The right choice for the right- or left-coast skier.
- The Flipcore technology means the ski was built upside down, providing a rockered tip and tail that are naturally stable along with slight camber underfoot for superior control and edgehold on harder snow
- A wood core, reinforced with titanal, yields great rigidity and rebound for skiers who crush it every day on every mountain
- Sandwich construction layers the core materials while sidewalls are joined for greater impact strength, handling, and edge grip
- Fat dimensions and sidecut yield amazing float in powder, easy turning in choppy trees, and split-second speed control in exposed terrain
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Hi guys, would much appreciate your advice...
Hi guys, would much appreciate your advice here.
I am 169cm in height and I am worried that the 166 size still may be too big, also what bindings would be recommended with these skis.
Andrew, how much do you weigh? How would you describe your skiing? What size skis are you coming off of? I would say the 166cm is actually too short. These skis tend to ski short. If you're a decent skier the 173 should be no problem what so ever. If you're coming off shorter, narrower skis and would classify yourself as an intermediate skier then the 166 would be fine.
id say that pwestfeldt and jamie prestons two comments are spot on - enough said. these skis are dynamite!!!! the only drawback is theres a lot of edge to try and handle on ice (for skiers who are used to non-rocker and smaller-waisted skis) ...but who really wants to ski ice anyway.
these skis are like a jeep wrangler, but with the engine and handling of a porsche 911 turbo
I'm 5'10" 155lbs and got these in the 173's and I got them for east coast skiing thinking I would mostly take them out when we got fresh snow. However, I just took them out on one of the iciest days I have seen in a over a year and they performed really well.
Held an edge really well on ice and groomers
Super Stable at high speed
Busted through crud really well.
I plan to use these skis in all conditions, these skis are SICK!
I am considering the Bonafides as my primary...
I am considering the Bonafides as my primary East Coast ski. I am a strong skier and spend the majority of my time in the trees, steep bumps, or steep groomers. Thoughts? BTW...I am 5'7" and 160lb
This would be a great choice given your primary terrain choices. This is a solid ski, but maneuverable as well. You will give up something during your "dry" spells given the wide waist, but will be loving life with just a few inches of fresh.
It Is a great ski, very dynamic. The 180 or 187 should both work well on the east coast.
you may be more pleased on a more cambered ski. Check out the sentinel by salomon. The ski has pretty good flotation for the occasional east coast snow but will bea very stable on groomers and work well on ice. The bonifide is a great ski but you will be having more fun without the all the rocker and a stiffer, stabler platform.
I'm 5'10" 155lbs and got these in the 173's and just skied 'em at okemo and even though the conditions sucked theses skis performed very well. They held an edge really well on ice and busted through crud with no issues. Great Skis, I plan to use these as my primary ski on the east coast.
try them...you will love them
im 5'9 165, I'm not a bomber, but rather ungroomed, powder, trees - i just demo'd these at park city. i got the 166s. the conditions were terrible. all groomers and crud, bit of blown over crust and ice, no powder. i mainly ski northern VT, sugarbush, but sometimes okemo - so the conditions in PC were exactly what i ski here in east absent a giant storm, which we haven't had this year
these skis blew me away. i was loving them about 5 seconds into the first run.
i havent skied with such precision and force in my life. i currently own 2005 k2 all mountains, with like a 70-something waist. i was worried i wouldn't be able to handle a 98mm waist in east coast conditions. i was wrong. these skis are wide enough to float for a person my size, include the slight rocker, but will absolutely power through crud and slush, and you can cut up a groomer, or just straight out fly if you want. ...on ice it ill be harder to grab edge. but for skier experienced in icy conditions, you should be able to handle.
demo them somewhere before you buy them...im demo'ing them in jackson hole for powder skiing, just to make sure i can ski them in both east and west (real west, when theres actually powder - park city has lees snow then sugarbush right now, weather is not treating west well this year to this point)
if you are 5'7" i suggest the 166 or possibly up to the 170-somethings...dont go higher, again - try them first, and make your own decision...these skis are try maneuverable but yet very stable.
th 88mm bushwackers have no metal in them, and can get a little more chattery...so beware if you were thinking a step down in waist size (i was, and i was informed of that fact - which is why i chose the bonafide)
Anybody out there compared side by side...
Anybody out there compared side by side to a Rossi Experience 98?
Both are great skis. As I indicated elsewhere in terms of their use and strengths, it is somewhat a coin flip. The Blizzard Flipcore is an intriguing aspect though. You cannot go wrong here.
Hi guys, I am looking at changing my...
Hi guys, I am looking at changing my everyday skis, and am hesitating between the Hell and back in 185 and the blizzard Bonafide in 187.
I am 5'11", 210 lbs, aggressive skiers and I like to go explore the side country, with occasional backountry trips.
Would you have any good reco?
Where do you ski mostly. The Hell and Back has virtually no metal in it so it will be a bit lighter than the Bonafide however it will no be as damp and perform nearly as well on hard snow. They are both about the same stiffness but the Bonafide is torsionally a little stiffer. Also the
Bonafide has a little rocker in the tail where as the Hell and Back doesn't. At 210 lbs I think you would enjoy the Bonafide a little more as it's a little beefier ski than the Hell and Back.
Afraid that wider skis can't turn on hardpack?
Think rocker skis are a fad that can't go away fast enough?
Skiing has never been a conservative sport, give these a try and it just might rock your world.
My name is patrick westfeldt and I currently ride for Tecnica Blizzard freeride team out of Aspen, CO. As an ex-racer(CO slalom state champ) I have my opinions about rocker: they are for surfboards. But after skiing on the Blizzard Free Mountain line last year, my world changed. The Bodacious-wow, the Cochise-awarded for a reason, and the Bonafide-a sleeper, and one of the finest skis I have ever skied on. Thanks Arne.
I am now a Big Mountain skier with one victory under my belt(2010 Colorado Freeride Champ). This year the 187 Bonafide will be in my quiver because it rips in variable snow. It has the width and rocker to make any powder turn you want, and the narrowness under foot to keep you solid and stable when arc-ing the hardpack. Lastly, the Flipcore technology keeps those tips from flopping all over the place!
Every ski rips in great conditions, want to have a pair that makes funky conditions fun?
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This is the ski that Arnie Backstrom helped develop. As a matter of fact the whole lineup of Blizzards "Flipcore" skis kick ass on the hill.
I skied several days on these in varied conditions.
The Bonafide is a go to ski for between storm skis. It really holds an edge on the hard stuff and does not have the dramatic useless flopping material of a reverse camber ski. It carves as good as any ski I have been on and is so quick under foot I can do the Ali Shuffle at nearly any moment. They hold their own on high speeds and cut up the chop real well. Buy longer than what you would get normally, they ski short. I skied a 180 and normally I ski on skis nearly 200cm long. They skied surprisingly stable, but I would get on the 187 for my own gear.
If you need more underfoot for the pow I highly recommend trying the other skis that Blizzard has that I tested like the Cochise or Bodacious. Both of those are also kick ass big mountain boards.