When I was looking for a new pair of skis two (or maybe three) years ago, Atomic Metrons were very popular on this forum. After reading a lot of comments, including ones from Atomicman, I have bought a pair M:11 in 162 and thoroughly enjoyed them for two seasons. Unfortunately on my last skiing trip Lufthansa managed to lose all our ski equipment (excluding boots, of course). So now I’m back to “ski shopping”. I did like my Metrons, but reading through this forum I didn’t see them mentioned anymore. Are there better alternatives now in all-mountain category and Metrons are “old news”? Or people simply prefer to discuss latest gear? Due to the time of the year I won’t be able to “demo” until fall, and I want to settle my insurance claim as soon as possible. What in your opinion would match Metrons as “one ski quiver”? I’m level 8 skier (5’8”, 175lb), located on East Coast, but at least once a year go on ski trip to the Rockies or Europe. Ski pretty much everything with 70/30 groomed/ungroomed split and prefer short turns to long ones. Since I had to rent skis during my last trip, I have tried a number of models, but it’s difficult to do direct comparison due to difference in snow conditions. But nevertheless: Fisher RC4 SC and Atomic SL12 on groomed – both are very nice with Atomic probably more versatile and stable. Groomed, powder, crud: Bandit 2- feels OK, but lack in energy, Fisher Cool Heat – didn’t like at all (seems too stiff and hard to turn), Blizzard CMX Pro – very nice, I end up skiing them for 5 days reasonably well in all conditions, excluding absolutely bottomless powder. But being only 70mm underfoot, I’m wondering if I would get better flotation with something a little bit wider, like 75-80mm. In the same time I don’t want to go too wide, since I prefer agility rather than speed. What would you guys recommend to get in this situation? A have read a number of reviews, but would like to hear from “live people”.
post #1 of 32
4/9/08 at 12:57pm