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B11:Balanze Metron

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
Hi - I am new to this site, and have a question about Atomic's new ladies 2007 ski... the B11:Balanze Metron

I demo'd the 164cm skis last month, which I really enjoyed but thought that they may have been a bit long. The 157's weren't available to try.

I am 175 cm tall, weigh 64kg's and my ability is high intermediate/advanced (on groomed runs!). I am fine on groomed slopes and am totally on top of my style etc on any level of run, however as soon as I hit the bigger moguls my confidence drops and I almost feel like a beginner again! I am determined to have lots more lessons to master this and am wondering if I would be making a mistake in choosing the shorter ski to buy considering my height? I had heard somewhere that you are better to choose a slightly shorter ski when you are skiing on Atomics...Is this correct?

I would appreciate any feedback that anyone might have!!

Thanks

post #2 of 15
I'm not an expert on metron's, especially women's but I'm not sure if they'd be the best ski if you're looking to improve specifically in the big bumps. I'm sure you'd love them just about everywhere else, but if you're focus is improving in the bumps something softer would be more forgiving. The only women's model I could really suggest is a Rossi B2W, probably in a 160.

I'm sure some others can shed more light on whether metron's are appropriate for improving bump skiers.
post #3 of 15
With your size the Balanze 11 would be best for you in a 157. The metron line is meant to be skied shorter so you are correct in your assesment on that measure.

I ski a metron, and have skied on the Balanze 11. Isn't that ski a blast!?

However...........
If you're looking for a ski that will be good in bumps, a metron is not the ski you're looking for.
I think there are some brilliant people on this forum who are better equipped to advise on a good bump ski.
post #4 of 15
Geordy, I have changed the thread title to reflect the topic a bit better...

Shorter skis will help in the moguls, and it really depends on what you're trying to accomplish there. Any ski can be skied comfortably in the moguls, and given what you're trying to do, a nice all-around ski like the Balanze may be just the ticket. The keys to choosing a ski is the "feel" you like in them and the technique and skills you have to apply to them. If fear is the only thing holding you back in the bumps, for example, that will lead to a different recommendation than having some fundamental skills challenges might.

So... tell us more about what you like to do when you ski. What skis have you skied that you like? That you don't like? How will you mix up your days when you ski? On-piste? Off-piste? What percentage in what kind of bumps?
post #5 of 15
See if you can also find the M9 (same ski and the B11) or the M10, a bit beefier. Both are a little more common than the B11 and should be able to find for less $$.
post #6 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone for the advice. I have pretty much decided to go with the B11 as I did love the 'feel' of them when I tried them out, and I will go with the 157's - thanks for that.

Someone recently told me that these skis were tried out at the Thredbo ski tests 2 weeks ago, and the girl skiing on them couldn't stop smiling! She said that they could do no wrong. They also said that with the skis standing next to you, if you can almost 'chew the top of them' then they are the perfect length.... they sit right at my mouth so I suppose they must be right! Only problem now is that Australia has had a shocking season and it's all but over, so I'll have to wait until next year until I can try them out again.... Regarding the type of skiing I do here, it is pretty much all on piste as the choice in Australia is obviously alot more limited than in the States/Canada or Europe. Bumps vs. groomed runs would be about 30% bumps to 70% groomed. I think, and am hoping that I will grow into the balanze 11 and just keep hearing good things about them. It's reassuring to know about the length.

Thanks again everyone-I really appreciate it.
Geordy
post #7 of 15
would it be stupid for a guy to use a balanze m11?? i think i bought the women's version on mistake.
post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by sittingduck99 View Post
would it be stupid for a guy to use a balanze m11?? i think i bought the women's version on mistake.
The Balanze11 is the same as the M9. So, If you're happy with an M9.....go for it.
I think it's a good ski. If it says M:11 on it, then you likely have the actual M11
post #9 of 15
it actually says balanze 11 on it i thought that because it said metron and had 11 on it, it was the m11, but it was really the balanze 11. but would it be ok for a guy to use this ski??
post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by sittingduck99 View Post
it actually says balanze 11 on it i thought that because it said metron and had 11 on it, it was the m11, but it was really the balanze 11. but would it be ok for a guy to use this ski??
Depends on how secure you are.
post #11 of 15
i am pretty secure ... i have small feet and chose a women's boot because of the fit! I'm just more concerned about performance. I'm not great but am not a total novice. I was trying to go for a ski that would help me improve and would be a more all around ski than my salomon equipes.
post #12 of 15
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Originally Posted by sittingduck99 View Post
it actually says balanze 11 on it i thought that because it said metron and had 11 on it, it was the m11, but it was really the balanze 11. but would it be ok for a guy to use this ski??
You will be happy with it's performance. The M9 is a formidable ski. My usual ski is the Metron B5, and when I skied on the B11, I really enjoyed it.

The only downside is if you want to be seen on a girls ski
post #13 of 15
thanks for the replies! i think the ski looks HOT and would've never guessed it was a woman's ski. i just noticed the word balanze on it and was like DOH! as i said before, i really just saw three words on it ... atomic, metron, 11 ... SOLD! god i'm so addicted to buying gear AND THIS SITE ISNT HELPING !!
post #14 of 15
I ski the M9 and it has done wonders for me. So much so that my wife and two friends want to upgrade to a similair ski. The hard has become easy and the scary has become do able.

You will be happy and the graphics aren't too femanine (sp?). Most skiers won't know the difference. Actually some male folk on this site ski woman's skis when the graphics don't involve flowers.
post #15 of 15
ok! i guess i'll keep them, although once my friends know i have a woman's ski they'll tease me to no end .. then what else should i blow my money on??? i've got new boots, poles ... maybe i need something to transport all this new gear ... like a hummer!! :P
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