The Blizzard Bonafide Ski has no problem ripping the mountain from top to bottom, whether it's a storm day with two feet of fresh, wind-buffed chalk, or a thin layer of corn. It has a mid-fat waist and rockered tip and tail for float in the soft and deep, and metal reinforcement and a large turn radius for high-speed stability. Sandwich sidewall construction make it a precise and powerful turning machine on hardpack or dodging trees. Blizzard's Flipcore technology gives the ski rockered shape naturally, so there's no bending or weakening the ski's integrity. This is one solid, stable, snow-loving board.
- Tip & Tail Rocker profile
- Sandwich sidewall construction
- Metal alloy reinforcement
- Flipcore 3D poplar, bamboo, and paulownia core
- 98-millimeter waist
- Large sidecut radius
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Anyone compare these to the Brahmas? I'm...
Anyone compare these to the Brahmas? I'm 5'11" 150 lbs and demoed a pair of 173 Brahmas for a couple of days this season. After skiing on floppy K2 Kung Fujas forever, I was blown away by how playful they were on groomers: I could lay down quick little slalom turns practically just by thinking about it. BUT if I tried to make a hockey stop in pow they were so narrow they'd just sink to an immediate halt and throw me up and over my downhill edge. Are the Bonafides just Brahmas with enough width to make surfy turns in West Coast powder, or does the extra weight and stiffness from the width change their personality on groomers?
Not sure if this is helpful, as the comparisons are mainly drawn between the Bonafide and the Volkl Mantra, but check it out.
I've tried the Volkl Kendo, and I think every comparison that reviewer made between the Bonafide and Mantra applied 100% to their little brothers. But I'm a little disappointed the Bonafide gives up some grip - I felt glued to the snow on the Brahma - so in the end the Bonafide might not be my perfect spring condition ski for ripping groomers and ducking off into the trees when I find a nicer patch of snow (because who wants to spend all day on groomers?)
Great All-Mountain Skis
- Familiarity: I gave it as a gift, but have feedback to share
The Blizzard Bonafide skis are a fantastic all-mountain ski that cut through all kinds of conditions, from ice to crud to corduroy to powder, with zero problem. They are so much more stable and powerful than my previous skis. I only got to try them a few times this season but they are terrific. I look forward to having a full season of them next winter.
Thoughts on Atomic Theory 177 vs the...
Thoughts on Atomic Theory 177 vs the Blizzard Bonafide 180? Colorado skier, 5'11" and 170lbs. Thanks in advance for tips!
Right of the bat you are trying to compare two very different skis. They may sit in a wide all mountain one ski quiver category but that's about all they have in common.
Bonafide is a high performing powerful ski with 2.5 sheets of titanium in it, vertical sidewalls the entire length of the ski, and a medium to stiff flex. Targeted at aggressive skiers that want high speed stability with a smooth and damp feel to it. Plenty of rocker on the tip for deeper snow and slightly rockered tail that releases and pivots when needed. I have a review further down this thread to look at as well. This ski will perform better through nasty crud.
Atomic Theory is a highly rated ski for a broad range of skiers, from intermediates to lighter experts. This ski does not have any metal in it, what it uses to try and give the ski a little more backbone is carbon stringers running the entire length. This adds a little stability plus extra pop to the ski. MUCH lighter ski than the Bonafide! The Theory is also a true twin tip so if you ride switch this is a plus. Only a touch of rocker in the tips and the tails but still floats very well due to its softer flex and wider parts of the ski pushed further out. Just a much more playful ski overall.
Really comes down to which type of skier you are and what are you wanting to get out of this ski. Both incredible skis but very different characteristics.
Let me know if you need any other guidance,
I'm 6'3" 185 expert western skier....
I'm 6'3" 185 expert western skier. I recently demo'd the Bonafide 180s and thought they were great. I was satisfied with their stability in fast GS turns on groomed. Problem is, If I get these I'll just end up charging everything and I'd kinda like to back off the charging a bit.
So I'd really like a Bonafide that's a bit more nimble but still stable. Am I asking too much?
I've read about the Line P98 and they sound great if they are stable at higher speeds. I also read Line was revamping and if the Supernatural 100 turns quicker than the Bonafide then those sound great too.
Hey there Robert,
It's hard to beat a Bonafide for any conditions and honestly I find the Bonafide a pretty nimble ski for as powerful as it is. The fair amount of tip rocker and slight tail rocker is what makes it forgiving. At your height and weight, skiing the 180cm that you did should really do quite well for you every single day.
If I had to say one slight negative in terms of the Bonafide it would be its weight, and that's it!! You are taller and just slightly heavier than I am so the weight will mean less to you.
