Love the B5 - Any other skis out there that compare?
I just demoed the '07 B5 at Alpental yesterday for the first time. Conditions were overcast, spring snow with temps in the low 50's. I skied the upper mountain all day - International, Adrenalin, Felson, Snake Dance, Shot 6 and most of the runs into the bowl. I'm coming off a pair of Volkl 724 Pro 177's and Lange L10 race boots. To add to the mix I bought a pair of Solomon XWave 10 boots - also my first day on these.
All I can say is that the B5 was pure joy! I immediately felt at ease on these skis (and boots!). My ability to drive them on steeps and through chutes and bumps was truly amazing. They were also very stable at high speeds. I was able to do GS turns through skied up crud with much more stability then on the 724's. Turning arcs were seemingly unlimited - from slalom turns to big GS turns. I rolled the edges on groomers, was able to modify this technique on steeps, and finally was able to do jump turns with ease through tight chutes on Felson and Snake Dance. Straight-lining the skis was also no problem, with a typical slight edging as with any shaped ski. They did not dance around at all.I've read on these posts that these skis can be a little touchy on boilerplate - as were my 724's but running straight and fast in that situation with a little more edge pressure kept the 724's on the snow. I assume the same will be true of the B5's???
I wish I could have skied them earlier this season in powder, but will most likely have to wait for that until next year. I feel that this ski will perform much better than the 724 - it has about the same waist, but with the much larger shovel and tail. Hopefully this will get me good knee deep powder ability (or better)? That's about the range of the 724 before I had to start working it hard.
I'm looking for a pair of 162's, but would like to ask this post if anyone knows of any other skis out there that compare to the Metron B5???
Most of my friends (including me) are Volkl fans and they are raving about the AC4 in the 170mm length, however, none of them has skied the B5. Anyone tried the Volkl AC4, and if so, how does it compare to a 162 B5??
Thanks in advance -any replies will be greatly appreciated.