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Metron ex 185cm/175cm

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With the help of suggestions from the "bears" here, I went to the ski shop and bought a pair of ex's. They sold me a pair of 175's (I'm 5'-10", 160 lb., ski anything). I skied them for a half a day, hated the skitteryness, felt insecure, didn't like the rougher ride, took them back to my van, put on my 190 cm Atomic Beta Carve X 9.18's for the rest of the day, took the ex's back to the ski shop and asked if I could switch to the 185 cm. Three of them ganged up on me for about 15 minutes trying to tell me that I didn't know what I was doing. I persisted and they switched them for me. Ten cm isn't much on a ruler but it makes a heck of a difference on a ski. I love those ex's now and have skied them 3 days all over the mountain. I can take those puppies through trees that a chupacabra coudn't get through. A ski couldn't be any easier to turn. Frankly, I was a little worried that the folks at the shop might be right that I was making a mistake but I'm sure glad they switched them for me. I am convinced that the short ski revolution is a crock of crap. In my arrogant opinion, there are two solutions to the problem of turning skis; get short skis that are easier to turn or learn to turn.
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I just finished skiing a night sesion on my MEX 175`s and ripped the mountain apart. Big GS turns at speed with great holding power. Didn`t feel skiterish to me. Now my 160 cm P60`s are skiterish at speed. Maybe you had your bindings moved to forward on the 175`s?
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You've gotta go with your experience and intuition. If the 185's felt better to you, you made the right choice.

I'm 6'1", 205 lbs, and I ski the 175's. I'm a level 8 skier and can ski virtually anything in the resort. I'm technically solid, but at 52 years, not as strong as I was in my 20's and 30's (natch).

For me, the 175's are plenty long, and plenty stable. I find them to be a powerful, beefy ski with a rock-solid feel. I'm a downhill racer on those things. I can't imagine what the 185's would feel like.

According to Atomic, you should be on a 165 cm M:EX (see their "Metron Index").

Hence, I also wonder if they made some mounting error on the 175's you tried. Are you sure the bindings were centered correctly on the skis?

At the end of the day, however, it all comes down to you. If the 185's work well, that's all you need to know.

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