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Blizzard Bonafide Ski

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    A bona fide daily driver.

    The Blizzard Bonafide Ski will easily rip the mountain from top to bottom, whether there's powder, wind-buffed chalk, a thin layer of corn, or bulletproof hardpack. Now with carbon in the tip and tail, this favorite of ski testers everywhere has an even more accessible feel thanks to its Carbon Flip Core technology. 90-degree directional carbon fiber in the tip and tail helps to stabilize the rocker when you're rallying groomers, eliminates tip chatter, and helps to reduce the swing weight of the ski. By giving it a 98mm waist, Blizzard designed the Bonafide to be the most versatile ski in its freeride lineup. Its mid-fat waist and rockered tip and tail offer excellent flotation in the steep and deep and provide easy turn initiation wherever you are on the mountain.

    This daily driver tears up groomers, open bowls, crud, bumps, boilerplate ice, and champagne powder with aplomb. Sandwich sidewall construction makes it a precise and powerful turning machine, and a poplar-beech wood core provides smooth and fluid turning. Utilizing its revolutionary Flipcore technology, Blizzard put the Bonafide's core into the mold upside-down, giving the tip and tail a naturally rockered shape rather than weakening the ski's integrity by pressing it into shape as is the case with most rockered skis.

    • Rockered tip and tail, camber underfoot
    • Sandwich construction
    • Compound sidewalls
    • Carbon Flip Core technology
    • Poplar-Beech wood core
    • Ti binding interface
    • Item #BLZ000W

    Tech Specs

    Length
    166 cm, 173 cm, 180 cm, 187 cm
    Dimensions
    133 - 98 - 118 mm
    Turn Radius
    [180] 21 m
    Profile
    rockered tip & tail, camber underfoot
    Construction
    sandwich sidewall
    Core
    wood
    Tail
    rockered
    Binding Included
    no
    Recommended Use
    skiing
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

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    Blizzard Bondafide

      I've skied on the Bonafide a few times this 2016 season in Utah and Colorado

      The good...
      -Great on firm snow, as some of the to the reviewers have mentioned. It has great energy and rebound in and out of turns.
      -Very well constructed and rigid. When I saw these as the local ski shop, I noticed these we different from other skis. Built like a samurai sword.
      -Skis long. I weigh 200lbs, 6'0" Advanced skier. Usually, I look for skis in the 183-185cm range. But the 180 is the perfect ski for hardpack and firmer moguls. Anything longer would be WAY too much ski.
      -A fantastic "spring ski" Would be very good in the spring conditions where the snow is soft, but with light or no snow coverage.
      -Good anywhere - East Coast/Midwest and Western conditions.
      -Good ski to compliment someone who has a pair of powder skis and looking for something to ride on in firmer conditions.

      The not so good:
      -Not a soft snow ski. The camber profile and stiffness can make it a punishing and demanding ski if you like to smear and slide over soft snow. chop and moguls. The thing has so much rebound it can kill your quads after a few hours.
      -Geared really for high-advanced, expert level skiers who can ski basically ski anything *OR* Western/Eastern/Midwestern hardpack skiers who want a some versatility in softer snow conditions.. If you can charge blacks doing near vertical fall-line turns, these skis are for you. It's has the edgehold and stiffness to do so. But, if you want to navigate choppy conditions or anything more than boot-deep snow, go with something else.
      -Not an "all-day" ski.



      Beast of a ski

      • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

      This is a one quiver ski, crushes groomers and it equally as sick in powder/crud. Love this ski, as much as you want to put into it, it will give it right back

      Great Groomers/ not so hot on Snowbird

      • Familiarity:I've used it several times

      I ski mostly at Snowbird in UT. Average snowfall is ~500 inches. So far, I have ~20 days on these. My weight is 200lbs/ 5'11/ athletic.

      On groomers, these skis rock n' roll. No complaints at all! They hold a great edge and are highly stable at speed. This ski is like the Ferrari Enzo - it will overheat a run like s%^t if you take it slow, but if you want to keep it near redline, it will go anywhere you want to go.

