I found this website and it has pictures of all next years gear.
Originally Posted by deltat
Does anyone know if Atomic managed to decrease the weight of their cement block Neox bindings? I'm a huge Atomic fan, but will NEVER buy a Metron because of their massive weight.
Originally Posted by spindrift
I suspect that people's opinions regarding the weight of Metrons/Neoxs correlate directly with how they ski them. If you are inclined toward one-footed "lift the inside ski to turn" style skiing, or lots of older style hoppy turns then I'd imagine you'd notice the weight. A ton. If you are turning primarily by rolling both skis, then I just don't see the weight thing coming into play. How much more energy does it take to roll one ski vs another (even with a heavy binding) onto its edge? Even if you are forcing pivots, the majority of weight is concentrated in the middle of the ski - so as long as you are not lifting it is not clear to me that you'd notice the weight difference (I'll just take your word that there even is one these days).
I notice the weight of my 6-14s + M:B5s when they are on my shoulders. A bunch. Not at other times. And I don't buy the idea that it is a matter of "bias". It is a question of whether or not you are using these skis they way they were designed to be used. And the Metrons - especially the B5s and 11s strike me as skis with an extreme design bias (although you can skid/slide them).
I'm not telling anyone how to ski. And I know plenty of people who ski with an older style than I do and are still stronger skiers than I am. I'm sure not going to tell them how to ski! But I think it is off-base to thrash a ski for being heavy if the entire reason that weight is even noticeable is because you are not using the ski the way it was designed to be used.