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Metron B5

post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
After demoing the B5s, I've pretty much decided to get a pair for next season. Do any of you Atomic experts have an idea what they might cost in the fall (w/Neox 4-12 bindings)? I've seen a Canadian shop advertise on the internet recently for ~$890 US, plus $30-$40 shipping & insurance. Any idea if this will be the going rate, and is there any reason not to buy from an out-of-country dealer (this particular business' E-Bay feedback is very good)? My local shops can't even tell me if they'll be carrying the Metron B5, much less a price-and there's 6% sales tax in New Jersey. I don't want to miss out getting a pair, or be held for ransom if they're going to sell out next season.

Thanks in advance for any input.
post #2 of 22
The shipping is going to kill you.. they are some heavy buggers. My suggestion is to get the 05-06 Neox's for them, it will shave about a pound off each foot. Also keep an eye on ebay.
post #3 of 22
Joseph, is that price with or without bindings (not clear to me from your post)? Without, that's not a tremendous deal (about $731US). With, it is. I would want it with the 05/06 bindings, as Phil mentions.
post #4 of 22
I have purchased from the dealer with good results. You will be hard pressed to find a better price, and prices may edge up as the season draws closer. Get the skis, select slow shipping and save a few more dollars. He does do a few things to cut costs like declaring a value under $200 to avoid duty fees. If you are squimish about avoiding duty start looking elsewhere or be prepared to pay more. That shop does not have a U.S. affiliate and you are buying Canadian.

Its good to support your local dealer, but that price (includes lighter 05/06 bindings) is going to be hard to match. Why not talk to a local dealer and see what he will do for you? They will special order even if they don't plan to stock that model, and will usually give you a significant discount since its a pre-paid order.
post #5 of 22
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Originally Posted by Joseph Graham
After demoing the B5s, I've pretty much decided to get a pair for next season. Do any of you Atomic experts have an idea what they might cost in the fall (w/Neox 4-12 bindings)? I've seen a Canadian shop advertise on the internet recently for ~$890 US, plus $30-$40 shipping & insurance. Any idea if this will be the going rate, and is there any reason not to buy from an out-of-country dealer (this particular business' E-Bay feedback is very good)? My local shops can't even tell me if they'll be carrying the Metron B5, much less a price-and there's 6% sales tax in New Jersey. I don't want to miss out getting a pair, or be held for ransom if they're going to sell out next season.

Thanks in advance for any input.
What shop are you talking about?

Due to the weak US dollar, we are likely to take a hit on our gear this year. That price sounds about right.

I agree that you should get the new, lighter '06 Neox bindings and save yourself 1.1 pounds. Don't worry about the weight of the skis. You're supposed to keep them on the snow!
post #6 of 22
what size are you looking for? i bought a pair of 162's for my wife and mounted them...naturally she now wants a different ski. they've never been skied on.
post #7 of 22
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Originally Posted by Cirquerider
I have purchased from the dealer with good results. You will be hard pressed to find a better price, and prices may edge up as the season draws closer. Get the skis, select slow shipping and save a few more dollars. He does do a few things to cut costs like declaring a value under $200 to avoid duty fees. If you are squimish about avoiding duty start looking elsewhere or be prepared to pay more. That shop does not have a U.S. affiliate and you are buying Canadian.

Its good to support your local dealer, but that price (includes lighter 05/06 bindings) is going to be hard to match. Why not talk to a local dealer and see what he will do for you? They will special order even if they don't plan to stock that model, and will usually give you a significant discount since its a pre-paid order.

I'm curious how you know who the dealer is that JG is considering, since he doesn't specify in his post.
post #8 of 22

1 866 ski_deal ?

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Originally Posted by Dark Horse
I'm curious how you know who the dealer is that JG is considering, since he doesn't specify in his post.
I think Cirquerider was talking about the above seller, because he was the only one offering 2006 Atomic Metron B5's since March when all the US shops were long since sold out of 2005's.

I never saw one other seller post new 2006 B5's so its just a guess.
post #9 of 22
Thread Starter 

Metron B5

Thanks for all the responses - keep them coming! I can't recall the shop selling them on e-Bay, but their location was Calgary. They were '05-'06 models w/the new, lighter bindings, and the price delivered with insurance was about $930.00 US. Even though this seems to be a good deal, I was hesitant about dealing with an (foreign) internet company, in case any warranty or other issues should arise. If anyone out there has any e-Bay/internet buying experiences (EXCEPT Cupolo's - I don't want to start that again!), please share. Yes, logruve, I would be interested in your 162s. Please give more info - year, bindings, price, etc. Thanks to all.
post #10 of 22
Joseph, it's likely that you'll be able to get warranty support, but it's not required that the US distributor provide it since you would be buying through the Canadian distributor.