      With that said, I'm not an Olympian. I don't go 40 mph down double black moguls. It's probably just me, but I feel like this thing turns like a Buick in deep crud. Like I said, its all or noithing with this ski. If your in 50ft deep snow (literally), get ready to punch it down that hill or shes going to sink.

      I don't have this problem with Line supernaturals or DPS wailers.

      Bottom line: I feel if it is really deep, take different skis, unless your really are a rockstar.

      Overall good ski. I would use this on the East Coast without hesitation. 2.5 stars for super deep snow. 5 stars for everything in between.

      -Chris

      Not for me

      • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      I found this ski to be fun, but it's not really for me. (Hence the 3 stars.) It was great on the groomed runs where speed is your friend. But once I got this ski into some deeper snow or tighter chutes, I found it lifeless and without much rebound, and struggling to turn tight. I really enjoy skiing on Blizzard's flipcore technology but in this ski it felt as though they didn't incorporate it into it. This ski is a good all mountain for an intermediate skier but if you plan on doing much more on the mountain that blues, greens, and the occasional black diamond, I would recommend something lighter, and quicker in the turns.

      Blizzard Does It Again

      • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

      I continue to ride Blizzard skis, ever since the launched their new freeride line about 5 years back. I recently picked up the Bonafides for a good all mountain option for those times when it hasn't snowed much recently. For those conditions, they've proven great.
      On groomers they are lively and fast. The camber provides good rebound energy out of turns and they hold an edge and really rail. With their sidecut they're really fun linking together snappy medium sized arcs.
      In the trees/bumps, they're quick and light due to the carbon in the tips and tails.
      My only qualm isn't really with the skis and how they perform, it's the length. I feel slightly in between with sizing. I didn't want to go with the 187s, since it's the ski I'd be using when skiing trees and moguls. So I went with the 180s and sometimes I feel like I could use a little more length (but not up to the 187). When really driving the skis on groomers at high speed, a few more centimeters might be nice. I'm 5'11", 150lbs, aggressive skier.
      Overall great ski and very representative of what Blizzard has been doing.

      Demo'd at 2015 on-snow demo

      • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      I took this ski for a few laps at snowbasin last season during a ski demo. Conditions were very variable with a fair amount of soft stuff, some ice, and some groom.

      This ski impressed the absolute heck out of me. The edge grip was amazing and allowed me to lay down very aggressive, hard low turns. Response was snappy out of the turn and it felt like this ski just wanted to go fast with hardly any encouragement. I found it to be pretty poppy and light as well which made it fun to rip around the mountain on.

      Was not able to take it out in deep stuff but I don't think it would have much problem.

      This was easily my favorite all-mountain ski out of the many 2016 ski's i tried that day. The bonafide is an absolute riot, and if i was in the market for an all-mountain ripper I would not hesitate.

      Best Ski Ever Made

      • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

      Bonafide. The best ski ever made just got better. Reinforced carbon tip and tail make the ski more stable but easier in and out of the turn. No other option out there for everyday snow.

      Best Ski Ever Made

      G.O.A.T. I have ridden the Bonafide for two years now, a good 80-90 days minimum.
      The best ski ever made are some tall words to live up to, and the Bonafide does this in spades.
      The shape and camber/rocker is nailed. Wherever I am, whatever I do I have edge in the snow when I want to carve, and the edges are up in the air when I'm pivoting or schmearing.

      The tip taper is perfect for slicing sideways through loose snow when I overfinish a turn in the powder and bumps and they bounce off hard pack, rocks, and stumps with a shrug.

      These skis are so well built, I expect to get at least another season from them, then I'll look forward to the new carbon tips and tails.

      I'm a strong intermediate to advanced skier. I'm 5'9" and about 160. This will be my third year skiing. I ski in Utah and love making quick turns on the steeps. Would these skis be good for me in 173? My prior skis were the line sick day 95 and the Rossi sin 7. Both were great but I think I'm looking spot something a little harder charging.

