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Thread Starter 
Looking at a pair of these right now. Anyone ski these? Or know anyone that has?
Thx
post #2 of 16
I used to have a pair of the 03/04's & they've tweaked the design a bit since then. I really liked them but I feel that the RX8/Metron's are a better option now. I still tune plenty of 5*'s & their durability is excellent.
post #3 of 16

metrons?

I must say, i have a very small vested interest as he's looking my used 5*, but the metron isn't as good of hard snow ski. the rx 8 would be a good comparison, though.

this one was the one with the metal and it held very well, but was quite versatile.

cheers,
holiday
post #4 of 16
I went from the 168cm 5* to the 162cm B5 & IMO the B5 was/is certainly a better hard snow ski - however I in hindsight I was probably skiing the 5* too short & therefore too soft.
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5Stars

Thanks for the info.
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I have the 5* in 168. I am 5-11 150lbs. Im a pretty aggressive skier. I have yet to not like anything about the skis(well not so much in bumps). They rail like a train. The bindings are great, I went with the Ipt version. Definitely way better than my old skis. So I think the ski makes everything a little easier to ski. I would recommend to anyone.
post #7 of 16
I had the 168Cm T50s before I bought the 172 Metron B5. I like the metron alot. Its a tighter turning ski and has better edge hold. The 5* was a great ride though.
post #8 of 16
Have skied both the B-5 and 5*; seem like really different missions to me. IMO, 5* more versatile for all terrain, since it's a cross design, can happily cruise or do fall line work, easy to modify radius after initiation, easy to feather or skid. Good, not great, in bumps. Suited to anyone from high intermediate to lightweight expert.

B-5 more of a hard-charging fall line carver, better on ice, not as good in soft, likes to lock into its radius and just turn turn turn. No skidding allowed. Tolerates bumps if you carve them. More demanding, more thrill when you do it right. Not for intermediates or low advanced.

Unless you know and love Atomics, I'd recommend the 5*.
post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by BCBUD View Post
Looking at a pair of these right now. Anyone ski these? Or know anyone that has?
Thx
5* or the s5? The 5* is old technology. Get the s5 and you will be grateful. It's a better ski.
post #10 of 16
Yes sorry I have the s5 sorry.
post #11 of 16
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Have skied both the B-5 and 5*; seem like really different missions to me. IMO, 5* more versatile for all terrain, since it's a cross design, can happily cruise or do fall line work, easy to modify radius after initiation, easy to feather or skid. Good, not great, in bumps. Suited to anyone from high intermediate to lightweight expert.

B-5 more of a hard-charging fall line carver, better on ice, not as good in soft, likes to lock into its radius and just turn turn turn. No skidding allowed. Tolerates bumps if you carve them. More demanding, more thrill when you do it right. Not for intermediates or low advanced.

Unless you know and love Atomics, I'd recommend the 5*.
+1

This pretty much sums up the difference.
post #12 of 16
BCBUD,
I have an 04-05 supersport 5* in 168. I'm 5'10, 168 lb advanced skier. I've skied them for 3 seasons and fee they are the best frontside carver that I have skied and theyhave the typical firm, energetic volkl feel (I've skied several Volkls). The more you push them, the more energy they have coming out of turns. However, they are not very good in bumps and want to run on you. Tough to make them skid vs carving. Maybe Ok backside ski if you are a stronger/ expert skier.
Bluebear
post #13 of 16

Old technology?

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5* or the s5? The 5* is old technology. Get the s5 and you will be grateful. It's a better ski.
this seems the computer jargon talking. things get old too quick in that world... old tech? this ski has a system binding, lots of shape, great torsional rigidity while being longitudinally softer.

remember that most of the best skis out there these days are "older" tech then these. stockli, elan 888, head, nordica. all vertical sidewall laminate layups. some systems, some not. all good skis.

i'm not a fan of frontside carving skis and like a bit wider and slightlly less shape (maybe old tech), but this one was a good one. it had a layer a metal the newer one didn't have and in many ways i think it was the best of the line. that's what they often do, keep tweaking a good thing until it's not even close to the same thing.

cheers,
holiday
post #14 of 16
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Originally Posted by Holiday View Post

things get old too quick in that world... old tech? this ski has a system binding, lots of shape, great torsional rigidity while being longitudinally softer.

that's what they often do, keep tweaking a good thing until it's not even close to the same thing.

cheers,
holiday
I know what you mean, but the s5 is a better ski than the 5* according to many. The 5* was one of the best in its 'class', but everyone that I ski with who has moved to the s5 raves about the improvements.

Opinion...Spend a little extra and get the s5.
post #15 of 16
One thig to keep in mind is that (I think) the "old" 5* was all wood, while the S5 has titanium in it. Among other pros and cons, an all wood ski will last longer if you do a lot of bumps (no prangs). And all else equal, it'll be a bit easier to flex, so easier carves at lower speeds, better in powder. OTOH, the metal will make a ski smoother, more secure running on ice and crud at speed. So some of this is less about which is the "better" ski and more about how you like to ski.
post #16 of 16
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One thig to keep in mind is that (I think) the "old" 5* was all wood, while the S5 has titanium in it. Among other pros and cons, an all wood ski will last longer if you do a lot of bumps (no prangs). And all else equal, it'll be a bit easier to flex, so easier carves at lower speeds, better in powder.
If you bend it, you bend it. But the S5 is easier to turn and less demanding than the 5*. The s5 is nimble yet it performs. I think if you were to demo the two you would be impressed by the improvement the s5 offers. IMHO.
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