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2006 Women's Metron?

post #1 of 28
Thread Starter 
Anyone know the details about a women's metron that is coming out in 2006? A friend of mine picked one up for his wife recently but this is supposed to be a prerelease version.
post #2 of 28
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Originally Posted by Max_501
Anyone know the details about a women's metron that is coming out in 2006? A friend of mine picked one up for his wife recently but this is supposed to be a prerelease version.
You probably mean the M:11 PULS-ti which seems to be the ladies version of M:10 PULS-ti in lengths 150-171 cm
from 123-74-107/10.5 m to 126-74-110/13.5 m,
M2index 1100-1295
I will be hanging around our Atomic Test Center Sunday through Tue or Wed and will try to demo the ski and find out what other people think. (I hope they have the ski there because there´s everything up to the 84mm M:EX.)
post #3 of 28
There is a Metron Balanze, which is the woman's specific Metron. Slightly softer than the 9, binding mounted forward, etc. It actually came out late this season.

There are some for sale on EBay. Check it out.
post #4 of 28
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Originally Posted by Atomic_918
There is a Metron Balanze, which is the woman's specific Metron. Slightly softer than the 9, binding mounted forward, etc. It actually came out late this season.

There are some for sale on EBay. Check it out.
ding ding ding
post #5 of 28
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Originally Posted by L7
ding ding ding
Dong!
post #6 of 28
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Originally Posted by Atomic_918
Dong!
I've always known the right answer to be met with 3 simple dings. Unless of course it is a Kokanee commercial in which case a drawn out Diiiinnnng Dooonngg is appropriate. Dare to dream.
post #7 of 28
Where does the B11 fall in the B9 or Metron Balanze?
post #8 of 28
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Originally Posted by weogio
Where does the B11 fall in the B9 or Metron Balanze?
The B11 is the next model up from the B9. The Metron Balanze is a different ski.
post #9 of 28
Thread Starter 
So, does anyone know how the Metron Balanze stacks up to the rest of the Metron series?
post #10 of 28
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Originally Posted by Atomic_918
The B11 is the next model up from the B9. The Metron Balanze is a different ski.
Actually I believe you are and assumed you are talking about the same ski. The B11 next year is essentially the same ski as the metron 9. Different mounting position and slightly softer but same dimensions and otherwise same ski other than cosmetics.
post #11 of 28
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Originally Posted by L7
Actually I believe you are and assumed you are talking about the same ski. The B11 next year is essentially the same ski as the metron 9. Different mounting position and slightly softer but same dimensions and otherwise same ski other than cosmetics.
You may be right. I saw this ski on EBay and I thought it was the B11, too. So I emailed the seller and he said no. If you look at the picture really closely, you can see that it says Metron Balanze. I'm pretty sure that this year's B11 is different, but I haven't looked at the specs.
post #12 of 28

Stats

OK. I did my homework.

The B11 158 cm is 117/65/103

The Metron Balanze 157 cm is 120/74/106.

So, the Metron Balanze is definitely more Metron-ly!
post #13 of 28
And in 06 which is the basis of the question......? Do a bit more homework. Don't make me pull next year's catalogue out again, I just put it away.
post #14 of 28
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Originally Posted by L7
And in 06 which is the basis of the question......? Do a bit more homework. Don't make me pull next year's catalogue out again, I just put it away.
I don't have next year's catalogue.
post #15 of 28
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Originally Posted by Atomic_918
I don't have next year's catalogue.
Now that's a problem. B11 has the same dimensions as the metron 9 next year. Now I don't remember if there are slight length differences and variation by a mm. in width. Don't make me.......arrrrgghhh

OK I have the catalogue on my lap again (see what you make me do). M9 and B11 come in a 157 124-74-108 both are 11.5m radius and they both give M2 index of 1165 even though the B11 is on the next page with the balanze line.
It might not even be softer given the m2 index.

There has been some goofiness noted in this catalogue in M10s. However I have looked over the 06 B11 closely and it is pretty much the same as the M9.

Now the worst thing you could do is sandbag me into putting this catalogue away again and wait a couple of days then make me fish it out again. I might have to make a sick, snide and nasty one line remark. Don't make me go there.
post #16 of 28
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Originally Posted by L7
Now that's a problem. B11 has the same dimensions as the metron 9 next year. Now I don't remember if there are slight length differences and variation by a mm. in width. Don't make me.......arrrrgghhh

OK I have the catalogue on my lap again (see what you make me do). M9 and B11 come in a 157 124-74-108 both are 11.5m radius and they both give M2 index of 1165 even thought the B11 is on the next page with the balanze line.
It might not even be softer given the m2 index.

