Blizzard Bonafide Skis 2017

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Blizzard - Bonafide Skis 2017
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In the hyper competitive 100 mm class, the Blizzard Bonafide Skis have been at the top of the pile for several years. The Bonafide got a major revamp for 2016 and remains the same for 2017, but hasn't lost any ground to the competition. Do your research, but all-mountain experts who want a single ski to kill it in every condition keep coming back to the Bonafide for a reason. Carbon Flip Core construction and narrower strips of Titanal reduce the swing weight and lighten up the ski overall, but the rock solid Blizzard feel at speed and in a hard-carved turn are still there in spades. If you're ready to pull the trigger on an all-mountain quiver of one, the Blizzard Bonafide Skis will undoubtedly be the best shot you've ever fired.

Product Details

Rocker Type

Rocker Camber RockerSki profile with rocker at the tip and tail, camber in the middle. Reducing the pressure on the edge at the tip and tail makes the ski even easier to handle and increases flotation on powder snow. The camber guarantees great grip on packed snow.

Flex

Medium Stiff Flex

Shape

Tapered Tip & Tail

Core

Poplar-Beech Wood Core

Carbon Flip Core TechnologyIn an evolution of the famed Blizzard Flip Core process, which starts with the core contour matching the intended rocker profile, 90˚ directional carbon fiber is integrated into the core at the tip and tail, stabilizing the extremities of the ski while reducing swing weight. Win-win for you.

Laminates

Double Titanal Laminate

Sidewalls

Sandwich Compound SidewallAll Blizzard skis with the exception of some junior skis are built with ABS or Phenol sidewalls for superior performance (stability, power transmission, handling) and durability.

Base

Sintered Graphite Base

Binding Compatibility

We recommend a brake width equal to or at most 15 mm wider than the ski waist width.

Specs

  • Terrain: All-Mountain, Big Mountain More 
  • Skis: No Bindings
  • Ability Level: Advanced-Expert More 
  • Rocker Type: Rocker/Camber/Rocker More 
  • Turning Radius: Medium More 
  • Core/Laminates: Carbon, Metal, Wood
  • Tail Type: Partial Twin Tip More 
  • Ski Awards: Powder Magazine Skier's Choice, Freeskier Editor's Pick, Ski Magazine Gold Medal Gear, Skiing Magazine Official Selection
  • Warranty: 1 Year More 
Size (cm) 166 173 180 187
Tip Width (mm) 133 133 133 133
Waist Width (mm) 98
Tail Width (mm) 118 118 118 118
Turning Radius (m) 21

Other Notes

Blizzard products can only be shipped within the United States

Reviews

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Blizzard Bonafide Skis 2017
 
4.9

(based on 8 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good carving ability (7)
  • Durable (5)
  • Good grip (4)
  • Smooth ride (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Groomed terrain (7)
  • Powder skiing (5)
  • Downhill (4)
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    • Advanced (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (6)

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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My new favorite skis, a true quiver of one

By 

from Seattle / Crystal Mt.

About Me Professional

Pros

  • Durable
  • Good Carving Ability
  • Good Grip
  • Smooth Ride

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Downhill
    • Groomed Terrain
    • Powder Skiing

    Comments about Blizzard Bonafide Skis 2017:

    My previous favorites (two skis ago) were the K2 Outlaws. The Bonafides have now outdone the K2s in terms of being a go anywhere, do anything quiver of one. These boards rip the groomers like my race-stock Fischer GS skis, and they power through the Northwest crud without skipping a beat. They go to 11.

    In deep untracked there may be some one-trick-ponies fat boys that can handle the pow with a bit more float, but unless you're heli-skiing, you're skiing crud by 11AM anyway.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Tried several but bought one...

    By 

    from SF bay area

    About Me Advanced

    Pros

    • Built for speed
    • Durable
    • Good Carving Ability
    • High stability
    • One ski quiver
    • Smooth Ride

    Cons

    • Heavy
    • Not as playful

    Best Uses

    • All mountain front or back
    • Downhill
    • Great crud buster
    • Groomed Terrain
    • High speed GS carving
    • Powder up to a foot

    Comments about Blizzard Bonafide Skis 2017:

    Great all mountain ski for a "one ski in your quiver." Handles almost anything except high float in lots of powder (more than a foot). Demo'ed Volkl Mantra, Kendo, K2 Pinnacle, Blizzard Brahma, Rossi Experience 88's, Salomon X-Drives and went with the Bonafides. I ski mainly out west CA, BC, CO, UT areas - front and backside. Great responsive ski at speed and very stable carver. Not bad in moguls and powder days up to a foot. Not as playful and turny as other lighter skis or full rockers like Volkl Mantra or maneuverable Rossi's 88/Volkl Kendo's but Bonafide carving control outweighed the playfulness for me. Kendo's were playful, light, great groomer skis for front mountain but a little narrow for powder. Salomon and K2's were OK but felt less versatile overall and when you want to attack a hill at speed or cut thru the afternoon crud the Bonafides shine. Get the Brahmas if you don't need the width/cost or if you are mainly a front mountain skier or ski a lot of hard pack/ice/groomer runs. Others I have been told by ski shops/skiers to try were the Nordica Enforcer 100's (similar specs-apparently made in the same manufacturing but were sold out when I was buying), Volkl 108's (but I didn't like full rockered skis) and also the Kastle HP 95's, Line DPS Wailer Pure3 series which I eliminated mainly due to higher cost. Paired them with Marker Griffon's but my demos had Jesters which were also great bindings and Salomon XMax 120 boots with great moldable liners and shell. I am 5'7 165lbs and ski 173's. I also tried 166's which could work but this ski is easy to size up on to get better float/control at speed. The 181's I demoed but were at my limit and had a longer turn radius for me in bumps so I went with 173's. Can't go wrong with any of these skis but I liked the Bones the best, since I could only buy one ski for all conditions.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Your teeth will get cold from smiling...

