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Atomic M11 Balanze!!!

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
First of all, greetings. I purchased a pair of Atomic 11 Balanze Puls just yesteday. The problem is that i was just vaguely familiar with the atomic skis, and so i only found out today, while searching my ski at www.skireviews.co.uk, that my skis are for women, and with me being a man, that might be a problem.

Should i worry about that, maybe sell the skis and get a new pair? I mean, do they have something in their design that would make them not as good for men? I forgot to mention, they come with Atomic Device bindings.

I'm 23 years of age, 185.2 pounds, 6.168 feet (188 cm) and my skis are 5.61 feet (171cm) in length.
http://www.skireviews.co.uk/en/atomic/2006/balanze-11-puls/balanze-11-puls-review.html
post #2 of 17
think they are same as m9 or 10....slightly different top sheet....just wear something form fitting and frilly
post #3 of 17
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Originally Posted by skidbump View Post
think they are same as m9 or 10....
The M9.
post #4 of 17
I'm a woman who doesn't ski on female specific skis. In fact, my ski quiver includes some pretty aggressive unisex skis. I've demoed the Balanze 11 and really enjoyed it.

You should have no problem with this ski. As Phil said, it's the M9, which is a significant ski.
Enjoy!
If you plan on wearing lip gloss instead of chap stick, I'd go with the mocha smooches from Mary kay. It compliments the graphix of the Balanze
post #5 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the replies, now can i rest easy . I was really frustrated that they didn't tell me that at the shop, i felt cheated and thought they wanted to rip me off.

Now i've only got two months of waiting, and then i go and ski to my heart's desire, and sadly, wallet too.

I'm curious about one thing, what's an average place for them in the US? i got the skis + bindings for around 375$ and the Atomic M9 ski boots for 220$ (they look fabulous with the blue hinges). I always felt like ski shops here in Romania tend to have extremely high prices usually, far higher than abroad anyway.
post #6 of 17
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Originally Posted by tvlad View Post
I'm curious about one thing, what's an average place for them in the US? i got the skis + bindings for around 375$ and the Atomic M9 ski boots for 220$ (they look fabulous with the blue hinges). I always felt like ski shops here in Romania tend to have extremely high prices usually, far higher than abroad anyway.
Europe usually has higher prices but the $375 you paid is a good deal by our standards.

Cheers,

Michael
post #7 of 17
The ski si the same, but the B11 is different in two respects, there is a 2 MM heel lift in the mounting plate, and a 2 CM forward shift in the binding mounting location. the binding mounting more forward could be a good thing, the 2MM heel lift in the mounting plate may or may not be, depending on your personal geometry, and what you are used to.

Many bindings have more than this amount of heel lift built in. Atomic neox bindings are flat so depending on what binding you have been skiing it may not be an issue. The ski itself should be a good fun ski. Later, RicB.
post #8 of 17
Thread Starter 
I keep feeling better and better . I've had some Sporten skis, 180cm with a very big radius, they look almost like a long rectangle together with some Salomon bindings. They were bought 5 years ago, and i guess they were in the shop for at least two years before i bought'em.

The M11 balanze i got come with Device 259 bindings, now i don't know the neox bindings, but hey, i will get used to them no matter what.
post #9 of 17
i am a male too with the balanze i got mine for 299.
post #10 of 17
put some manly stickers on'em. :-)
post #11 of 17
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put some manly stickers on'em. :-)
Duct tape!
It always adds a manly touch!
post #12 of 17
Thread Starter 
I actually like the way they look so no duct tape, though that was really funny, i was worried about'em not being suited for men, but now i'm at ease.


Do you like your balanze Sittingduck? you happy with how they perform?
post #13 of 17
It's like wearing a pink shirt. It shows that you're comfortable with your masculinity.

Either that, or that you have a detachable schvantz. (Apparently, you can't quote the King Missle song on this forum.)
post #14 of 17
I actually tried these out one day, with my daughter in mind. They work well. Unless you are skiing insanely fast you should have no problems with them.
post #15 of 17
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Originally Posted by tvlad View Post
First of all, greetings. I purchased a pair of Atomic 11 Balanze Puls just yesteday.
What is your skill level and how do you ski? Do you enjoy carving?

The reason I ask is your weight relative to the ski flex. I know 3 female skiers that ski and love this ski in a 150cm. But they are in the 90 - 125lb range.
post #16 of 17
Thread Starter 
I do enjoy carving a lot. I'd say i'm an average skier.For example i can go down withouth any problems on a black slope, the thing is the place where i ski has only one black slope, i believe i'd have no problems on other slopes as well

As for my weight, it is 185.2 pounds (around 84kg) and i'm 1.88m tall.
post #17 of 17
sorry for the late reply. got a chance to ski them over the weekend. I am ~ 5' 7, 140lb. I usually ski a 152 salomon slalom ski. I have the balanze 11 in 164. First run I absolutely hated the balanze because i was getting thrashed around . I quickly found out that I had to make wider turns. After that though, I was literally flying. Amazing ski in packed pow and was holding in icy portions. I really noticed that I can't "sit down" as much and felt that the ski was really pushing me to turn (carve) better. I was wearing a technica diablo boot btw. All in all, very satisfied with the balanze. Thinking of acquiring a fat ski now .. somebody dissuade from doing so!
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