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What happened to the Metron?

post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 
They seemed to sell pretty well a few years ago, but now Atomic doesn't even carry them. I never had any interest, but someone did. What happened?
post #2 of 20
The Nomads killed them in the US. The metrons were a total carve ski, which is really popular in Europe, not so much in the states
post #3 of 20
This is like the fourth thread about Metrons I've seen here. Wtf? I skied a pair once, was not impressed. They had all the shape but none of the response. Like jumping on a saggy trampoline. Far from Atomic's best effort. I suppose if you're a begginer skier they would do the trick, but I don't recommend, fwiw.
post #4 of 20
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Originally Posted by Chaos View Post
This is like the fourth thread about Metrons I've seen here. Wtf? I skied a pair once, was not impressed. They had all the shape but none of the response. Like jumping on a saggy trampoline. Far from Atomic's best effort. I suppose if you're a begginer skier they would do the trick, but I don't recommend, fwiw.
Similar to my impression though I skied one of the lower end ones. I think the B5 was meant to be a lot better.
post #5 of 20
The Metrons were possibly the heaviest ski/binding combo ever. People would drop them off at the shop and I could barely pick them up- it was awful. Some old codger would need help to put them on his rack or in his car.

They should have been outlawed years ago.
post #6 of 20
Some Metrons were over rated: M:B5 and some were under rated: M10 and M:EX. Yes the first year ones were heavy, the original Neox was a metal track, the later ones were an alu track, dropped over a pound per pair.
post #7 of 20
+1.
I rented an pair and they did what I asked of them but they felt dead and were not fun. They did everything ok but nothing great.

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Originally Posted by Chaos View Post
This is like the fourth thread about Metrons I've seen here. Wtf? I skied a pair once, was not impressed. They had all the shape but none of the response. Like jumping on a saggy trampoline. Far from Atomic's best effort. I suppose if you're a begginer skier they would do the trick, but I don't recommend, fwiw.
post #8 of 20
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Yes the first year ones were heavy, the original Neox was a metal track, the later ones were an alu track, dropped over a pound per pair.
Then they only weighed 27.4# per pair!!!
post #9 of 20
Replaced with the Drive series, and Double Deck models.

The Metrons were not for everyone, but certain models sold out consistently by mid season (B5>B5i, M9 & B11>Foxy Momma).
post #10 of 20
I keep mine under the bed.

They'll come out later this week.
post #11 of 20
One trick pony.
post #12 of 20
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One trick pony.
Durn useful trick tho.
post #13 of 20
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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post
Some Metrons were over rated: M:B5 and some were under rated: M10 and M:EX. Yes the first year ones were heavy, the original Neox was a metal track, the later ones were an alu track, dropped over a pound per pair.
I thought the B5 basicly popularized the all mountian skis with a carving bias (SL shape mid-fat carving skis). It actually wasn't over rated from a few stand points at the time it came out. I don't know how you can say it was over rated when nearly ever ski manufacturer copied it the year after it was released. But in the end I think it didn't stand the test of time becuase other ski companies were able to improve their skis and the B5s performance was ecliplsed within a few years. For me it was the first midfat I had been on that had what I would call good carving performance. I actually thought the ski was alot of fun.
post #14 of 20
Thread Starter 
So...you're saying that the Metron was eclipsed by later (and lighter!) skis with equal width and carving ability?

Makes sense to me. I was just curious, since they seemed to be so popular and now they've vanished.
post #15 of 20
I remember when those things came out years ago; people would not shut up about them...boy did those things fall from grace quickly. I still have a pair of B5s that I have fun on in northern Mi. Atomic billed them as being the swiss army knife of skis, when in reality, they were more like all condition slalom skis. They were heavy and twitchy at high speeds (at least the B5s were) and handled awkwardly in deeper snow. So not really versatile at all in my opinion. That being said, they did have tenacious grip on even the hardest snow and were a lot of fun if you really wanted to lay down some trenches.
post #16 of 20
I'd rather just have a proper sl ski since they perform much better on the groomed/ice and deal with the ~8mm difference in width for everything else. I guess that is why I own atomic sl12s and not metrons.
post #17 of 20
They popularized short ski lengths for skiers who would never ski an SL ski,
they got people over the fear of 75mm waists on hardpack,
they introduced a new, adjustable binding with metal in it,
they got people over the fear of 1/3 edges,
they got people with knock knees or like alignment problems to feel the difference between bases and edges,

I'd say overall.
post #18 of 20
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I'd rather just have a proper sl ski since they perform much better on the groomed/ice and deal with the ~8mm difference in width for everything else. I guess that is why I own atomic sl12s and not metrons.
I also have a set of Atomic SL11s and I have to say the metron B5 has about the same grip on ice as they do. What the metrons really lack is quickness. On another note, everyone bitched about how heavy the metron b5s were when my 162 B5s were only a few ounces heavier than my 157 SL 11s. Still the SL11s are way more fun on boiler plate.
post #19 of 20
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Originally Posted by comprex View Post
They popularized short ski lengths for skiers who would never ski an SL ski,
they got people over the fear of 75mm waists on hardpack,
they introduced a new, adjustable binding with metal in it,
they got people over the fear of 1/3 edges,
they got people with knock knees or like alignment problems to feel the difference between bases and edges,

I'd say overall.
As a 62 year old intemediate skiier I agree 100% with your assesment (skiing on Metron 9)...I only learned to ski at the ripe old age of 51 and used to suffer from all of the above mentioned ailments
I just added to my quiver the Atomic nomad Crimson (sans Ti).
It will be interesting to see if the Nomad becomes my carving ski at Okemo/ Sunapee/ other east coast groomers
post #20 of 20
i thought my M:ex's where a great ski
especially on groomers
i would zip by everyone on the slope and in my ski school group
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