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Anyone compared the SX:B5 to the old model SX:11?

post #1 of 12
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I bought a pair of the SX:11's in January 2003 - have skied probably four months on them, and absolutely love them.

However, I've read about the SX:B5 this year.
Now the advertising blurb saying that the B5's are even faster and grippier is extremely attractive - but I've also read that the B5's don't seem as powerful a ride.

Has anyone compared the two back to back, and if so what was your impression?

Thanks!
post #2 of 12
Interesting that you ask. I have the same question.

Been borrowing my sons new SX11Ms and absolutely love them. I would steal them if I could but he has a key to the house and would steal them back. Hard to believe that a 170cm ski could be so great on hard snow. I am 6'1", 195lbs and an ex racer/teacher/coach and absolutely am blown away with the performance and ease of skiing on hard snow.

Will have a chance to ski both in early March but until then I can only wonder.

Liked the SX11M over the Volkl 6* and I have been a Volkl fan for many years.

Skied today and did not want to give them back.

Any comments Atomicman and Betaracer?
post #3 of 12
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Bump?
post #4 of 12
bsimeral...interested in buying mine?
SX-11 170cm bought last year and (honestly) skied less than 20 days, half of them in Vermont, half in Colorado. In new (again, honestly) condition with the matching green 614 bindings.
Since moving from VT to CO I just don't use them anymore and have invested in a a mid-fat & dedicated powder ski.
Lemme know if you're interested.
post #5 of 12
bgp, I have heard that they are not as beefy as (for example) the M:b5. I do not have a comparison to the SX:11, however.
post #6 of 12
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Originally Posted by The Squeaky Wheel
bsimeral...interested in buying mine?
SX-11 170cm bought last year and (honestly) skied less than 20 days, half of them in Vermont, half in Colorado. In new (again, honestly) condition with the matching green 614 bindings.
Since moving from VT to CO I just don't use them anymore and have invested in a a mid-fat & dedicated powder ski.
Lemme know if you're interested.

Thanks, but if I buy a pair I work for a shop and will buy them new next fall.
post #7 of 12
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by ssh
bgp, I have heard that they are not as beefy as (for example) the M:b5. I do not have a comparison to the SX:11, however.
I haven't skied the Metron either - so unfortunately it doesn't get us much further along.


Back to the top again . . . . . there's got to be someone who's skied the SX:B5 and the old SX:11 . . . .
post #8 of 12

SX B5 vs SX 11

I currently have both skis. They are both fantastic! I do feel that the B5 has more kick than the 11. I like the rebound from the B5's more. They will really kick you hard if you aren't paying attention. The B5's do require a bit more work. You can't just cruise without paying attention. Work them hard and they will be with you the entire way. i was able to drop down from a 180 SX 11 to a 174 B5. I have not found the top end yet. They are fantastic when kept on edge. Running straight the tips will wander a bit. Honestly you can't go wrong with either of these skis. For myself, I'm on the B5's 99% of the time now. The difference is if you are willing to spend the extra $ for the B5.
I was and would again.
post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by sephski
I currently have both skis. They are both fantastic! I do feel that the B5 has more kick than the 11. I like the rebound from the B5's more. They will really kick you hard if you aren't paying attention. The B5's do require a bit more work. You can't just cruise without paying attention. Work them hard and they will be with you the entire way. i was able to drop down from a 180 SX 11 to a 174 B5. I have not found the top end yet. They are fantastic when kept on edge. Running straight the tips will wander a bit. Honestly you can't go wrong with either of these skis. For myself, I'm on the B5's 99% of the time now. The difference is if you are willing to spend the extra $ for the B5.
I was and would again.
That is what I wanted to hear


Now I have to demo a pair and decide if a new pair of SX skis are that much more fun than a pair of twin-tips . . . . oh, decisions, decisions . . . . .
post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by bgp
there's got to be someone who's skied the SX:B5 and the old SX:11 . . . .
Yes, I have.
The problem is the old SX:11 was two years ago and the SX:B5 this week. Unless you demo them paralelly under identical or at least comparable conditions the comparison is rather unprecise.
If my memories are still correct, the old SX:11 was easier to handle, a ski somewhere between detuned SL and GS.
The new SX:B5 is nearer to a GS ski.
As sephski says:
"The B5's do require a bit more work. You can't just cruise without paying attention."
I find this characteristics quite appropriate.
post #11 of 12

Are you still looking to sell SX?

Quote:
Originally Posted by The Squeaky Wheel
bsimeral...interested in buying mine?
SX-11 170cm bought last year and (honestly) skied less than 20 days, half of them in Vermont, half in Colorado. In new (again, honestly) condition with the matching green 614 bindings.
Since moving from VT to CO I just don't use them anymore and have invested in a a mid-fat & dedicated powder ski.
Lemme know if you're interested.
Are you still looking to sell the SX:11's? Are they, in fact, SX:11m's?
post #12 of 12
I've seen the B5's new on ebay for $329 I believe. I'm thinking about getting a pair and taking my Neox off my Metrons and skiing the B5 in a 174 cm. I think I made a mistake getting the 162 cm Metron X1.
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