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Atomic Metron - Beta 5

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I am thinking about buying some 162cm Atomic Metron Beta 5s, but im not sure....reviews say that they are heavy and fat. I am looking for a FAST ski. If a ski is fat, would that extra surface area allow me to compete with skiis that have longer lengths? Would the weight of the ski help me or hurt me?
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I am thinking about buying some 162cm Atomic Metron Beta 5s, but im not sure....reviews say that they are heavy and fat. I am looking for a FAST ski. If a ski is fat, would that extra surface area allow me to compete with skiis that have longer lengths? Would the weight of the ski help me or hurt me?
so what makes a ski fast?
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I am thinking about buying some 162cm Atomic Metron Beta 5s, but im not sure....reviews say that they are heavy and fat. I am looking for a FAST ski. If a ski is fat, would that extra surface area allow me to compete with skiis that have longer lengths? Would the weight of the ski help me or hurt me?

I saw those on Craigslist earlier.

Those were "fat" in 2005 but are not fat now, many modern skis have that sort of waist these days. So you can't go by waist size alone.

At 5'10" 120lbs that is going to be way too much ski for you, not because of the waist (75mm) or the length (162cm) in general but because that specific model of ski in that length is meant for guys between 170 and 200lbs.

You were looking at some 187cm XScreams earlier. Those were not suitable for you, neither is this IMO.

You should be able to find something better suited to you than that, for $200 or less. IMO, Craigslist-DC is one of the last (worst) places to look.
post #4 of 13
I used to own the Metron B:5's. I loved them for their slingshot snap out of each turn. A catapult, and a blast!

They're also decent in deeper snow, due to massive surface area (for a carver).

But, with 12 meters of sidecut, they're not good at speed. They waver underfoot when cranked-up.

Also, be prepared for a heavy, stiff ski.

I had great fun with the B:5's. I finally sold them because they demanded a lot of muscle. If I had younger legs, I would've kept them. They're unique.

I still have a pair of Metron 9's, which I enjoy on groomer days. They're less stiff and snap turns with speed and ease.
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I saw those on Craigslist earlier.

Those were "fat" in 2005 but are not fat now, many modern skis have that sort of waist these days. So you can't go by waist size alone.

At 5'10" 120lbs that is going to be way too much ski for you, not because of the waist (75mm) or the length (162cm) in general but because that specific model of ski in that length is meant for guys between 170 and 200lbs.

You were looking at some 187cm XScreams earlier. Those were not suitable for you, neither is this IMO.
whered you get his stats at.

also I still want to know 'what makes a ski fast?"
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whered you get his stats at.
I clicked on the 'find all posts by' link, same as I do for all low-count posters, and found this:

http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=76263
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also I still want to know 'what makes a ski fast?"
The skier.
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The skier.
ding ding we have a winner!!!!!

hey he skis at springs pretty cool.

ok here is the spill.

the metrons B5 is a great ski for springs. your 5'10 and really skinny which mostly likely means your a young guy that will probably gain weight at some time.

I had an EX girlfriend who weighed about which you weigh but was 4 inches shorter. she loved them and end up getting a pair of B5s for herself. she rips on them in everything but bumps. Bumps are an issue for her on anything though because her left ankle is fused.

its really stiff torsionally and longitudinally but dont let that scare you. The extreme sidecut of the ski makes bending it a breeze for anyone. Its is not demanding at all. People get tired on it because short carved turns are hard on the legs. its has nothing to do with its stiffness, and nothing to do with its weight.

ON the width its not that fat, quite average actually but they will be fine with the right tune on icest slopes you can find.

On the length thing, I don't who your trying to 'compete' with on longer skis. but this ski is rather unstable and scary when not turning. Its feels pretty stable at speed on edge, but get straight lining is not its forte.
post #9 of 13
My buddy has a pair of the Metron B5's that he wants to get rid of. His skis are the gold and white graphics the first year they came out with the heavy Neox binding in a 162 cm. He skis with me every weekend out at Seven Springs. If you're interested PM me and let me know what you want to pay, he'll accept a reasonable offer.He hasn't skied them for a couple of years now. They are in very good condition.
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If by some miracle you have the B-5s and they are in good shape--I have someone very much interested---his are shot and he loves them, OR if you have a good suggestion for a similar performing Atomic present day--let me know.

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Hi

 

I am an Australian who loves the B5 for the generally wet cruddy stuff, mixed with occasional ice, that we call snow

 

I would love to bu more Metron B5's so if you have or know someone who has some they want to sell please, please put them on to me!

 

Thanks

 

PS has anyone found anything like them since they went out of production? this is my worst case/plan B option - get something just like them : )

post #12 of 13

I have one single orange and white 162 cm B5.  I broke the other ski, but kept this one around in case I ever found a partner for it, or if I could offer it to someone else.  Super heavy and not the latest wide underfoot design, but SUPER fun.

 

I'm on Volkl AC-50's now which hold an edge about as well.  They're wider underfoot, so a touch slower edge to edge and not quite as snappy, but are more stable and have a little more float.  If you can't get B5's, try those out.

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THanks for the advice - you must have done something pretty extraordinary to have broken the ski given how deep and strong they are!

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