Originally Posted by HeluvaSkier
Actually they were just as terrible then as they are now.
They were a trend (just like how everyone has to be on a fat twin tip with minimal sidecut these days), and like all trends - died out.
They did open up carving tight turns to a group who had never experienced that kind of skiing before (hence probably why they were popular). For those who were experienced in short turn carving the reaction to the Metron was more like - "haha, you're kidding right?"
Good example of the range of opinions you'll find here.
Greg skis the same hills I grew up on, and I know they have basically the same weather on top as on the bottom.
A typical run at Mt. Bachelor would be rime and califlower chunks up top, some nice windblown powder in the chutes down below, followed by nice corduroy on the groomed trails below, until you get into the traffic, where it is scraped down to ice. I've done runs like that 1000 times. The Metron is still my favorite ski for it. I bought some relatively long wide sl skis before the metrons came out, and when they appeared, they were just what I was looking for.
I think most of the line had a bit too much side cut, and I prefer the ones with 13-14m radius over the 11m radius in some of the models.
As far as them being for people who have never had the skill to carve a short radius turn, well that is just common epic ski talk, make your point by claiming those that don't agree with you lack skill. One of the biggest metron fans I know is a former pro racer, who still smokes most pacesetters in the west.