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We test the overhauled freeride classic, the Blizzard Bonafide 97 in the context of its new all mountain home.

Level
Advanced
Flex Rating
0
Terrain
All Mountain
Best for
Intermediate all mountain skiers looking to progress
Price
£600
Bindings?
No
Float
8
Playfulness
9
Value
8
Edge hold
10
Stability
10
Turn initiation
9
Overall Score
9
+
Buttery smooth turn initiation
It's on the pricey side

For 2021 Blizzard have overhauled their core line of freeride skis, and have in fact re-classified the Bonafide as all mountain, for reasons explained below.

One major change in construction - which applies across most of the freeride range - is a complex 'mesh' of stringers made of different densities of different woods. What that means is designers are able to target and tweak the flex in different areas of the ski with much more precision than previously.

For the skier that should result in a more smooth progressive flex - stiffness should taper off towards the tips and tails. Whilst that is nothing new, the potential for fine tuning the flex pattern is interesting.

In practice the flex pattern should make the ski a little more accessible and versatile (hence the re-classification as all mountain, rather than 'freeride' - a label which can be a little off-putting for some). The reality is the ski still retains much of its freeride character; it's a superb, go anywhere ski, with a forgiving flex. There is maybe a touch less pop than comparable skis, but the on piste performance is superb even compared with the Salomon Stance 96, for example.

It glides effortlessly into long and short turns at speed and almost as easily at lower speeds. This is a very accessible, very versatile ski, which handles way narrower than its 97mm waist would suggest.

 

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