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Atomic Metron B5i or Head Xenon 10.0 or ?

post #1 of 9
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My first post on the forums so be gentle with me ;).

 

This is my 4th season of skiing (I only started at the ripe age of 39) and I generally get about 20-25 days of skiing in.  I'm currently a lvl 7 skiier based in Ontario, but I go west for a week of skiing every year.  I'll ski pretty much anything other than double blacks and big bumps (I like my knees).  I'm 6'2" and 240lbs.  I'm currently skiing a lower level pair of Atomic Metrons (my first ski)

 

While I was out in Sun Peaks last week, I demo'd about 8 different skis and the 2 that really stood out for me were the Atomic Metron B5i and the Head Xenon 10.0.  Of the 2 I liked the Atomic a bit better, but would I be buying an obsolete ski?  Any other skis anyone would recommend?

 

Other skis I demo'd:

 

Volkl AC30's - hated them

Volkl Tiger Sharks - good but not as good as the other 2

Elan Magfire 78 Fusion - felt flighty and couldn't really dig in the way I wanted them to

Fischer Progressor 9 - only ok

Solomon X Wing 10 - only ok

 

I seem to like a fairly narrow mid in the 75 range, but still want the ability to go in some powder for the trips west.

 

Any comments suggestions?

 

post #2 of 9

My take is the Metron was ahead of its time as one of the first 75ish waisted ski with a deep sidecut while at the same time stiff enough to hold a solid edge. They sold well for several years and a lot of long time skiers loved them. After selling a bunch of them Atomic now has something that's "New and Improved".

There is probably some truth in their claim but it's probably mostly marketing. You demoed 8 skis and liked the Metrons the best. I think you can trust you judgment as to what you will enjoy the most.

You can probably pick up a pair at a fair price.

Being based in Ontario the Metrons carving ability is something you can use frequently. If you go west and get a two foot dump rent some fat Wateas, but for every day in Ontario and most days on the frontside out west I bet the Metron will serve you very well.

post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 

Any other suggestions/comments?

 

There's 2 other skis I'm thinking about demoing, just to make sure I've covered my bases.  They are:

 

Rossignol Zenith 10 Oversize

Dynastar Contact 10

 

Has anyone tried these skis? 

post #4 of 9

It is clear from you first post that you like skis with mondo sidecut.  There are not too many choices in all-mountain skis with a slalom cut.  The metron would be my first choice.  Obsolete?  Well, I just picked up a  barely used pair of B5's.  Since they are discontinued it will be hard to find a new pair and the used ones will just get more and more 'used'.  Myself, I don't care about skiing the latest graphics, I like what I like.  I think Atomic is heading down the garden path with the Vario-cut.  Too much technology to break for me.

post #5 of 9

The b5's not quite discontinued yet. Shops around here have the 2009/10 b5's which are a gold color. I've seen them for about $799 with bindings. I put quite a few days on the b5's this season with our unsually hardpacked conditions lately. They're still a great performer esp on the icy hard stuff. At your weight, they would be a great ski.


Edited by wizard - Fri, 06 Feb 09 03:49:05 GMT
post #6 of 9

I owned the B5's and loved them.  Sold them because I couldn't keep bending them - stiff.

 

I still have the M:9's, which are less stiff, and loads of fun.

 

I bought the Volkl AC50's, also stiff, but better at speed due to less sidecut.

 

For me, it's all about edge-grip.  Atomic and Volkl excel.

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Originally Posted by wizard View Post

The b5's not quite discontinued yet. Shops around here have the 2009/10 b5's which are a gold color. I've seen them for about $799 with bindings. I put quite a few days on the b5's this season with our unsually hardpacked conditions lately. They're still a great performer esp on the icy hard stuff. At your weight, they would be a great ski.


Edited by wizard - Fri, 06 Feb 09 03:49:05 GMT

Right you are! I thought the B5's were gone.  This ad says they are around one more year by popular demand.  http://www.ski-depot.com/miva/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=A081200&Category_Code=ATOMICMETRON2009&Product_Count=0
 

post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the feedback guys.

 

After scouring the entire Toronto area, I've only found 1 store that's carrying them.  They're selling them for $799, which seems like a fair deal, that would probably get sweeter if I'm willing to risk missing the boat.  I'm going to Bromont next weekend, so I may see what they have there as well.  Maybe try the 2 other skis I wanted to demo.

post #9 of 9

FYI Fernie Sports just got a shipment of B5is. No idea of price but worth a call

(250) 423-3611.

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