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Atomic B5i

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Thread Starter 
Looking for folks impressions of the B5.
I tried a pair last week 172's. They felt strong, stable at speed and would hold an edge. They got me interested.
post #2 of 13
search for metron in the reviews section. It was one of the most popular skis on this forum 3 years ago.
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Originally Posted by rh338 View Post
Looking for folks impressions of the B5.
I tried a pair last week 172's. They felt strong, stable at speed and would hold an edge. They got me interested.
It sounds to me as if you liked them and I suspect that your impressions should be more relevant to you than ours.

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I am skiing the B5 for the second year and they are a fine ski; but, I heard that Atomic is dropping the Metron line next year. Has anyone else heard that?
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I've been skiing the Metron B5 for the past two years. This is the ski for some one who wants to make slalom turns on a variety of different terrain types. It's basically a fat slalom ski (it has more sidecut than most slalom skis--12m in the 162). The extra width and copious sidecut lets you really push this ski up onto its edges in cruddy terrain--no booting out. While I wouldn't label as unstable, it's definitely twitchy at higher speeds. The really incredible thing about this ski is it's edge grip, it'll hold onto a carve as long as you want on the worst the east coast has to offer. It seems like recently the Metron B5 has really fallen out of favor on this board. While it is a heavy ski, my pair of 162s is only a lb. heavier than my old atomic SL11s; you really don't notice the weight while you're skiing. And contrary to what most will tell you, it has no problem skidding turns when you want to. Unfortunately a one ski quiver it's not, but if you really like to make slalom turns all day you will definitely enjoy them.
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has the ski changed in the past couple years to make it fall out of favor?

also why do you say its not a one ski quiver?
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Like I implied in my earlier post, I really like the B5. It has made me a far better skier. I ski pretty much all terrain with it including bumps, groomed, and trees. I do not do extreme things though such as chutes, steeps, helisking, etc. I feel I have greater capability with the B5 than my natural ability allows. However, I recently had the opportunity to ski deep powder and while the B5 got on top of the snow I felt I needed a little more speed to do well. So my personal response to the "one ski quiver" is that I would like to have a pair of powder specifci skis to go along with my B5's. In my opinion, the B5 and a powder specific ski would be a great two ski quiver, and based on my 38 years of skiing experience, would be all that I would ever need. Of course the B5's will wear out someday and I will be faced with more decisions. As far as the "twitchy" comment goes...I agree, but when I feel twitch I just give a little more edge and the twicth disappears.
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wow thats great news for me b/c i dont forsee myself in boston doing much powder skiing. thanks for the great response

is the metron disappearing in 2009?
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I have no experience with these skis, but i have read some reviews for them, so take my 2cents with a grain of salt:

The Metron B5i skis are truly carving skis, with a small turn radius and all. They are okay for all conditions, but favor the groomers a little more than anything else. While these skis are technically, the "top of the line" for Atomic Metron series, they arn't the fastest Metrons, although you could say they are the most forgiving. the 11B5C is the fastest ski of the Metrons, and it is obviously a little less forgiving. Also, don' forget that they are quite heavy for skis, if that matters to you (meh, personally, I really don't care unless I am on a 10 min long chairlift ride). So if you want to carve mainly on groomers, then this might just be your ski.

On a more seperate note, this was one of the most popular ski lines in the recent past. The Metron could be described as a "fad" ski, it is "in" for maybe 2-3 seasons, but people are getting tired of it now. It's the same formula, wide tip/tail, narrow waist (aka, fat looking skis), packed with technology (like Beta 5). So yeah, they are getting old, people are going towards other ski manufacturers and lines nowadays. I would suggest that you wait another season, as I wouldn't be all that surprised if Atomic replaced the Metron line, I mean, all their lines are replaced every 2-3 years (except for the Race lineup, but that's obvious), so the Metron isn't really new. Plus, I'd be looking forward to their "Metron replacement", unless they want to stop making Metron-esque skis totally.
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Atomic Metron B5 = Hypercarver, spring crud buster, confidence builder.

Not a powder ski or park player.
post #11 of 13

B5 lover!

Had my b5's for two years. Great, versatile ski. Moved to Utah, and with my size 6'2" 215 lbs, the waist is simply too narrow for it to really be considered an all mountain ski. In Mammoth, Tahoe, and Whistler, with dense snow it was outstanding! I'm only using it now, if it hasn't snowed in a few, or there's only 1-5 inches of new snow. Depending on what, and where you ski it really is an phenomenal ski. I've skied the Volkl Tigershark 12 and with it's wider waist, I'd consider that more in the all mountain realm. Although I haven't been on the Nordica Hotrod Hellcat, I'd say that bad boy will do it all as well.
Just depends...
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I couldn't agree more. In the conditions I ski in in the Wasatch, trees, chutes, tight powder turns, with my weight, and that narrow waist, it isn't a match for bottomless powder.
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2008 B5i

I just tried the B5i and found them a little stiffer than the earlier models. I skied on them for the last 4 years. Has anyone else noticed any difference from this years b5i to last years or earlier b5's?

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