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post #151 of 166
I'd say thats a pretty solid choice , however I think I am going to get behind the volkl Karma . I love my Gotama's , and ski them most days , but the Karma is just a little more versitile . They are good at just about everything from park to pow .
post #152 of 166
Best as in most effective in the most terrains? B3/Head SS (tie)

Best as in biggest thrill? Stockli XL's

Best as in highest performance in a specific terrain? Gotama
post #153 of 166
Thanks a lot Phil!! Thought this one was done... Who knows how long it will last now.
post #154 of 166
I keep telling myself that the best is one that I already have, and so I nominate Stockli Snake. That’s the ski I take with me when I’ve no clue what weather is going be like or when I can take only one set of skis. The SS is similar to Karma but definitely better looking!
post #155 of 166
I'm guilty. MANTRA!
post #156 of 166
It is a good thing these posts are time stamped.
post #157 of 166
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Its like comparing fine wine, scotches, cigars, cars, favorite parts of a woman anatomy.
Now I know where you got the idea for this thread

post #158 of 166
now i gotta try some Goats next season.

i would have said the Karma last season, but this seaon I hated mine (too short).

personally, this question is crazy. last season i loved my 177 Karmas and Mantras. that's all I rode. but I also never touched groomers last season. I was always skiing at least ankle deep something or other.

this season all i seemed to ride (for the most part) was groomers and quickly found both my 177 skis to be skittish and not very fun. Racked 'em quick. Bought 180 King Salmons and that's all I've been riding (with minimal bursts of the Spatulas) for the latter part of the season and have been pretty damn happy. Also demoed the piss green Titan 9's and after not being able to find any of those at a reasonable price (one shop wanted to sell 'em to me for $500 plus shipping when the newer 2006's were going for $325!!!!!) I bought a pair of the new blue ones. Haven't mounted 'em yet, but if they ride anything like the old piss greens, then i'll be a happy camper.

not terribly sure if it's the added 3-4cm length on these skis or the flex or whatnot, but both have floated my boat better than my Volkls (though i do kinda wish i'd been able to try both the Karma and Mantra in the 184/185 versions).

anyway, everybody is gonna love a different ski. I mean some people love Bud Light. Others Love Red Tail Ale. Go figure.
post #159 of 166
I usually buy at least one pair of new skis every year, sometimes two. They come and go. The one ski I keep liking is the Fischer RX-8; after three seasons I still think they rock. They have a narrow range of use for me -- groomed hard snow -- but they are really in their element there. I like the RX-8 on hard snow better than most other skis in any other conditions. That said, I am pretty smitten with the K2 PE and Elan Mag12 this year; we'll see how long that lasts....
post #160 of 166

Metron B5

METRON B5

If you could only have one - how could you go anywhere else?

Short turns, Long Turns and as fast as you can stomach.
post #161 of 166
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METRON B5
Two years late. As in, back then the Bears were obsessed with the Metron.

The mid-fat-to-kinda-fat stiff-ish twin (Karma, Mantra, PE) is the current Metron. I even bit.
post #162 of 166
190 Explosiv gets my vote.
post #163 of 166
If I was condemended to ski only one ski the rest of my life in all conditions from ice to bumps to crud to bottomless powder, I could definitely ski my 185 Atomic M:EXs and be a very happy guy. Not too wide, not too narrow, not too stiff, not too soft. I haven't found a condition yet where they didn't perform just fine. I can relax on these skis in any snow condition, what more can you ask for?
post #164 of 166
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METRON B5

If you could only have one - how could you go anywhere else?
Ill tell you how...

1. longest size 172cm way to short for high speed big mountain charging
2. roughly 12 meter sidecut in that size, to catchy for longer turns cant be skidded, makes its squirrelly in powder
3. heavy ski and binding combo. Hard to hike with or traverse with. binding forward pressure has to be turned up to the max to work with me.


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Short turns,
yep they do these very well

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Long Turns
my definitions of long turns may differ from yours..

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as fast as you can stomach.
maybe you but not me..
post #165 of 166
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post
Ill tell you how...

1. longest size 172cm way to short for high speed big mountain charging
2. roughly 12 meter sidecut in that size, to catchy for longer turns cant be skidded, makes its squirrelly in powder
3. heavy ski and binding combo. Hard to hike with or traverse with. binding forward pressure has to be turned up to the max to work with me.




yep they do these very well



my definitions of long turns may differ from yours..



maybe you but not me..
I like the Metron, its strength is definitely carving. Its a very nice carving ski, the best I have ridden. Other than that its pretty middle of the road. I don't think its performance in soft conditions is predictable enough for it to be a good 1 ski quiver. The boot top spiral fracture thread is relevant here.

It is stable at speed but only on groomers otherwise it requires lot of micromanagement, you can never just let 'em run. The metron would be a good every day ride if you skied a place with tons of groomers and not so good if you skied snowbird everyday. :P
post #166 of 166
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I like the Metron, its strength is definitely carving. Its a very nice carving ski, the best I have ridden. Other than that its pretty middle of the road. I don't think its performance in soft conditions is predictable enough for it to be a good 1 ski quiver. The boot top spiral fracture thread is relevant here.

It is stable at speed but only on groomers otherwise it requires lot of micromanagement, you can never just let 'em run. The metron would be a good every day ride if you skied a place with tons of groomers and not so good if you skied snowbird everyday. :P
The boot top spiral thread is not relevant here or in any equipment discussion, IMHO, it is all about the pilot! if you are on your tails , have diverging skis and are unbalanced in general, you are going to hurt your self sooner or later regardless of the ski or binding your on.

Of the millions of folks skiing shape or ultra shaped skis how many boot top fractures?:
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