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Tough decision. Metron M:EX or M:11

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
I've poured over the threads on the board & haven't found a direct comparison between the two , so I thought I'd ask....

First off, my stats:
6'0"/182lbs
Advanced skier (8+)

I ski pretty much all over the mountain (Colorado), but prefer to ski off-piste and bumps more than anything else. The smart thing would likely be to buy 2 pair of skis, but I don't have the jack, nor do I want to limit my terrain choice based upon what's under my feet.....

I currently own Dynstar Intuitiv 74s and had the 69c before that. I LOVE how quick they are in the bumps, but I find that they are tougher to maneuver in the steeps and crud and have poor edge control at speed.

I am trying to decide between the M:EX ('04/'05) in 165cm or the M:11 ('05/06) in 172cm.

Any thoughts or ideas?
post #2 of 14
The M:ex should be the ski you are looking at but in a 175cm, 165cm is laughably short(for that ski) for someone like you IMO. and at your weight and and skill level you should have no problem on that ski. At 175 you will be have alot more for and aft balance

IMO the less sidecut of the M-ex is better in the bumps than other "real" metrons. Much easier to schmear aka pivot and slide.
post #3 of 14
M:EX, baby!

Granted I haven't ever skied the M11, but the M:EX rocks.

And ditto the above rec, you should be looking at the 175 at least, maybe even the 185 (for the record: i'm 5'11", 185lbs, level 6-8 and I ski the 175...found the 185 a bit unweildly in the trees).

Check the Karma, too. I loved the hell out of mine last year at Breck riding the crustified pow off the T-Bar (it's a few mm wider than the M:EX).
post #4 of 14
There are some Sweet Daddy demo's on Ebay now for $250.00, they are a nice balance.
post #5 of 14
I don't know if the MEX in the bumps is going to be all that great. Less sidecut than the Metron 11 but doesn't the MEX have like a 84 waist? You like the 74 and 69 waisted skis you have now in the bumps , I think you might feel like the MEX is a little ponderous in bumps by comparison. Consider the source, I don't have the MEX , I do have an 11 , and its short at 162 cm, It's fun to ski in the bumps. Not an ideal bump ski with the big shovel etc, but very manuverable. I skied last spring out in Colorado on my Volant FB's and skied some bump runs(poorly). Maybe that's my reference regarding a wide waisted ski and moguls. The FB are I believe 94 waisted so that is a bit more than the MEX.

I think the 172 M 11 would ski pretty good off piste and be a little better in the bumps. What you give up in one category with each ski you make up in the other. Coin flip?
post #6 of 14
if you know how to ski on a flat ski(dont look at my avatar lol) the fatter skis become surprisingly good in bumps.
post #7 of 14
If Scrambledawg already has bump skis, then I don't think he's looking at the M:EX to be bump specific...unless i missed something from his initial post.

dunno why you would want a fatter ski for the bumps, especially if you're already rocking some 69 and 74 waisted skis.

and yes, the M:EX is 84 underfoot.

if you are interested in a "fatter" bump ski, that's kind of why I tossed out the Karma suggestion. It's 87 underfoot and folks who bump bumps seem to like how it handles them.
post #8 of 14
M:11 and M:EX are geared towards two different things.

You want the M:EX or further up the Atomic line, especially if you are buying the ski for off-piste crud busting and fast lines.

175 is the default length you should look at and move closer to 180s if you are really skiing fast and deep most of the time.
post #9 of 14
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all the opinions....

I am going to stick with the 175 M:EXs I bought based upon all this feedback....And probably look for some Snoop Daddys on the cheap this year for those days I'm hiking Highland Bowl and such.

Look for me on the hill in CO this year...I'll be the one rippin the bumps badly on my Metrons!
post #10 of 14
Sweet jesus man buy both..end of it

your welcome
post #11 of 14

m:Ex

m:Ex: it's better off piste, both pow and crud, slush and frozen slush, it's like a hummer. In bumps, they will suck equally (m:11 with the sidecut might even be worse in bumps). m:Ex is even skiable on groomers, esp. if you like longer turns, m:11 may have an advantage in groomed short turn, that's about it.
post #12 of 14
The M:EX is like a GS version of the slalom-esque sidecut M:11.
post #13 of 14
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Originally Posted by scrambledawg View Post
I am going to stick with the 175 M:EXs I bought based upon all this feedback....And probably look for some Snoop Daddys on the cheap this year for those days I'm hiking Highland Bowl and such.

Look for me on the hill in CO this year...I'll be the one rippin the bumps badly on my Metrons!
Good choice on ski and length. I don't like my M:EXs in bumps but they are great everywhere else (powder, crud, groomers, spring conditions). I use my 6 Stars for when I am skiing bumps.

Try those M:EXs in the deep before you buy another pair. You might be surprised.
post #14 of 14

Allready used you M:EX?

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Originally Posted by scrambledawg View Post
I am going to stick with the 175 M:EXs I bought based upon all this feedback....And probably look for some Snoop Daddys on the cheap this year for those days I'm hiking Highland Bowl and such.

Look for me on the hill in CO this year...I'll be the one rippin the bumps badly on my Metrons!

Scrambledawg, did you allready have a chance to use you new ski's? Last spring I also bought the 175 M:EX. Because I live in Holland (no mountains, no snow) I will have to wait till the beginning of next year (skiing trip to the French Alps) before I can give them a try.
I hope I made the right choice for choosing 175 because the Metron chart puts me on a 165 (6'1", 180 lbs).

Don't know my ski level but I think it will be above average, I ski all marked slopes (Tignes, Val d'Isere, Val Thorens etc.) and started to do some off-piste skiing. I only ski 1 week a year but when we go we are on the slopes from dusk till dawn. I like to ski fast on groomers. Previous ski: Atomic SL9 170cm

Next trip I plan to do more powder skiing and I thought the 165 would be to short for my length. It seems that a lot of people ignore the chart and buy a bit longer...
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