Line P98 is a great ski and you can read my review of it on Backcountry. As well as my reviews of the Bonafide and Kabookie. FYI, if considering the Kabookie vs the Bonafide just remember it's not any softer than Bonafide. It's quite a bit lighter, has a little more energy, but not as damp and smooth without the metal. Line P98 is overall lighter, little softer in overall flex, slightly more forgiving, touch more of a normal carving experience, quicker, tighter turn radius in similar lengths. It won't perform in a foot of powder as well as Bonafide or Kabookie and doesn't have as much of a surfy, smeary, pivoty style to it in any condition.
I don't have any experience with the new supernatural series but from what I've read I think they're going to be a little more stout than the prophet series. Check out blistergearreview of the supernatural series.
Line Sick Day 95 is another option if you want a more nimble, fun, lighter experience that can hold its own on groomers.
Hope that helps and feel free to keep picking my brain.
I'm an advance, free-ride skier...
I'm an advance, free-ride skier who still debating between the Blizzard Bonafide Ski and the Armada JJ Ski.
Would like skis to all-mountain conditions which you can go fast and/or go to the park.
I will be a great resource for you since I know both skis extremely well. But you have picked two that are polar opposites. They may be both classed as possible one ski quivers but that's about all they have in common.
Bonafide= High performance 98mm all mountain machine with 2.5 sheets of titanium in it. Not a twin tip, so not for park at all. Powerful but fun ski.
JJ= Super fun, light, nimble, agile, 116mm all mountain powder ski without any metal. Lots of rocker and by no means powerful.
So just a quick summary of the two skis to start you off with but you need to narrow down what you are wanting.
I'm here to help,
Stiff and versatile
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I was initially put off by how stiff this ski was, but by the second lap I had embraced it, and was sending familiar lines on my mountain with confidence. The stiffness results in an impressive forgiveness in demanding terrain, even if mistakes were made. Can arc turns of any radius effortlessly. Didn't get to ski in pow, but excelled in choppy terrain.
I'm 5 foot 7 inches, about 145 lbs. Advanced...
I'm 5 foot 7 inches, about 145 lbs. Advanced back-country skier. Thoughts on size?
I think the 173cm is the way to go on either Bonafide or Kabookie. I have reviews on both skis on Backcountry for you to look at. Just scroll through both skis. I'm 6'1" 178lbs and ski the 180cm in both and would not anything else no matter what the conditions. But that's just my taste, some guys my size prefer the longer one but not the majority I've found.
Let me know is you have any other questions about them or anything else?
Hi All - I've settled on buying the Bonafides...
Hi All - I've settled on buying the Bonafides as my new all-mt skis, but trying to land sizes. I am 5 foot 9 inches and 174 lbs (or 175cm and 79kgs) and an advanced skier and really enjoy big carves on the groomers, but also want the versatility for both steeper terrain and occasional powder runs. It feels like I'm "in between" sizes (173 vs 180), and want to find out if going 180cm would be too long? Opinions and thoughts most welcome, and thanks in advance.
You do sit a little bit in between sizes so I would base your decision on your ability level and where you like to spend most of your time on the hill. If you are a strong skier that prefers speed, bombing through all types of terrain, likes GS turns over slalom, and wants to make sure you have great float in the deep then go 180cm. On the other hand if you prefer spending a lot of time in moguls, tight trees and tight spaces, want a tighter turn radius, lighter ski, and a slightly more playful feel then go 173cm. Bonafide is a smooth powerful ski so even in the 173cm stability won't be an issue. I'm 6'1" 178lbs and spent many days on a Bonafide and own a Kabookie, both in the 180cm. And for me I would never want the ski longer based on my skiing style.
Can I ask what you are currently skiing on as this may help me guide you a little better?
Thanks for the great response skifreak - it certainly helped me think about my requirements a bit more.
My current all-mountains that I'm looking to replace with the bonafides are 2009 K2 apache xplorers (16m radius, 170cm length, 84 underfoot). I spent about 60% of time on grooms with these, and loved the fact I could do both big carves on open groomers, and sharp slaloms on steeper terrain.
I just spent 10days in utah (PCMR, DV, alta) and used a pair of 177cm blizz cochise. It was surprisingly versatile on grooms and powder, but also found it personally requiring a step up in effort+focus (ie. less forgiving) to maintain a consistent carving edge while doing GS turns (I guess as expected for its length and bigger waist underfoot).
So here's a summary of what I'd be looking for in replacing my k2s with the bonafides:
* Continue to enjoy the smooth rail feel while doing big GS turns at med+higher speeds
* Prolly will have slightly bias to groomers than powder (55-60 groom and 40-45 powder/steeps)
* No major hindrances/limits in doing short slalom when tackling steeper terrain
* A bit more playfulness (compared to my cochise experience)
You going from a 170cm Apache Explorer 84mm in the waist up to a Bonafide and Cochise is a huge step up and it will take some time to adjust. Bonafide and especially Cochise will be heavier than that k2, and that k2 wasn't exactly light with the integrated binding. It will be hard to duplicate that 16m carving radius and feel with either of the Blizzards, but again some adjustment time needed. Your best bet to achieve that tighter carving experience is to go shorter but you will lose some versatility in the deeper snow.