$930US doesn't seem an exceptional deal to me. I misread the $890 earlier thinking it was Canadian.
post #11 of 22
Gotama was correct in guessing which vendor I was referring to. His name is Jason and he has had an Ebay store for several years that has access to high end Volkl and Atomic skis through a brick and mortar store owned by his parents in Eastern Canada. He can be reached through this email as well: skideals@shaw.ca By the way, don't wait to see something on Ebay to make an offer. You both save if he doesn't incur transaction fees.
post #12 of 22
Thread Starter 

Metron B5

Thanks for the input from all concered. Cirquerider - thanks for the alternate purchase option from Jason. If I purchased them from the eBay site, it looks like about $900.00 will get them to my door. Anyone else might have an idea what the "street price" of '05-'06 Metron B5s w/the new, lighter Neox 4-12 bindings might in the fall?

Also - for Logruve - I tried to send you a message about your Metron 162s that you might want to sell, but don't know if you received it. Please let me know the details of your B5s, if you're still interestred in selling.

Joseph Graham
post #13 of 22
to logruve:

rejecting the b5 shows only the commonsens your wife harbours!
it is sooooo dammed heavy only fools hauling it.
post #14 of 22
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Originally Posted by crudcrusher
to logruve:

rejecting the b5 shows only the commonsens your wife harbours!
it is sooooo dammed heavy only fools hauling it.
Personally, I like heavy skis, they have stability in adverse conditions that lighter skis cannot match, especially crud. I spend a very small amount of time carrying them, a lot of time on top of them, and if I based my ski needs on how it felt to carry them, rather than performance, it wouldn't be based on skiing at all, now would it.

I suppose for those with knee or ankle pain, heavier skis may cause strain on the lifts, but that's something else entirely. Also, for occasional skiers, who don't have much leg strength, a heavier ski might be a bit unwieldy, but for those who have the legs to handle them (or are willing and able to develope the strength) the extra weight becomes a formidable ally on the slopes.

The weight of the Metrons makes me MORE interested in them. I have no problem hauling my steel capped 188 Chubbs. I'm no fool, I just know what works for me.
post #15 of 22
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Originally Posted by logruve_
what size are you looking for? i bought a pair of 162's for my wife and mounted them...naturally she now wants a different ski. they've never been skied on.
Just noticed this. Not to pry, but how tall/athletic/heavy is your wife? The B5 in a 162 is a solid big guy's ski. It is plenty of ski for most 200 pound skiers. Depending on her weight, size, skill level, and athleticism, your wife may have made a very, very good call looking at something else. Or a B5 in a 152. When I hear about 150/160 pound men or women buying B5s in 162 (or 172), I tend to cringe - that is more ski than most will need.

As to the main discussion point - I have a strong bias toward supporting my local dealers. I know I'm lucky having a few really good shops nearby, but I really value the service they provide. As long as they are in the realm of "fair" pricing, I'm happy to buy from them. Especially vs a stiuation where I might have to face hassles with customs, warranty stuff, shipments going AWOL, etc. -- even from a fundamentally good seller. JG - I'd second the comments about seeing what your local shops will do (assuming they are competent).
post #16 of 22
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Originally posted by Spindrift
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Originally Posted by logruve_
what size are you looking for? i bought a pair of 162's for my wife and mounted them...naturally she now wants a different ski. they've never been skied on.


Just noticed this. Not to pry, but how tall/athletic/heavy is your wife? The B5 in a 162 is a solid big guy's ski. It is plenty of ski for most 200 pound skiers. Depending on her weight, size, skill level, and athleticism, your wife may have made a very, very good call looking at something else. Or a B5 in a 152. When I hear about 150/160 pound men or women buying B5s in 162 (or 172), I tend to cringe - that is more ski than most will need.

: Hmm, I would have thought Logruve would have worked that out since he works for Atomic
post #17 of 22
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Originally Posted by crudcrusher
it is sooooo dammed heavy only fools hauling it.
Count me one happy fool...
post #18 of 22
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Originally Posted by volantaddict
I suppose for those with knee or ankle pain, heavier skis may cause strain on the lifts, but that's something else entirely. Also, for occasional skiers, who don't have much leg strength, a heavier ski might be a bit unwieldy, but for those who have the legs to handle them (or are willing and able to develope the strength) the extra weight becomes a formidable ally on the slopes.
Actually, given that the weight of the Metrons in concentrated in the center of the ski (binding location) combined with their relatively short length, the swing weight is no different than any other ski. When they are on my feet I don't even notice their weight (not on lifts or snow). 'Course, I probably can't jump as high...
post #19 of 22
my wifes free ski of choice is a 186 race room GS ski...the b5 wouldn't be much of a stretch.
well...i mounted them, once you do that your stuck.
post #20 of 22
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Originally Posted by ssh
Actually, given that the weight of the Metrons in concentrated in the center of the ski (binding location) combined with their relatively short length, the swing weight is no different than any other ski. When they are on my feet I don't even notice their weight (not on lifts or snow). 'Course, I probably can't jump as high...
The swing weight of the Metron is very low. One of the reasons that a Volant shaped Metron wound be a bear to ski. Volants (on a scale) are no heavier than most any other ski, but their swing weight is indeed higher.
post #21 of 22
yeah, it all boils down to weight and terrain (hiking) but logruve didn`t yet reveal his wifes measurements.
post #22 of 22
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Originally Posted by crudcrusher
yeah, it all boils down to weight and terrain (hiking) but logruve didn`t yet reveal his wifes measurements.
Yet more proof that he's a very intelligent guy!
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