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Thread: ~100 mm ski- looking for recs
09-13-2012, 10:40 AM #1
~100 mm ski- looking for recs
Need a ski to fit a hole in the quiver. Looking at DPS 99 (hybrid likely... pure too expensive), Blizzard bonafide, Volkl Mantra or perhaps Line prophet 98. Anyone have any experience with these in a comparative way? I'm starting to believe all the bonafide hype that's out there...
The ski has to rail on groomers, pivot well in tight trees, have some float and not get bumped around in the crud too much. East coast freshie ski... and out west everyday ski. Have Lhasa Pows and prophet 90s now.
I've found some comparisons on Epic with the bonafide vs. mantra... but I'd like to see the wailer and prophet 98s in the mix as well.
Open to other options too."Go Balls Deep!"
09-13-2012, 01:49 PM #2
Check out Blister gear review. They reviewed the Wailer 99 and put a lot of info in there. And there is a thread on here about the Wailer 99 that would be useful to you.
09-13-2012, 02:18 PM #3
Read all the reviews... just looking for people who have skied more than one of these and can give a comparison. Thanks, though.
(600th post... used for a reply... sweet)"Go Balls Deep!"
09-13-2012, 02:19 PM #4Registered User
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The bonafide are a bit more challenging to pivot. Generally it's a bit harder to drive them. They are very rewarding though.
09-13-2012, 03:13 PM #5Registered User
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Tried a bunch of skis last spring during demo day and once I got on the bonafide, I didn't give them up until it was time to quit.
For reference, I have the prophet 90 and Rossi S6. Thinking about getting the bonafide to occupy the narrow end of my quiver (replacing the prophet 90). They work quite well as a wide carver and also ski great in chop and bumps. I instantly felt comfortable on them.
I haven't skied the mantra in awhile, or the 98 ever. I have always thought the prophet 90 was too turny/hooky. Not sure if that helps, but my 2 cents.
Last edited by cbgarrett; 09-13-2012 at 06:11 PM.
09-13-2012, 09:29 PM #6
Is twin tip important to you? Touring or alpine bindings?
09-13-2012, 09:53 PM #7
4FRNT Turbo is a beautiful ski for what you describe.
09-14-2012, 01:53 AM #8
Just recently picked up a pair of 2013 Lib Tech Freerides for exactly the same spot in the quiver as you're looking for. Might be worth checking out too.
09-14-2012, 04:24 AM #9
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09-14-2012, 05:19 AM #11
Bonafide is the most versatile in the 98 class. Mount up some Pivots on them and you are good to go.Click. Point. Chute.
09-14-2012, 06:58 AM #12
Any of these offerings are great choices...I am a fan of the Prophet... and just to throw it out there, you might consider our Daily Bread, built for us to our specs by Praxis.
09-14-2012, 10:13 AM #13
Moment PB&J should be on your list.'09/'10: 69
09-14-2012, 01:56 PM #14
I have the Surface Live Life's and they're crazy cheap and I love them. Ski lake a GS ski on the groomers but have decent float and push crud out of the way. There's a pair in gear swap, new never drilled for $250, last season's model so the name changed. My are burly, and hit a ton of rocks, and it's my everyday patrol ski so it gets abused, and they've held up great.
JayFive minutes into the drive and you're already driving me crazy...
09-14-2012, 02:22 PM #15
edit: wait a minute, i think you are referring to the 'Watch' Life's (132/100/122), not the 'Live' Life's (156/120/135).
09-14-2012, 04:28 PM #16"Go Balls Deep!"
09-14-2012, 04:53 PM #17Click. Point. Chute.
09-14-2012, 05:24 PM #18
They changed the names around last season. I actually have the Save Lifes which is 100 under foot. I actually raced them is a beer league last season because I forgot my race skis, and did almost as well. They are an excellent ski (surface)
Sent from my ADR6350 using TGR ForumsFive minutes into the drive and you're already driving me crazy...
09-14-2012, 09:14 PM #19
4FRNT Cody looks like it would fit the bill based on specs.
I fondled a pair and they look nice. 100 ish underfoot, something like a 19-20 m radius, roughly medium flex in the tips and tails, medium stiff underfoot. It's got tip and tail rocker but the rocker is subtle (not a ton of splay). Also a bit tip and tail taper. Mild camber underfoot. It looks like it would be fun in soft snow with the rocker/taper. Nimble with the shorter radius. But enough running length and enough tail that I imagine it would be pretty stable in firmer snow as well.
It's got the 'mega block' core. I own the MSP which also has this core. Sturdy and damp. The MSP is full sandwich construction and has a lot more camber. Cody is semi cap. So I imagine the Cody would give something up on groomers to the MSP, but in soft 3D snow it looks a lot more fun.
I'm looking forward to trying this ski out this winter.
Last edited by whatsupdoc; 09-14-2012 at 09:28 PM.
09-15-2012, 07:01 PM #20
Thanks all... some good recs in this thread."Go Balls Deep!"
09-16-2012, 04:58 PM #21In fairness to DPS, I had a very early production model and I am not sure if there were any changes since. In the pair that I had, I found the 99 to be very binary, either on or off they could nor modulate a varied turn. In bumps they would lock into a turn and in powder the felt like they didn't want to "play", the only place where I had confidence in them was on groomers, not the area I where i am looking for the best out of a 99mm ski.
09-16-2012, 05:11 PM #22You're not a poet, just a drunk with a pen.
09-17-2012, 03:29 PM #23management problem
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I've skied mantras and PB&J's quite a bit. A review and comparison can be found in:
You might want to look at the S3 as well. Probably easier to get a demo and/or deal on than some of the other skis suggested (other than the mantra of course)."I just want to thank everyone who made this day necessary." -Yogi Berra
09-17-2012, 07:56 PM #24
09-19-2012, 07:42 AM #25Lord Thomas
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I had a chance to ride the Bone's, Mantra and Prophit 98 last year at demo days. The bone was great everywhere I took it; super smooth and stable, great edge grip, moderate liveliness etc. I could be happy as a clam on these. Mantra was a little different, more of a carver with a real lively, energetic tail. VERY fun ride on the harder surfaces. I would probably choose these if I was skiing places with a firm base (I've loved that stiff Volkl tail since the days of the P9). The prophit 98 was OK only, it just lacked personality and didn't excel anywhere. If you want a 98mm board the other one you MUST take a look at is the Nordica Hell and Back. It was kinda right in between the Mantra and the Bone. Outstanding carver for a 98, good energy and still pretty damp and did well in mixed conditions. It was also the lightest of the 3. FWIW I weigh 215 and tend to ski hard all over the mountain. Hope this is useful to you.