Honestly if you spent 10 days on a bigger Cochise and really liked it but just wanted more playfulness then the Bonafide will do that for you. The 180cm Bonafide will feel quicker edge to edge and probably won't be as much work for you. But it still isn't a lightweight ski.
You are in a tougher position with your size. Just throwing this out there and hopefully doesn't send you over the edge but ever considered the 180cm Kabookie? Look at my reviews on backcountry plus Blister gear reviews of Bonafide and Kabookie keeping in mind the size of the individual writing the review. Kabookie is the hidden gem that lighter guys seem to be preferring in many ways.
Thanks SkiFreak - just had a read of your Kabookie review and will definitely checkout the blister reviews. It does provide a compelling alternative ? and can I ask what would be the biggest difference (and/or compromise) one would feel in skiing without the metal reinforcement? One of the diffs that has been mentioned is dampening? This may be sound silly, but in which circumstances would I really *feel* the benefit of dampening? would the kabookie still relatively stable at higher speeds?
I actually seriously considering purchasing a pair of cochise as a dedicated set of big-mountains, so am open to having a more playful, lighter (but still hi perf) set of skis (kabookies/bonafides).
I just remeasured my height and Im more like 177cm, so looks like 180cm height should be ok
Your ongoing advice pointers is much appreciated!
Lol, ski decisions can be harder than people think. Non skiers always look at gear freaks like we are crazy, personally I think that's what makes this sport so fun. All skis ski differently and then just changing the length in the same ski alters the characteristics. How come we can go drive a $50k car around for an hour or two but struggle to get our hands on a $700 pair of skis to try? I'm glad to help whoever I can or at least confuse them to death!!
If you are seriously thinking about a Cochise then dismiss the Kabookie because it will just confuse you more. If you really want some Kabookie versus Bonafide characteristics cleared up I will go over them for you.
If you want a tighter turn radius, little quicker edge to edge ski, and a better carving experience that still retains a lot of power and versatility then just go Bonafide in the 180cm over Cochise. Again I'm more than happy to go over Kabookie if needed but I'm not here to make decisions harder for you. My goal is for you to have one huge smile on your face when you click in!!
Great - many thanks for your help and pointers Skifreak..... I've pretty much made up my mind (on both!)
Let me know what you end up doing and how you like them.
Skifreak - I've justed ordered a set of 180cm bonafides from backcountry... and the 177cm cochise are also on the way :) I'm in Australia, so will try the bones out around Aug.
Thanks again for your help
That's awesome Simon. Whenever you strap them on your feet if you remember shoot us a picture. Enjoy them both! I'm demoing some skis tomorrow up here in the spring slush of Spokane, WA.
My wife will kill me if I buy another pair this year but I will take my chances.
Have a good season!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I searched the ski magazines for the best reviews and ended up buying the Bonifides as they were pronounced the best 50/50 ski. I just spent four weeks skiing Utah-Park city, Deer Valley, Alta, Snowbird, Solitude and snow basin, even made a trip to Snowmass-Aspen. You can imagine all the different snow conditions and terrain, from blue-bird days to foggy white outs, groomers to back side powder. Man o man these skis made me very happy that I looked around and read all the reviews because they performed just as I hoped. Talking with people on the chair rides up the mountain I also found out they were happy with their Bonifides as well . Im an old style skier , like the way Stein Erickson does it and haven't owned my own pair of skis since I had a pair of Heads with Long Thongs and suicide Marker bindings but am glad I have these Bonifides now. A couple of times I scared myself on the black diamonds I was going so fast but these skis kept me on the run even in the ice and surprise bumps in the foggy white outs. Maybe I'll demo some Blizzard GS power skis and have a two ski quiver someday.
So... Finally I can review
I am a 50yo, 6'2", 190lbs pretty-dang aggressive all mountain skier and snowboarder. Came off a LOT of years with full camber traditional shapes. I bought the 187bones without demoing after 3 years of procrastinating. Tried the Brahma in a 180... great ski but too short at 180 for me. The bull series skis short IMO ... in a good way but also a bad way if you go TOO short. Once I "lost" my thoughts on traditional camber the early rise gave a great ease at skidded turns BUT the camber to the back let this ski rail when ridden correctly (as I have learned). And I do mean RAIL. IMO this ski is fantastic but length to rider ability is major. All terrain chrusher for sure if the technique is there. I have been riding race skis for years and the versatility of these newer shapes is fantastic.
FYI: I DON'T give in to fad and fashion. Props to a redifined category.
anyone tele on these? How is it?
anyone tele on these? How is it?
