|Originally posted by mpskier:
the m:9 & m:10 & m:11 all seem to have much more sidecut than the r:11 & r:10 & r:9. any thoughts? would the new sidecuts work as well off-piste?
Skied the B5 and M10 this weekend. Conditions were less than ideal. Wet heavy snow on top of ice on top and hardpack to corn below. Both skis were fantastic on the hardpack and corn. Unbelievable edgehold and stability on the b5. M10 was fun but not quite as powerful as the b5.
In the steeps, the b5's huge sidecut and edgehold worked against it IMHO. It felt like it was locked into a certain turn shape. Quite different from when I as on the groomers where I could vary the turns effortlessly from short to long. Maybe my technique sucks and conditions weren't great. I'd like to demo the b5, m11, m10 under a wider variety of oonditions before I make up my mind. Didn't ski the M11 but I think that for my weight (140lbs) it would be the best.
Also had chance to try the Elan 666 (168) the same day. Didn't feel as stable as the b5, probably closer to the M10. More turn shapes and better in the moguls than the b5 or m10. The soft flex felt a little odd after being on the atomics. Good edgehold but not like the b5. A fun ski which is better suited to lighter skiers. I can see a heavier person over powering it.[ April 25, 2004, 05:01 PM: Message edited by: wizard ]