There has been some goofiness noted in this catalogue in M10s. However I have looked over the 06 B11 closely and it is pretty much the same as the M9.

Now the worst thing you could do is sandbag me into putting this catalogue away again and wait a couple of days then make me fish it out again. I might have to make a sick, snide and nasty one line remark. Don't make me go there.
Ding, ding, ding!

Where'd you get the '06 catalogue?
post #17 of 28
Thread Starter 
L7, do they list the dimensions for the Metron Balanze in a 150?
post #18 of 28
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Originally Posted by Max_501
L7, do they list the dimensions for the Metron Balanze in a 150?
123-74-107 10.5m 1100 m2index.

You knew I wouldn't have bothered to put the thing away, didn't you?

I got the catalogue working the booth where the retailers come to see the new gear.
post #19 of 28
Thread Starter 
L7, do you know if that is different than the 05 model? Sounds like its wider at the tip.

BTW, Thanks for all of the input.
post #20 of 28
158 B11 '05 is 117-65-103 with an 11m turning radius which makes it suspiciously similar to a SL9 for '05. That's according to the catalogue. I didn't even see that B11 around here this year. No one bought I guess. I thought the metron version was the first effort at it.
post #21 of 28
Thread Starter 
I really wish the ski manufacturers would post their detailed catalogues on the web. The sparse info on their websites is a joke.
post #22 of 28
The Balanze 11 Puls is the ski I characterized in my post of April 8th, I only erroneously called it M:11 Puls Ti which is the mens ski.

As I promised back then I inquired about the ski and even skied it once on fairly hard snow.

The guys from our Atomic Test Center say that the women skier demoing it are generally very satisfied.
So was I even if the ski is not meant for a fairly tall and heavy guy. The stability and grip were OK, the ski was pleasanty manouvereable - a good ride.

Judging by that it should have enough performance for even the most advanced women on hardpack and on groomers generally.

Unfortunately, I can´t speak for off-piste since there isn´t any at the place where I demoed.
post #23 of 28
I hope it's a hell of a lot lighter than the rest of their range. I love the way Atomics ski, but I'm buying another one until they stop making them so darned heavy!!
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ShellBee, which ones do you think are heavy? And are you sure it's not the bindings?
post #25 of 28
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Originally Posted by L7
158 B11 '05 is 117-65-103 with an 11m turning radius which makes it suspiciously similar to a SL9 for '05. That's according to the catalogue. I didn't even see that B11 around here this year. No one bought I guess. I thought the metron version was the first effort at it.
Take a look at last years SL11 , the B11 was based on it with a bit of stuff missing here and there . My bet anyway, but larry will know. And the wife says the 06, M9 157cm is softer than last years 164cm M9 . Got the 06 Balanze 11 in the garage right now , we'll find out this week where it fits in.
post #26 of 28
I (a woman) demoed the B-9 this past winter and found it extemely soft, maybe too soft. How much softer can they go?
post #27 of 28
Thread Starter 
My friend that skis the Metron Balanze in a 150 really likes it. Today we skied in all types of snow (except deep powder) and the ski certainly performs well. The 150cm Metron Balanze she is skiing is 119-74-105.
post #28 of 28
This came straight from Atomic. They were very helpful as I traded a few emails asking for details on the 2006 line.


Probably, the lightest of these skis would be the Diva Balanze 9:6. It has nanoframe technology allowing the ski to be exceptionally light and tortionally stiff to stick on ice. It is most twist resistant in the tip, but not too stiff due to the open frame at the tail of the ski, thus , best for moguls. I have personally skied this ski and I found it to be fun, light and turny. It has the narrowest waist making it perfect for eastern skiing, but a little less all purpose for western powder possibilities.

The Balanze 11 has magnesium pulsers, making it slightly stiffer, but still energetic. This ski would closely mirror the performance of the M11 or M10 that you are going to be skiing. It has the most radical sidecut, making it the turniest ski. It has the thickest waist, making it the best for western conditions and floating in powder.

The Metron Balanze is similar to the M9 with carbon betapulsers.It would be a smooth ride. Although it has a wide waist, it has the straightest sidecut because of the smaller shovel . The binding is mounted a little forward, a bonus for we women.

It is so hard to pick a ski!! All these skis are fabulous. You are right, you can't go wrong with Atomic!

When you do go west, there are many more opportunities to demo skis.....Also, your local dealer may be full of good information. Typically, they get to demo the new skis first. Good luck and email or call if you have further questions.

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