I am 5'5" 175 lbs and an expert tele skier...
I am 5'5" 175 lbs and an expert tele skier is a 166 to small?
Hey, the 166 will be alittle to small with tip and tail rocker, size up to the 173s
Definitely 173. If your ability was more advanced intermediate 166 might be better.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
These skis are fun in all conditions - hold an edge well on a firm icy groomer, but also fun in boot deep powder. I bought them to replace some Rossignol Experience 98's - I feel that the Bonafides hold an edge just as well, but it is much easier to release the tail and smear a turn when you want to. More poppy and more fun than the Rossignols in a wider range of conditions.
This ski is a beast rawring down the mountain. Quick edge to edge. The only con is that it's not doible tipped. Not a huge con, but I think it would make the ski more playful for doing switch pow landings
Incredible ski for aggressive skiers!
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Just spent my second day on a set, demoed them yesterday against a Line Prophet 98 and then the bonafide today. I was skeptical about all the hype of these skis thinking they would be to damp, lifeless at slower speeds, and just to heavy compared to my other skis but they blew me away. FIrst day was normal groomers, busted up heavy crud, found a foot of heavy untracked powder, so little bit of everything. Amazingly versatile with so much fun in all those different conditions. They were heavier than the prophets, especially in the tips with a heavier swing weight. I noticed it just on the chair rides alone. As great of a ski I thought the Prophet 98 was after switching back and forth all day long between the two I chose to go with Bonafides as my one ski quiver ski. Prophet was easier, more forgiving, lighter, turnier, and still ripped everything in sight, very smooth and stable ski. But the Bones surfier, easier to smear tail when needed, and the absolute turn shape variety blew me away. I could dance quick slalom turns and then carve out high speed GS turns with incredible speed and power. More energy and rebound than I was ever expecting. I have owned mantras in the past and still have the original Kendo so I know these types of skis well. Today I just ripped firm icy groomers and medium sized hard moguls and had a blast. The ski does everything you want it to do and does it well! And by the way this ski just flies, probably one the fastest ski I have been on in many years and has no speed limit. I have a pretty big quiver of skis but I can say that if you have no idea what the conditions are going to be then you will not regret picking these for any day on the hill, from deep powder to icy groomers. Im 6' 1" and 178lbs and chose the 180cm and its the perfect size. This ski is not for intermediates, those people should be on something else.
I ski out west and am looking for a ski...
I ski out west and am looking for a ski for those days when it hasn't snowed in a week and most of the off-piste snow, including in the trees, is bumped up. Any thoughts on the Bonafide for these conditions? I'm also thinking about the 4FRNT Cody, Armada TST and Blizzard Brahma. Any advice is much appreciated.
All sick skis. How big are you and describe your skiing style a bit more. TSTs are the lightest of the bunch and have the most tip rocker so they will float a bit better, be lighter for touring, and if you're a lighter guy maybe the best choice. If you're a bigger guy or like to ski at speed the Blizzards might be a better call. The metal construction will add stability and grip as well as the ability to absorb more variable terrain. They are a bit heavier and a bit stiffer than the TST. Out west I would steer you more towards the Bonafide than the Brahma. Brahma will be better at bumps but that's about the only place it will out shine the Bonafide out west.
Don't underestimate the stiffness of the TST, agree with the more rockered tip but from the boot back I found it very stiff! Not my favorite in the bumps.
Would the TST be good for east coast boiler plate?
I found the tst to have all the edge grip needed. Tip will flap at speeds with all that rocker but you don't feel it flapping. Very stable and secure under foot. The Tst did ski long for me, the 183cm felt quite a bit longer that it says, again fairly stiff from boot to tail. Very different than my JJ's
@andp868611 - I ski the Bonafides in Utah for exactly the conditions you describe and LOVE them. Haven't skied the other skis you mention, but would recommend the Bonafides for a several days after a storm option.
@Steve Brain, what's your weight please?
The best ski out there.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
This is my favorite ski in the last ten years. It is a ski that I will save forever so I can be better than my kids when I am old and gray. Sure, there are skis for other aspects of skiing, but this one is just so much fun all the time.
Background: Former ski racer, big mountain enthusiast, ski model elite.
will the Look Pivot XL 95mm brakes fit or...
will the Look Pivot XL 95mm brakes fit or do i need to get the XXL 115mm brakes?
The 95mm brakes will work. At 97mm underfoot you'll only have to bend them 1.5mm on each side which is really quite trivial and easy to do.
I use marker griffon 90 brakes on my atomic alibi (98 under foot)(
Just got some and put a pair of the Rossignol FKS 140 bindings on them (same binding as the Look Pivot - different color). Got a pair with the large brake and it works absolutely fine. Wouldn't want to go to the 115mm.