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What to purchase after Metron M11?

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
I'll be replacing a pair of Atomic Metron M11 162cm through an insurance claim (long story.) I'm 5'10" and 140 lbs and have about 30 years of skiing under my belt. Home base is New England but I get out West or to Europe about every year.

I'm not a speed freak, I like to make short radius turns but also enjoy carving to some extent and though mogul skiing is not my forte, I still spend a fair amount of time working on them. I don't or very rarely ski the backcountry or the terrain parks. I like skiing glades on another hand.

I'm still a fan of my Metron's (especially once Mike de Santis at Summit in Framingham properly tuned them! I highly recommend his services!) and would consider a new pair seeing as the discontinued prices are rather appealing but at the same time, I'm curious what other newer skis might fit the bill.

I guess my only complaint with my Metron is that I find them to under-perform in moguls (maybe too stiff?) One of the things I like most about the Metron other than their versatility is the fact that you don’t always need to ski them very aggressively. I can relax and ski along with someone of lesser ability at slower speeds and they remain very enjoyable in those situations as well.

I’ll have the opportunity to demo stuff both on East and West coast in a few weeks. What would you recommend?
post #2 of 12
Check out the Dynastar 4x4.
post #3 of 12
I had a different experience with the M11s than you did. I liked them when I demoed them but never really liked my own pair. I especially disliked them in bumps. To me they felt heavy and not playful at all.

This year I've been skiing a pair of Blizzard MagSLs and I've been having a blast ripping SR carves. Compared to the Atomic these seem so maneuverable and playful. They seem so light on my feet (yet very stable). Tightening the arc is just a little angle or pressure away. I haven't found the explosive pop out of the turn that I could get with the M11 yet but I haven't logged all that many hours on them either. I sure wouldn't recommend them as a bump ski but I'll bet I'd do better on them than on the Atomics. Definitely a fun ski that, for me, compares favorably to the M11.
post #4 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the early responses!

MojoMan,

Thanks will look into that model. I assume you are talking about the 2009 model?

Bumpfreaq,

What model are you talking about exactly? I'm not good with the abbreviations with that brand. Do they ski roughly the same length as the Metron line?
post #5 of 12
They are Magnesium SL or SL Magnesium... not really sure myself. My M11s were 172 and I remember feeling that they were quite short. The Blizzards are 165 and they seem fine. Both were the shortest ski I'd been on in a long time.
post #6 of 12
the metron will never be great in bumps unlesss you learn a really round turn.

any ski that has much shape wont be that good of a bump ski. so are you willing to give up some turn raduis and soft snow forgiveness for bump performance, and hard snow grip?
post #7 of 12
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post
any ski that has much shape wont be that good of a bump ski. so are you willing to give up some turn raduis and soft snow forgiveness for bump performance, and hard snow grip?
Well, I can't say if I'm ready to "give up" anything yet but I'm definitely open to demoing skis that would perform better than the Metron in the bumps while retaining some of the same characteristics in other terrain. What skis would you recommend I try to follow your train of thought? thanks.
post #8 of 12
Thread Starter 
Hi guys,

So I've been looking at some of the recommendations. So far the Dynastar 4x4 contact is the ski that caught my attention. Can anyone compare to the Metron? How does it handle in moguls? Thanks. Any other recommendations, always welcomed!
post #9 of 12
As already mentioned, the 4X4 is quite a bit more versatile than the M-11. The reason (also already mentioned) is the more moderate sidecut.

Oh.........and I'd have Mr DeSantis tune these too (he does know what he is about)

SJ
post #10 of 12
Hi,
Suggestion,,
Consider the Metron B5C.
All of your comments have merit, and I have personally experienced them having had two pairs of Met B5 over the years. Generally, a very good ski, but lacking in versitility for SOME people.
The B5C is my goto ski. It will deal with conditions to the extent that you are not thinking about the equipment at all. That said, it is not a perfect ice ski,,but it will,,,.... nothing beats a comp[ish] ski here.
I suspect this ski will be retired from the line soon,,.I plan on putting a pair ot two in the closet for sure.
Demo if you have the opportunity.
post #11 of 12

Go for Metron B5C [connected]. It is a significantly more versital ski than all other Metrons.

Wrap your hands around a pair while you can still get them. What you described what you want is exactly what they are!

I went exactly the same route, granted I also have significantly more powerful skiis ie SX11 & Crim TI, along w/ Sweet and Snoop Daddies,,but the B5C is my "go to " ski.

I can lead the pack so long as it's not full on race skiis, pull off nice entry level demo's, and take them out west for a vaca. Best described,,,,when you'r on them, you are thinking skiing, not skiis.......

good hunting

post #12 of 12

I skied the Metron M 11 for two years a couple of years ago. The next skis I got were 15 meter and 17 meter radius race carvers. Maybe just me , but the 12 meter radius turning Metron lost its appeal and I wanted something that was a bit less turny.

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