, good luck--the Bones are a reasonalbe compromise as are a lot of other skis--the key word being compromise.