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Dynastar Skicross 9 - What do you think?

post #1 of 15
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Looking for comments on the Dynastar Skicross 9. As far as I can tell, good ski at a decent price, no option to demo. Have demo'd similar skiis.

Any comments on the ski and/or length (170 or 178) appreciated?

6ft tall 175-180lbs w/o gear
level 6-7
ski midwest 6-8 times yearly
3-4 days out west per year
mostly groomed/hardpacked blues, some blacks, some bumps
post #2 of 15
which skicross model?

Olders ones from 2003 or so were the 66's
Then they moved to Skicross 10, 9 etc.
I think the newey models are "contact"
post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 

Skicross 9

The 2004/2005 skicross blue in color
post #4 of 15
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post #5 of 15
I like the Dynastar Skicross 9 & 10 more than almost all the other skis in their class. They both have a solid feel to them. I am about your size but a higher level skier and have the Skicross 10 in a 170cm. I would recommend the same length for you in the Skicross 9 if you want to use them in moguls or make short turns with them.
post #6 of 15
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Originally Posted by Rio
I like the Dynastar Skicross 9 & 10 more than almost all the other skis in their class. They both have a solid feel to them. I am about your size but a higher level skier and have the Skicross 10 in a 170cm. I would recommend the same length for you in the Skicross 9 if you want to use them in moguls or make short turns with them.
I own the '05 SC10 in 186 (I'm taller than you) and i love it.
AFAIK the sc9 is about the same ski, in a softer flex.
The 10 is a great ski, in a 'traditional' way : not overly shaped, no super-short turning radius. A very solid feel indeed, easy and tolerant but very stable at speed. good grip. Quite capable on the bumps (considering its size). It can be skied agressively or more leisurely. Well built also. A GS feel, but easier than most : It loves to be pressured in fast long arc curves, but wont punish you in shorter turns and will accept to skid if necessary.
I wouldn't expect too much grip or speed from a '9, but it should be great in bumps and groomed soft snow, and decent in moderate pow. A very good 'cruiser'. It's a ski that can be skied 'long' : The choice between a 170 and a 178 depends on what you'll favor the most : stability at speed or quickness in the bumps.
The Look NX listed in the Ebay link is a so-so binding though.

Edit :
See http://www.ski-review.com/content/view/82/30/
Edge hold was actualy considered as very good.
post #7 of 15
I ski the 9 in a 163 and love it. but i am much smaller than you are (115 lbs). I find it has excellent hold on hard snow, does indeed make short turns when you want and is very, very stable at speed. It is good in the bumps and in crud, and OK in powder. Anything over shin height and it dives. It is very fun ski with good rebound that feels lighter underfoot than it is. The 10 is nice too, but isn't as lively or fun IMO.
post #8 of 15
The 9 is a great value, and a very good ski for what you discribe.

Cheers,

Michael
post #9 of 15
Thread Starter 

Skicross 10 vs. Skicross 9

Thanks for the great advice! I noticed the person at ski-review.com is recommending the Skicross 10 for skiers over 175 lbs. I'm currently 177 lbs. (range is 173-178). I do like the sound of the liveliness of the Skicross 9, but maybe weight is a concern and a slightly stiffer ski makes sense.

As far 170cm vs. 178, I suspect I'll spend maybe 5% of my time in the bumps on average. And on an average day, I'm probably making short-to-medium turns and occasionally higher speed wider turns.
post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by TBEHR
Thanks for the great advice! I noticed the person at ski-review.com is recommending the Skicross 10 for skiers over 175 lbs. I'm currently 177 lbs. (range is 173-178). I do like the sound of the liveliness of the Skicross 9, but maybe weight is a concern and a slightly stiffer ski makes sense.

As far 170cm vs. 178, I suspect I'll spend maybe 5% of my time in the bumps on average. And on an average day, I'm probably making short-to-medium turns and occasionally higher speed wider turns.
I f you can score a good price, I think you should be OK with a 9 in 178. 178 because
1- the 9 wont overpower you
2- You're OK with short turns
3- They will allow you to speed things up
4- you mostly don't do bumps.
5- I strongly beleive longer skis are manlier.
But do not over analyse the size issue either...
post #11 of 15
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Originally Posted by TBEHR
Thanks for the great advice! I noticed the person at ski-review.com is recommending the Skicross 10 for skiers over 175 lbs. I'm currently 177 lbs. (range is 173-178). I do like the sound of the liveliness of the Skicross 9, but maybe weight is a concern and a slightly stiffer ski makes sense.

As far 170cm vs. 178, I suspect I'll spend maybe 5% of my time in the bumps on average. And on an average day, I'm probably making short-to-medium turns and occasionally higher speed wider turns.
I don't think your weight is a concern. My husband is about 177lbs, got the skicross 9s this year (on barrettscv's advice - thanks!). He's a level 7/8 skier, but hadn't skied in a rather long time. He finally got to try them out last month, and he seemed to like them a lot. I know he really enjoyed the skiing, even in rather marginal conditions - he talked about going to Sugarbush (used to be one of his favorites) the whole trip home . From my viewer's perspective, he got his "skiing feet" back pretty quickly, and looked better than he ever did on the old equipment. The skis seemed stable and relatively easy to initiate a turn, held well on "hardpack". From the reviews I've read on the 10s they're a much stiffer ski. And many of the reviewers preferred the 9s, and they were well above a level 6/7. If I have time I'll look for the review link. Good luck with your decision, they ARE a great price!
post #12 of 15
I have a pair of 178cm Skicross 10 (grapihcs are black mainly) and I have really enjoyed them. I am 5'9" and 165.

They are a great go anywhere, do anything type of ski. The other ski I use for free skiing is an Elan 777.

I find the Dynastars have a more dampening feel vs. the Elans (same length). Both are super fun. I would not hesitate in buying this ski (or similar) again. Versatile, easy to ski, super fun.

Of the two lengths you mentioned I would go bigger. They are really easy to turn.
post #13 of 15
Thread Starter 

Placed My Order

Thanks again for all the great information. I placed an order for the Nine in a 178cm length w/ p.12 Pivot bindings.

Looking forward to one last ski trip prior to the season ending!
post #14 of 15
Enjoy them! I just picked up a used pair, 2003 model, at 170cm, and fell in love with them. I'm 5'10", about 180lbs or so, ski mainly blues with some blacks thrown in, and the 9's absolutely rock as far as I'm concerned (replaced my Rossi 162's, which were fine, but I wanted a longer ski).
post #15 of 15
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Originally Posted by TBEHR
Thanks again for all the great information. I placed an order for the Nine in a 178cm length w/ p.12 Pivot bindings.

Looking forward to one last ski trip prior to the season ending!
Fine, enjoy ! And if you don't like them, eventualy, you could still keep the very fine bindings.
Some feed back is in order of course.
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