    By 

    from Bozeman, MT

    About Me Expert

    Pros

    • Good Carving Ability

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Groomed Terrain
      • Powder Skiing

      Comments about Blizzard Bonafide Skis 2017:

      I'm an old skool mogul skier who typically goes super OCD when contemplating new gear. I bought these without ever skiing them, which I don't encourage, but had to do based upon my situation. I'm impressed. I've skied them in a variety of conditions this year from blower pow to boilerplate ice, and they always did what I asked, and while I don't want to rush things - they might be the best skis I've ever owned. Decent flotation for a 98mm underfoot, but where they truly come into their own is when you let them run a bit. I didn't expect them to be such a good frontside ski. These things will lay down trenches like nothing else, and the stars that you see from the g loads might make you wonder why FlyLow doesn't make pants that inflate like a g-suit. Seriously fun. Seriously stable. And what is equally remarkable about this ski is that I can ski it quick turn like my old mogul boards, and the tail will support that pop out of the turn that so many twin-tip noodle planks seem to be missing. The Bonafide is a go-anywhere do anything pile of fun that will leave you smiling and charging hard into whatever lies below. I love them so much I'm thinking about buying another pair and hiding them in the garage so I always have a backup.

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      • No

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best Ski I've Ever Owned

      By 

      from Minneapolis, Minnesota

      About Me Expert

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Good Carving Ability
      • Good Grip
      • Great Flotation
      • Lightweight
      • Smooth Ride

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Groomed Terrain
        • Powder Skiing

        Comments about Blizzard Bonafide Skis 2017:

        The 2016 Blizzard Bonafide is the best ski that I have ever owned. When purchasing this ski I was expecting a ski great for powder and just ok for groomers. It shocked me the first time I took them out because I seriously felt like I could race in these things. Great ski all around whether you are skiing the midwest or the west, the new carbon fiber tips add the perfect touch of stability. A must have.

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        • No
         
        4.0

        a better ski than I am a skier.

        By 

        from carol stream il

        About Me Advanced

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Good Carving Ability
        • Good Grip

        Cons

        • Not Responsive

        Best Uses

        • Downhill
        • Groomed Terrain
        • Moguls
        • Powder Skiing

        Comments about Blizzard Bonafide Skis 2017:

        I'm a Midwestern skier that spends about 30 to 40 days on the snow each year including my 2 trips out west to Vail resorts. I can ski anything groomed and destroy it, but when I get a little above my head I tend to ski slower, more cautious, and sit back at time. Trees tend to freak me out and bumps are not my strong suit. Being a Midwestern skier where can I actually work on that stuff? That brings me to the bonafides.

        In the Midwest I love these skis. They catch like a dream ski, are stable, and can take every bit of what I can give them. I ski them hard and they just take it. I'm skiing aggressive and driving the skis here at home.

        Out west on the groomers they still do everything I ask and more. It's when I go off the groomers I have a problem. It's not the skis fault. They are stiff skies and when I slow down a bit they lose how nimble they are because I'm not putting the screws to them. It's not the skis fault. It's mine. On the other hand I have gunsmokes at 114 underfoot which are not as stiff and they are far more fun for me off piste. I can go slower and they will just move around easier for me.

        I guess my point is, if you charge everywhere on the mountain these are for you. Unfortunately off piste these aren't the skis for me.

        I gave them a 4 star rating because of my lack of ability and these skis punishing me for it. They are amazing skis and if you charge everywhere you'll love them!

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        5.0

        EVO Demo

        By 

        from Danbury, CT

        About Me Advanced

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Good Carving Ability
        • Good Grip
        • Smooth Ride

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Downhill
          • Groomed Terrain

          Comments about Blizzard Bonafide Skis 2017:

          Live out East & ski 15 to 25 days a season. 52 years old was skiing a pair of Line Profit 90's 186cm. Bought a pair of Supernatural 92's 186cm last season. Skied them 15 times last season. Just not happy with them just not as responsive as the Profits. Bought a pair of Blizzard Bonifide Demo's from EVO towards end of summer. Only able to get the 180's. Was a bit worried as I am 6'0 and 240 lbs. skied them 1st time today, they were great! Never know they were 98 under foot. Carve grat on ice, thing about being unforgiving and needing to be driven hard not true. They were great and easy to ski! Fast solid and fun, looking forward to some snow & Lines going on Craigslist ASAP.

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          • No
           
          5.0

          Awesome All mountain ski

          By 

          from Seattle

          About Me Advanced

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Good Carving Ability
          • Great Flotation
          • Scratch Resistant

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • All Mountain
            • Groomed Terrain
            • Powder Skiing

            Comments about Blizzard Bonafide Skis 2017:

            This ski rocks! Groomers to powder these skis carve on groomers, do great in crud but after 5 days of skiing Colorado and 10" of new powder they exceeded my expectations in powder as well For a one ski, all mountain quiver for the heavy snow of the PNW to light pow of CO, you won't be disappointed. Plus the service from the EVO gang for me and the balance of gear for my family was exemplary.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            5.0

            Best and most fun skis I've ever owned...

            By 

            from undisclosed

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Blizzard Bonafide Skis 2017:

            Excellent all mountain skis. Superb control.

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