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2010 Dynastar Contact 4x4 Ski Reviews


Great on-piste, has to suit your style off-piste.


Pros: Edge control, carving radius, on-groomed stiffness

Cons: NOT for powder(ever), not as suited for moguls

This ski was great when I took it out for a demo this season. Fantastic on groomers, at times I thought I was on a race ski, that's just how well it carves. But also, you don't have to be committed to one type of turn. This will make slalom, GS, or slide turns depending on how you flex the ski and vary pressure to the edges. Its biggest downfall is off-piste, where it took some getting used to. I normally ski moguls by reaching the top of the mogul and then pivoting my skis around their center to complete a turn, but with the 4x4's sidecut you really have to engage the edges and carve through the bumps. Also, they don't seem to have much ability to pop, so definitely not a ski to dabble...
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The Contact 4x4, a race carver with crud busting ability


Pros: Performs like a racing ski and can cover the whole mountain

Cons: Requires good technique

I provided a quick and enthusiastic review of the Dynastar Contact 4X4 in Feb of 2008. A day of deep powder at Snowbasin does not really test a ski the same way boilerplate ice does. Is the ski as good as I reported? A day at Mt Bachelor would provide the answer. 172cm Dynastar Contact 4X4 Where: Skied at Mt Bachelor on 1/16/09. Conditions: The mountain was machine tilled frozen granular and some boilerplate ice and some moguls were found on a few runs. Blue sky, 25F at dawn, 45F at 3PM.Conditions were Vermont like with frozen granular. An ice storm hit the mountain last week leaving a shimmering clear blue ice. Carving conditions were awesome due to the effective grooming the night...
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Versatile 90/10 ski


Pros: Good edge grip, Forgiving tail, Extremely versatile turn shape

Cons: Not for deep powder!

Have only demoed at this point, and have NOT had them on eastern ice. Great frontside ski - good edge grip, great for medium radius turns but equally happy at short/long radius turns (just don't expect a SL or GS race ski performance).  Handles itself very well in the bumps for such a good carving ski.  Surprisingly good in soft crud-on-ice as long as you stay centered.  Not for deep powder - but hey, you can't have it all.   Great ski for your every-day frontside all mountain, all-day ski.  Would be great for instructors on non-powder days!  Somewhere between a 90/10 and a 70/30 ski (80/20?) Skis long - 172mm is plenty for me at 5'11 160lbs.

Dynastar Contact 9


Pros: quick, responsive, firm,

Cons: none

 I'd been seeking a lighter, more responsive ski, one that would bend accurately and edge with consistent increasing pressure, a ski that could turn short swing turns out endlessly yet hold on large carving fast turns, a ski that fit my weight (155) and height (5'7), one I could discern my error and joy from.  This ski after two years of usage more than exceeded my expectations.  

Love it

This ski Rips!   It digs trenches when you want yet lets you skid turns went you need to!

Early enthusiastic review


Pros: Great front-side ski for advanced & experts skiers

Cons: Small sweet spot, not for newbies or wanna-bees

This is a mini-review of the 09-10 Contact 4x4, which I just demoed and purchased from Happy Tunes in Carrabassett Valley, Maine (thanks, Lionel!). First, some particulars. I'm 51, 180 lbs., with 43 years of skiing experience. I'm a level 8-9 skier who started skiing in Alaska, later skied in the Rockies (Montana, Colorado) and now ski in Maine. I'm returning to Alpine skiing after six years on Telemark gear. I first tested the Volkl AC30, AC50 and Tigershark 11 Foot as well as the Stockli Cross Pro. The Volkls I liked, the Stockli, not so much. But I was hoping to find a great ski that was also more of a bargain, so I kept looking. I hadn't planned on skiing the 4x4; I went to Happy...
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Still smiling


Pros: Hip scraping carve ability

Cons: Unstable at high speed

Picked up the '09 on clearance.  172cm (15m). I'm a former racer and full time race coach.  I had my doubts about moving from a world cup race stock ski, to this "fat" carver.  Bottom line - I am thrilled!  This ski is very fun. It initiates well, digs a trench when pushed hard and holds on like a grappling hook. Unless I find myself competing inside a race course, I doubt I will move back to the race skis. Why would I?
Bird Blaster

RIPS the frontside


Pros: amazing frontside ski

Great ski! Amazing frontside performance. Holds and edge amazingly well. Got the 178 - super stable. Not the greatest in the bumps. Can be a bit heavy at times.
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