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replacement for Metron 9's

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
Broke my beloved 9's at the end of last season, looking for replacements. Solid upper intermed skier, east coast(smaller hills), rent when I go out west. Ski glades, anything ungroomed when available. Loved the aggressive radius of the Metrons, had 164s(I think) but would move back up to 170 range for the stability at speed.
Doesn't appear to be anything out there with the same length/ radius as the Atomics. A lot of locals recomend Salomon X-Wing Toronado ti. The 170 has a 14.5m radius.
Two questions, any recomendations?
Also, is there really a huge difference going from a 12 to a 14m radius?
Am asking these questions as my chances to demo skis are rather limited.

thanks
post #2 of 16
My experience with Salomons is that they are the antithesis of Atomic in terms of grip and stability.

There are still lots of Metrons on ebay.   I'd say move to the M10 unless you are really light.
 
There is a trend away from the super tight radius skis, but like you, I still find them fun.
post #3 of 16
Thread Starter 
At 5'10" and 185 I don't think that making the Metron 10's work in the trees and soft stuff will be a problem. What I need/want is the turning ability of the 9, those things were amazing on the hard pac while still being very good every where else. Have not been able to find any on ebay in the size that i want. Local shop has a pair of very lightly used 10's with 410 bindings. I actually liked the really heavy skis, I find them more stable at speed.
post #4 of 16
I'm the same size as you and use the M10 in a 171.  Great ski, somewhat out of fashion on this board, but I still use them in all sorts of conditions.  They are not real stiff but have a bit more torsional rigidity than the M9 so they won't wash out in the super high g force turns.

Here's a new pair, and there are a pile of used ones on ebay

http://cgi.ebay.com/Atomic-Metron-10-Neox-412-binding-171-cm-FREE-STUFF_W0QQitemZ120351845660QQcmdZViewItemQQptZSkiing?hash=item1c05876d1c&_trksid=p3286.m20.l1116
post #5 of 16
 I liked the M10, IMHO it was the most underrated of the Metron line. 
post #6 of 16
Thread Starter 
I have a credit issued from Atomic at the local shop for my old skis(had a set of recalled bindings on 'em). I like the idea of skiing on a known quantity(Metrons) rather than taking a chance on a new set.Don't care about skiing on the "hot" ski, more interested in what works for me. I have an old pair of Rossi 9X's that are my favourite ice, hard pac ski. At 48 I am skiing better that ever and on stuff that I would have never skied before. Yes I have finally taken some lessons but also found skis that I really like. I will grab the 10's at the local shop if they are still available or the ones on Ebay(thanks).

Thanks for the help.
post #7 of 16
Hey Newfy sounds like scoops will joining the 50/50 club soon.;-)
post #8 of 16
Have a pair of Metron 9's in the very limited quiver from 3 years ago, and still skied them a a couple of days last year.  They are pretty well whiped and about to become the rock skis.  Like you think they are a very fun and friendly ski. 

Replaced them with the Atomic Nomad Crimson and like them a LOT better.  They are a very niece all mountain ski. Longer radius than the M9 but you'll figure that out in a few runs, they are still under 20 meters I think.  They are wider than the M9's, but still quick and a really solid ride.  The Metron skis like a very nice recreational Atomic; the Crimson is like a Metron on steroids.  Try em you'll like em'.

If you have an Atomic credit it is something to consider.  There is a whole sack full of skis in the Nomad line and a different may fit you better, but I don't really know them that well; ask somebody at your local shop you trust.  But red skis are the best.
post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by Stranger View Post

Replaced them with the Atomic Nomad Crimson and like them a LOT better. .  They are wider than the M9's, but still quick and a really solid ride.  The Metron skis like a very nice recreational Atomic; the Crimson is like a Metron on steroids.  Try em you'll like em'.

 


you talking about the Crimson TI?  I found the Crimson to be a nice ski, but a bit of a wimp in need of steroids..  It is very different from the Metron.  My wife has both skis, the M9 for groomers, the Crimson for mixed.  It might be a good ski to add to the quiver but is no replacement for a Metron.   
post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by newfydog View Post

  I found the Crimson to be a nice ski, but a bit of a wimp in need of steroids..  It is very different from the Metron.  My wife has both skis, the M9 for groomers, the Crimson for mixed.  It might be a good ski to add to the quiver but is no replacement for a Metron.   

Has Mrs. newfy tried  Dynamics and what does she think?
post #11 of 16
No Dynamics in her collection, but I've started a small cult out here with them.  Always looking for more of them.
post #12 of 16
 If you like a ski that will carve like the Metron and hold an edge you can try the Blizzard 7.6. The are classified as an all mountain ski with a decent radius and pretty quick underfoot but you can get on them and let them run. You should also look at the Volkl AC30 for that East Coast thing. The Tornado is pretty sweet as well. I love the graphic of being able to see the titanium and wood core. Pretty cool. 
post #13 of 16

This is another vote for the Nomad Crimson (not the Ti).  I replaced my M9s two years ago with the Crimson.  I moved up from 178 cm to 183 cm (6'4", 205#).  The Crimson is much more versatile when you get into the crude or even limited pow than the M9.

The OP wanted a ski for "anything ungroomed when available."  The Crimson has the M9 beat if you get off the groom. 

I'd vote to use your credit for a Crimson...

post #14 of 16
 Scoops1025 - I have M9's in 171 that have about 20-25 days on them.  I moved over to the Watea 84 last year.  If you're interested send me a pm.
post #15 of 16
Anyone have some metron 9 in 171 that they would part with?
post #16 of 16

Anyone have some 08 or 09 M9's in 157 for sale?  They're tough to find these days...

 

Thanks,

 

Andrew

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