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Blizzard Bonafide

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Blizzard Bonafide taken off-piste testing

Dimensions:

Length (cm): 166, 173, 180, 187
Sidecut (mm): 133 - 98 - 118
Radius @180 cm (m): 21


Characteristics:

Terrain: 50% piste - 50% off-piste
Discipline: freeride all-mountain
Skier level: advanced - expert
Stability: very good
Edge hold: excellent for width
Floatation: average for width
Profile: rocker, low camber, slight tail rise

Craig's review: Advanced freeride skier


Advanced freeride skier
Craig's rating of this ski:

5 stars


Considering his skiers profile:

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Reviewer Craig

"Powder bump runs with numerous face shots, creamy untracked pow turns, and even huge carve turns on empty groomed runs at the beginning of the day are my favorite. I am not a high speed skier."

 SkillsLevel 13
 FitnessLevel 9
 SpeedLevel 7
 Length:185 cm6'1"
 Weight:82 kg180 lbs

 


My favourite freeride skis:

1. Blizzard BonafideFreeride ski Blizzard Bonafide 2017

 

2. Kästle BMX105
Freeride ski Kästle BMX105

 

3. Liberty Genome
Freeride ski Liberty Genome 2015

 

To all my reviews

 

Ideal firm snow mate to my powder skis!


Here is my experience with this 5 star ski that is in personal quiver. The more I ski the Bonafide, the more I appreciate it. It prefers a neutral stance over its sweet spot (which is why I rate this for advanced level skiers, and above), but is deliciously rewarding! This ski loves to carve turns, no matter the conditions, or turn type. I have been using the Bonafide as my firm, to approximately 5 inches of fresh snow ski, including crud, bumps, and groomers.
- Excellent edge hold for this width ski, but don't expect it to hold on ice.
- Great stability, and well damped with two layers of metal, transitions from skied off patches to piles on groomers, with ease and fluidity.
- Great in crud
- Quick, and easy turn initiation
- Stable at speed
- Better graphics than last year
- Excellent carver
- Durable top sheet
- Low maintenance, consistent performance even when they need tuning

Mounted bindings and angles

-Bindings are centered at "0" ski marking for a traditional mount.
-I skied the Bonafide's with the factory tune, out of the box. I followed up with my own tune of 1 degree bottom edge, and 2 degree side edge. These edge angles made the ski feel like the factory tune. I did detune the tail to improve turn initiation.
-Long term follow-up:  I am now into my second season on this ski, with 65-75 accumulated days.  I have had to increase edge angles to 1 degree base, and 3 degree side edge, to maintain that great edge that this ski offered when new.

Ski characteristics

- Test Size: 180 cm, length ideal.
- The Bonafide requires a neutral to forward stance, and may not be best suited for a backseat driver.....detuning the tail will help.
- This ski makes creamy smooth short and medium radius turns.
- High speed turns require a neutral stance so the ski can float over terrain, while staying close to its 21 meter turn radius.
- In the bumps, the Bonafide is quick, nimble, and easy to flick with its short length. Its dampness is a bonus, but its stiffness requires you to keep your body in position, and balance near the sweet spot, reminding you to dive the tips down the back of the bump. So don't get LAZY and sit back, jet turns are not in this skis repertoire!

Best suited for

- Western, possibly Eastern skier (North America) looking for one ski quiver.
- Firmer snow playmate to your powder skis for Colorado type conditions.
- The 187 cm length will be a good choice for larger guys in the 200 lb. plus range.

Blizzard about the Bonafide

"THE BONAFIDE REMAINS A FAVORITE AMONG FAVORITES AND FOR GOOD REASON. THE BONAFIDE'S SHAPE AND ROCKER-CAMBER-ROCKER PROFILE THAT MADE IT THE BENCHMARK IN THE 98MM CATEGORY, COUPLED WITH CARBON FLIPCORE CONSTRUCTION, MAKE IT THE MOST VERSATILE SKI IN THE LINE-UP.  CARBON FLIPCORE CALMS THE ROCKERED AREAS OF THE SKIS  MAKING THEM EASIER TO CONTROL AT ALL SPEEDS REGARDLESS OF CONDITIONS OR YOUR ABILITY. THEY ENGAGE EASILY AT THE TOP OF THE TURN AND HAVE A ROCK SOLID FEEL THROUGHOUT THE TURN WHETHER TACKLING VARIABLE SNOW CONDITIONS OR ROCK HARD SNOW. TRY FOR YOURSELF TO SEE WHAT THE HYPE IS ALL ABOUT. YOU WON'T REGRET IT.", says Blizzard.

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