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Atomic M9 First ride

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
Well I finally got to ski on my new M9s. First new ski in 20 yrs.
Old Skis: Kastle RX Slolom...205s

I loved the way the M9s turned but when balls out goin straight they were movin all over the place. Not stable at all. And compaired to the old school Kastles, there was no contest! Everybody says that they are one of the best all around skis.


Do I need to do something waaay different. I am an old school skier but had no problem when turnin. I did speak to the Atomic Rep who happened to be at the mtn. He said to try to get them on edge a little when rippin at high speed. Ay info would be great

post #2 of 10
These have a lot of sidecut so going straight, they can be a little jittery. I always put them a little on edge (bend both knees inside a little bit), while running straight on flat spots.

Also, because of the sidecut, skidding them is harder than some other skis.
post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 
Should I adjust my boots so there is a little more inside ski edge making contact when standing normally?
post #4 of 10
Open stance and pressure on the front of the boot, from a natural athletic (gorilla) platform. Pressure up front (not forward lean) keeps the skis tracking and stable.
post #5 of 10
Racetra: No offense, but you just went from disco platform shoes to high-tech sneakers. It's a totally different ballgame.

Your old Kastle's were straight skis, with virtually no sidecut. Most people turned those skis by skidding them. Hence, they were perfect for straight sliding.

Your M:9's represent the cutting edge of today's recreational ski technology. These skis are designed for: Kahving! (Austrian).

DuperSC is right; when running straight, it's always best to have the skis slightly on edge due to the huge sidecut.

You may not have as much initial stability on straight runs, but the offsetting advantage in turns will be enormous.

It sounds like you're already carving nicely.
post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 
Yep, I Rekon its time for the ole dog to learn a few new tricks MMMHMM
They do turn sweet.
Hopefully this week I will get back out.
post #7 of 10
racetra, you don't need to edge 'em a lot. Just tip your ankles a little bit to one side and then the other. Since you'll be doing nice, clean carves, you won't scrub any speed. It'll be just like tucking in the old days, only a lot more fun!
post #8 of 10
The radical sidecut does take some getting used to, and I'm new skool not old skool. I learned on shaped skis and skied nothing but. I'm on the M11 which has same dimensions as the m9's. I find that the extreme sidecut quite to be quite un-nerving esp on cutup hard snow conditions. If you try to run them straight w/o edging, they will wander like all over the place. All shaped skis will do this to some extent, but it is very pronounced on the Metrons. I've had a few scary moments on my M11's.

You may want to demo some other skis in the same category like the Elan 666, B2's etc, which have a little less sidecut to see you prefer.
post #9 of 10
I went from those same Kastles to a 200 to a 190 to a 183 to a 180 to the 171 M10 which are my newest toy. You did it in one swoop. It will take some time to sort things out, but the comparison should not be in how those skis act when skied like an old 205, but in all the things you can do on those when skied to their full potential. You need to throw your body into the hill and watch the skis follow. They will make make perfect carves as they come around. Your Kastles would never do that, and once you start to ride the magical roller coaster, you will never go back.

It will take awhile, in fact I'll bet you'll find your technique evolves for the next several seasons.
post #10 of 10
Hey I just bought a pair of M9's up at Loon this weekend after considering C9's and a lot of other skis people here kindly suggested.

My learning:

1) YOU MUST try several lengths. My metron index said 164's but I wound up on 157's the difference was PROFOUND.

2) They seem to perform best with the weight at your heel (the sales person said think of crushing an ant with your heel).

3) Do not ski them flat.

4) I took Walking Boss at Loon as fast as I dared and with nice turns and they were the most exciting 15 mins of skiing I have ever had. I never felt for one instant that they were going to take over and send me into the trees. They shine on edge -- and having grown up as a figure skater -- I can get my ankles and legs to drive that edge.

Just my 2 cents.
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