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Demoing: Is there a modern equivalent of the Dynastar 4 x 4?

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Hi - I am going to demo again this upcoming weekend, and am eventually planning on buying some gently used gear at the end of the season. I am a level 7 skier, 6.0" 200lbs.

 

From reviews online, the Dynastar Contact 4 x 4 seemed like a good compromise of speed and stability... can anyone recommend a few modern skis that are similar - so I can see if it might be a good fit for my skills? I am a little concerned that they may be too advanced for me. Thanks!

post #2 of 6

Where are you going to demo?  Would help to know which skis have you liked so far.

post #3 of 6
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I'm headed to Wachusett, which isn't a huge mountain but has a good demo shop. So far my favorites have been the AMP Rev 75, and the Rev Pro 80, and Rev Pro 85. I felt like these gave me the most control and were pretty good under speed. My fear is buying a ski I might outgrow, but noticed the non-Pro version is in my price range especially if I buy at end of season. So, that was the other avenue I was taking...
post #4 of 6

An equivalent of the a fully cambered, stiff carver like the 4x4? You'd have to go with a race-oriented ski from Atomic, Head, Blizzard.  I have the 4x4 and it's a speed demon, holy crap it loves to go FAST. But it's a great deal of work too.  Also not terribly versatile either; forget soft snow and mogul runs unless you're an expert and top notch physical shape (which I'm not in either category).

 

However, if you're concerned about your skill level, look at some of the more intermediate-advanced frontside carver skis.  There are plenty out there that could work very well for you, but nearly ALL of them will not be like the 4x4.  The new ones will feature some rocker and other features to make the ski more "friendly and accessible" than the traditional cambered carvers like the 4x4.

 

The new ones should be less demanding but still provide you with what you're seeking, and allow you to grow into them as your skill level increases. 

post #5 of 6

In the same brand, Speed Course Ti.

post #6 of 6

I have the 4x4, an ex-demo.  It's a great ski.  I'm probably a 7, and the 4x4 gets better every time I ski it -- it forces me to be a better skier.  Not a bad thing, right?  (If my boots fit better, I couldn't ask for a more excellent hard-snow ride.)

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