2011 Dynastar Contact 4x4 Ski
402011 sub-80mm skis from Fischer, Dynastar, Kastle, Blizzard, Head, Nordica, Stockli, Elan
46Please help me decide - Dynastar Contact 4x4, Volkl AC30, or Blizzard 8.1
6FS or Trade: 2011 Dynastar Contact 4x4 , 2010 Hart Phoenix
22I'm 6'6 and im getting a pair of all mountain skis 178cm or 184cm
2181cm Atomic Access;159cm K2 Missbehaved; 172 cm Dynastar Contact 4x4
|Construction||Sandwish Layer Construction|
|Core Material||Wood Core|
|Binding System||PX 12 Fluid|
Dynastar 4x4: unchanged for 2011. Superb 75mm waisted frontside carver, 172cm length, 15m radius, dual laminate construction.
1st day: manmade, hard snow at Winter Park, at the US industry demo. Definitely the skis of choice for these days: most everyone was ripping around on frontside type skis, and I don't think I have ever seen such a high concentration of reallygood skiers (like ex-World or Europa Cup level) in one place. These conditions were made for the skis tested here; a good carver makes a bulletproof day a hell of a lot of fun. Definitely the most fun skis, especially on that kevlar-vest like groomer down to the base area, were the most powerful, pseudo-race skis. We all had big grins on our faces.
2nd day was in mostly softer snow and groomers, at Alpine Meadows. These skis still performed well (4 inches of crud isn't going to slow down a frontside type ski), although it wasn't the pure hard snow of Winter Park.
3rd day was mostly hard snow (rain over snow, then frozen) with some crud thrown in. Pretty good conditions to test out edge hold, although the snow wasn't as predictable as the 1st and 2nd demo. Still worth demoing these skis though, especially on groomers.
About me: 5 foot 9, 155lbs, competent all-mountain skier, and could zipper-line expert-level bumps for the first time in my life by early spring. Probably ski 40-50 days per year. I tend to enjoy big open, high speed bowls, bumps, trees, fast groomers. My skiing speed is fast to full-on.
This ski has been well-reviewed, and nothing has really changed on it. The 4x4 is a powerhouse, and skis close to how a wide race ski performs. Very locked-in feel to it: damp, powerful, fairly stiff, no real speed limit. I don't think it is quite as good in bumps as some of the less-aggressive skis: it is quite stiff, and very ski-able, but not the best here. It loves bigger radius arcs, even though it has a moderate radius sidecut, and feels nearly like a cheater GS on the snow. This ski knows no top end, and likes to run. Ski it shorter than you would some skis: it feels like a bear in the 178cm length for me. This isn't a high-energy ski, so if you go too long, you lose what pop out of the turn you did have. Not quite as aggressive to hook up as the Progressor 10+, but once there, it really takes off.
One of the most fun skis on the market; if you want to feel like a superhero on groomers, this is a great choice.