Originally Posted by steveturner
I tried both the M:9 and the Fischer AMC-76 in the 171&170 lengths this year. While they are targeted at different markets they have somewhat similar dimensions. Realskiers rates the M:9 as a low energy-low end ski and the AMC76 as a high end all mountain performer. Like you, I sensed very little flex in the M:9 but had a real sensation of flex from the "higher performance" AMC76. Even though the M:9 had a wider shovel I was able to engage the AMC76's tip more easily. Even on edge the M:9 sometimes seemed to chatter so I moved the binding to the forward position. This may have been more a factor of snow conditions on different days. It does seem to be a strange attribute for this model ski. Maybe it's not as "Low End" as Realskiers testers think it is?
I've not had any issues flexing my M9s. I also think you're onto something in how the M9 is rated, and I think it has a lot to do with how the ski is marketed. I skied them along with the AC4 and the Apache Recon in Breck and ended up buying the Metrons. I didn't notice a large performance difference between the three skis, and just had a great time on the quick-turning metrons. Granted, the snow quality was high, and I haven't had them on real hard snow yet. Taking that into consideration, I haven't noticed ANY chatter at any speed on them so far, and I tend to ski relatively fast. In fact, I can tip my hip lower on the metrons that I have been able to on almost any ski. I've finally been able to brush my backside against the snow on high-edge turns.