Background: Me: 5'9" 180lbs 38 yrs male expert skier (level 8). I'm technically sound and usually ski with a lot of power. I ski 30-40 days a season. I ski primarily on piste and spend a large portion of my time in the bumps. I ski in the east, primarily at Killington, so edge hold on firm snow, those out west would call it ice, is important.
For ripping groomers on firm flat days I have a pair of Atomic GS 9's that are a blast, so I don't need a ski that is just a slightly more versatile GS ski, I'm looking for an all mountain ski that will perform well in the bumps, be fun on the groomed, have good grip, be maneuverable in the trees, and float reasonably in the powder.
The Metrons met all of these requirements, however, I keep cracking edges. I have 2 pair and all four skis have cracks in at least one edge now. I've sent them back to Atomic to see if they'll do anything for me. I demoed the Nomad Crimson Ti earlier this season and was wowed by it. If Atomic helps me out, I'll probably pick up a pair and be done. If not, I'll probably stear clear of Atomic because I'm tired of cracking edges.
I've demoed a few other skis and have been underwhelmed. Rosisignol 80's were ok cruising a gs arc and soft enough in the bumps, but were not very nimble. Dynastar Legend 8000's were simmilar. They were both ok for just sliding around but did not seem to like powerful inputs. K2 Explorers were a bit better. They seemed a bit more powerful, but still not great for really laying over, and they were not as nimble as the Nomads.
I'm fixated on Stockli Stormriders, they seem like a good fit, but I haven't had a chance to demo them yet. Also on the list is the Fischer Watea 78 or 84, and maybe the Head im78.
Any feedback on these skis? Any suggestions of other skis worth considering?
Edited by hrspear - 2/23/2009 at 09:10 pm