Although I basically agreee with 90% posted here I have to add some remarks.
1. PhysicsMan was faster than me (the time difference, at 6:20 I was still sleeping
) pointing out the role of Head and its IC 200 (btw, 170/12 m). There was even a modest predecessor Cyber X80Ti (2000/2001) with 113-66-101, which was quite revolutionary for then.
2. Yes, the Elan mentioned had the 110-tail, I would say 110-60-110.
3. Head or Atomic were NOT the first to come with dimensions like that but they were the first IMPORTANT manufacturers to do so.
Among some small companies there was a man called Reinhard Fischer in Austria who came with the idea of rather fat and radically shaped skis in the early 80´s. He became a nuisance for the Austrian companies since he kept asking them to build prototypes of such skis - they had refused. Then the era of shaped skis came but Fischer´s skis - he started to produce them himself under the name Snowrider - were still too wide to appeal to the (European) mainstream.
He had skis with 80 mm waist and 12-13 m radius at least 10 years ago. They were superb soft-snow performers but not so good on hardpack - at those days.
(I remember having another 70 mm Snowrider with dimensions identical to those of Volkl Supersport Superspeed 5 years ago
But, of course, such "weird birds" couldn´t influence the developments like the Big Players who are sometimes rather slow in taking new ideas but always ready to snatch them when ready (both the companies and the ideas).
and also the Edelwiser skis (are a "sideline" of Snowrider) with 125-80-114/162 cm/12 m etc.: http://27841f366c5290e2.edelwiser.co...s/ski/modelle/
4. The weight issue:
if I tried to be harsh I would say:
those who are not willing to carry the Metron a few yards from the car to the slope don´t deserve the ski which is nothing for sissies.
As we know, up to now there´s no peak performance without some weight.
OTOH, those used to carry two/three pairs of heavy GS boards (not to mention backpack, poles, drill, etc.) will probably never understand skiers complaining about the weight of a single ski
5. IMHO there will be more skis of this type. Salomon already attempted a similar philosophy with its Scrambler but in spite of somewhat similar dimensions (125-75-111/175 cm/14,5 m) it´s just a brave recreational ski (and a light one, mind you) two levels under the Metron B:5.
6. In case you don´t find the Atomic dimensions at atomicsnow, tryhttp://www.atomic.sk/alpine_katalog.pdf(www.atomic.sk is the Slovak website, it´s the complete official catalog translated into Slovak but the table is self-explanatory)