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Light and fast on the uphill, versatile as they come on the downhill.

The Blizzard Kabookie Ski keeps the weight down and the performance high when you want to cruise in the backcountry. Whether it's quick-and-dirty laps or a full-on tour, this ski won't hold you back in either direction. The rockered tip and tail and ample width make it float through pow and crud; and the wood Flipcore makes it strong and responsive on the descent, whether snaking through trees or straight-running chutes. The mid-fat 98-millimeter waist and classic camber underfoot make it a nimble turner, and the sandwich sidewall construction puts precise power on the edges. This may be the most versatile (but uncompromising) of Blizzard's Free Mountain Lite series. 

  • Tip & Tail Rocker profile
  • Classic camber underfoot
  • Sandwich sidewall construction
  • Flipcore 3D wood core
  • 98-millimeter waist
  • Large sidecut radius

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I'm 5 foot 7 inches, about 145 lbs. Advanced...

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I'm 5 foot 7 inches, about 145 lbs. Advanced back-country skier. Thoughts on size?

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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?

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What's the weight of these skis?

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What's the weight of these skis?

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I think about 2004gms. There is a review omn Blistergearreview.com that covers the ski very well. I own the 180cm and love them. If comparing to the Bonafides weight, on paper there might not be much of a difference but skiing them all day long there sure is.

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Does anybody have any suggestions on where...

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Does anybody have any suggestions on where to mount these skis with a telemark binding (Vice)?

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For resort and moderate touring

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have these mounted with Marker 12 Touring bindings. I use it as my resort ski most of the time and use it for touring, unless I'm going to be out on a long tour (which is not very often). Far better than you'd expect on hard snow/groomers. Tons of fun in cut up snow and junk. Super easy in powder. Light enough to tour on for an hour+ and a treat on the way back down. I used to think that my skis had to have metal in them or I'd be giving up a lot of performance. This ski changed my mind on that one. Plenty of beef but easy to ski. This is my second year on the skis. Have about 70 days on them. Two base grinds so far. Lots of life left.

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A lighter Bonafide, great ski

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I owned a Bonafide for between 5-7 days this year and as much as I LOVED the ski in any condition I chose to part with it for the lighter Kabookie. Halfway through the days the heavier Bonafide was affecting my knee, heavier swing weight skis do this to me but was hoping it wouldn't be a problem because the ski was so nice. After demoing a kabookie over the course of the weekend I knew it would be the better option for me.
Today was my first day on my new Kabookie with firm, fast, and icy groomers, AGAIN. For people wondering is there that much difference between the two skis my answer is yes and no which is a good thing. Bonafide has more bite on icy slopes, little smoother and damper at higher speeds, and in the same lengths won't ever get overpowered when pushed really hard at high speeds. But I will say this, if you have never skied the Bonafide you will think the Kabookie is all of that, unless you are quite a bit heavier than me or huge racing background. It is a great ski despite not having any metal in it!! I traded a slight loss in overall power for a lighter more playful version that I can ski all day.
I'm 6'1", 178lbs, 42 year old expert that skis truly all mountain. I have an extensive quiver and a gear freak. My style is described as technical and finesse but I charge very hard when skiing without all my family. Love moguls and trees of any size until my knee says no more.
Summary of the two skis is this. If swing weight isn't an issue for you, strong and healthy knees, you keep your skis on the ground all day, and just prefer more powerful skis then go Bonafide it's that good for a one ski quiver. If you are lighter, spend more time jumping around and trying to make your ski playful, prefer a little lighter weight ski to have on feet all weekend but still want unreal high end performance then Kabookie. I can't wait to ski mine in anything softer than I have skied it on.

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Bonafide Sans Metal

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Kabookie is the Bonafide without metal. Taking the metal out saves about a 1 lb per pair. The Kabookie would be a great option if you want the Bonafide shape but without the metal construction. For some people metal is a great feeling but if you're not used to it or have been skiing on fiberglass construction skis others might not like it. The Kabookie uses Blizzards proprietary Quadrax weave instead of metal so the ski still has all the same performance characteristics as the Bonafide just with a slightly lighter weight. A great Backcountry option for someone not wanting to sacrafice any performance on the down or just a different option for someone not wanting all the dampness that metal construction skis provide.

How about this ski in comparison to Atomic...

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How about this ski in comparison to Atomic Theory?

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A more direct comparison to the Kabookie would be the Alibi or the Ritual from Atomic. The Kabookie will be stiffer and offer you more response and energy as compared to the Theory. With full vertical sidewalls from tip to tail the Kabookie will also have better grip on hard snow. If you're a lighter person the Theory might be a good choice.