Originally Posted by TomB
...the Metron line has certainly revolutionized skiing, in that it managed to convince so many experts that a 162cm ski can really be an all mountain ski.
Wow, sounds like I have to try the B5. I have been amazed myself at the performance of very short skis. I got off to a lousy start this year, and never got much of a chance to jump on my newly acquired 164cm. SL:11 World Cup skis, until the past few weekends.
I had been a bit apprehensive for buying a real race stock ski, but from the moment I got on these for the first time a few weeks ago, I can hardly ski anything else. The 182 cm. Intuitiv 74's I had loved almost seem like dogs now. My short SL:11's had incredible stability while hurling my 230 lb. carcass across the hill.
Wow, 164's that were as stable on edge as almost any ski I've ever been on. And they're versatile too. Carving on the groomers is more fun than I've ever had, and I even had a blast in moguls, as long as they weren't so tightly packed that I didn't have to take too many head on hits (where there just wasn't enough ski to absorb the shock). In soft spring crud they got a little nervous if I didn't have enough edge angle, but as soon as I gave them a little more edge they tracked like monorails.
I have trouble skiing anything else right now. So far, the SL:11 WC is the best ski I've ever tried - as was promised to me by quite a few guys around here earlier this year. (THANKS for that!
If the B5 is at all like a fatter SL:11, I'll have to give them a try also.