      Hey Nick,

      The Bonafides are definitely more of a hard charger and I agree that you would be best suited with a 173 cm. They have a longer turning radius compared to your Sick Days or Sin 7s and will be a tad stiffer. Great choice for Utah in my opinion. Feel free to contact me directly with any additional questions about skis. Hope to see you up at Snowbird sometime!

      Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead - klivingston@backcountry.com

      Would this ski be a good touring/backcountry ski?

      Best Answer

      It could be. It weighs a little more than most touring/backcountry skis but if you value downhill performance over weight then it would be great. If you would rather save some weight check out Blizzard's ZeroG 95 and 108. They're considerably lighter than the Bonafide but still have Blizzard's rock solid edge grip and performance at speed

      Hi! I skied the K2 work Stinx for years (tele) and then moved to the K2 Coomback (188). I would like something in the 98 waist range. I am 6'1 195 lbs and ski NTN. What is the recommended size? I would like a shorter ski than my Coomback. Is the bonafide similar to the Coomback, with the advanced rocker, and would I need a similar size?

      Thanks,

      Bob

      Hey Bob,



      I am also a tele skier about your size (6'1", 185 lbs.) and I would definitely go with the Bonafide in the 187 cm length. For tele skis I typically like something with a flat tail, like your K2 Coombacks, and the Bonafides have a rockered tail. I still think they would make a good all-mountain tele ski since the carbon fiber reinforcement provides some extra stability but they are going to be stiff compared to your Coombacks.



      Feel free to shoot me any more questions about the Bonafides or telemark skiing in general.



      Kyle

      Expert Gearhead

      klivingston@backcountry.com

      801-736-4337

      Hey Bob -



      I have last year's Bonafides in 187 with 22Design Vice binders and wear BD Push boots. It is a super sweet set up - highly recommend it. I am 6'4" and 250 so bigger than you - the two layer metal construction makes it really fun for big and/or aggressive skiers. They carve like fine Austrian steel (!) handle crud with blasters on, and ski very nicely in powder. I do find that the flat stiff tail can get hung up occasionally in bumps and tight spots but it's not a big issue at all. I would imagine that a little tail rocker and carbon could help that. Go for it dude!



      Ted F

      How much metal does the '16 Bones have? Same as previous years (ie 2x Ti)?

      It still has two sheets of metal. The wood core was slightly thinned in the tip to in order to integrate the carbon but the two sheets of metal were retained in their original shape. The carbon was added for structural integrity more so than weight reduction.

      Has anyone who's skied the 13/14 or 14/15 model know how they compare to the new 15/16 model. Do they ski much different?

      Best Answer

      I ski the '13 Bones as my daily driver in Colorado. I skied the '16 Bones at the SIA Show in February. The carbon in the tip and tail make the ski noticeably lighter thus making it easier and more efficient to pivot in trees and bumps. The crud and groomer performance remains top-of-class -- still stable, dependable and smooth. I didn't notice any difference in the light (5-7") powder I took the ski in. Blizzard made a great ski even better.

      What model of Bonafide skis are these? The tips and tails are much different than this year's model. Thanks

      These are the 15/16 model and they're in inventory right now. Same exact shape as the previous generations of the Bonafide but with new Carbon Flipcore construction. The Carbon is integrated into the rockered sections of the tips and tails. The carbon strengthens those traditionally weaker sections of the ski giving them more stability and better control. The tips initiate easier and the skis are even more calm than they were before. This results in more control and better performance at all speeds. Crushing groomers or chalking steeps at speed or maneuvering through tight trees or icy bumps the new construction improves on a ski that was already considered the benchmark in it's category.

      They have a lower swingweight although the weight has been redistributed more towards the center so the overall weight on the ski is virtually the same. Yes they are easier to turn and will feel more stable on firmer snow and at speed.