Originally Posted by trekchick
When you say the M11 has a little less energy, I know what I'm picturing but what do you mean by that?
As far as beefy, I can definitely do it but I understand that the b5 is a lot more beefy than the AC4, Is that correct?
My friend said that the B5 technology (again comparing to the M11) should make less chatter at speed and a smoother run so your not getting leg fatigue from the chatter, If you don't mind the extra weight of the ski. Is that correct?
AND when we are talking about weight difference, what are we thinking...2 lbs or 5 lbs?
Keep in mind I'm skiing at Crystal Mt mostly with only 1 trip a year to Colorado, so I'm getting fast runs with a lot of chair lift time.(fortunately I live close enough to ski 4 times a week)
So far you've got me convince B5 is worth the extra$$$. But I'm making my decision in two days, then I've got to live with it.
Don't let me "convince you" of anything; I'm just trying to share what I know and have learned about skis over the past few years. I'm not selling anything (contrary to what some on Epic seem to think of me!).
That said, I think that the AC4 and b5 are probably in the same category in terms of their "strength". The b5s, though, have a lot more sidecut, and tend to arc very nicely on hardpack and ice. I know that some folks prefer the 5* and 6*, but I much prefered the b5 to all of them on hardpack, and they are (again in my opinion and experience) more versatile in crud, pow, etc.
The M:11 is a great ski. It is lighter than the b5, with the same sidecut. It does not have the benefit of the b5 design, so it will experience a bit more vibration at speed. I personally found the b5 to return more energy and be more alive under foot, while still smoothing out the terrain and making all of the conditions skiable.
I don't know the difference in weight. I do know that I never once noticed the weight of the b5s when they were on my feet (only on my shoulder). The '06 Neox bindings are 1.1 lbs lighter, and the bindings were where most of the weight was.
I skied Crystal a lot growing up. Loved it. Demoed Kastle SLs there for the first time.
Frankly, I don't think you can go wrong with any of the skis you're considering. Since I bought b5s last year (together with Fischer RX8s), I clearly like them best for me. I recognize that they aren't "best" for everyone, but the characteristics you are seeking seem to me to be in the sweet spot for the b5. I haven't skied the AC4, so can't compare them from personal experience.
I hope this helps...