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Dynastar Contact-10

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I've returned to skiing regularly only a few years ago and have a somewhat limited exposure to shaped skis. The only pair I've skied are Salomon Crossmax and I am very pleased with them.

I took a gig as an instructor at Jiminy Peak in MA in order to support my jones and make the skiing family thing work. I've been on snow about 80 times in the past two seasons. I've even skied some of those times.

Looking to take PSIA Alpine Level II - skiing this season and I need some new boards. Well, I don't really need them but, I can rationalize that I need them and claim them as an employee business expense.

I ski northeast groomed runs almost exclusively and I prefer to carve turns at a 'relatively' high speed on 'relatively' steep runs - Relative for a 43 year old dad with three kids and a full time job.

I am checking out the Dynastar Contact 10s that are available through PSIA.

Thoughts? Comments? Suggestions?

Not interested in used stuff.

Thanks,
rob
post #2 of 15
Jiminy has become our primary resort as well and in the 50 or so days that we have skied there, I can recall maybe two or three times thinking "I wish I had a nice wide ski today". IMHO, I don't believe a 72mm ski is necessary for the conditions there. Others will disagree.

For the type of skiing that you describe at Jiminy, two skis come to mind: Head XRC 1200 SW and Fischer WC RC. The 1200's being my personal favorites.
post #3 of 15
I think the Contact 10 is the same ski or very similar to the Omecarve 10 from prior seasons. Can anyone confirm?

If so, search on "Omecarve 10" here and you'll see a good deal of discussion.

For what it's worth I have a pair and have enjoyed them on hard snow like you get at Jiminy most days.
post #4 of 15
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Originally Posted by ts01
I think the Contact 10 is the same ski or very similar to the Omecarve 10 from prior seasons. Can anyone confirm?

If so, search on "Omecarve 10" here and you'll see a good deal of discussion.

For what it's worth I have a pair and have enjoyed them on hard snow like you get at Jiminy most days.
Contact 10:
Dimensions: 122-72-102
Turn Radius: 15m @ 172cm

Omecarve 10
Dimensions: 115-65-104
Turn Radius: 13m @ 172cm
post #5 of 15
I'll defer to ellensdad - since he sold me the Omecarve's in the first place!

But, the ski reviews on the Peter Keelty site (www.realskiers.com) give different info:

For 2005 Contact 10, dimensions (rad) are 116/64/104 (12m); lengths are 152,158,165,172,178.

For 2004 Omecarve 10, dimensions (rad) are 116/64/104 (12m); lengths are 152,158,165,172.

Hence my confusion. I had the impression it was just a topsheet change and addition of the 178 length.

Where did the 122-72-102 / 15m spec come from?
post #6 of 15
here is the blurb from the NSP promotions page written by Dynastar for the contact 10.

The Contact 10 is ideal for the skier looking for an all mountain versatile slalom ski. This is the big brother to the cult favorite Omecarve 10. With a 12m turn radius this ski is at home tearing down the fall line.

The Contact 10 has effortless turn initiation, powerful edge grip, and explosive exit out of the turn thanks to Dynastar's Autodrive Technology. The Contact 10 is one of PSIA National Demo team member Jeb Boyd's go to ski when he wants to tear up the corduroy.

This ski is packaged with the Look PX 12 Ti Lifter binding. DIN: 3.5-12

Dimensions 116-64-104
12 M Turn Radius
post #7 of 15
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Originally Posted by ts01
Where did the 122-72-102 / 15m spec come from?
http://www.ski-depot.com/miva/mercha...roduct_Count=8

http://www.untracked.com/highlight-177187.html

ts01, hope your healing quickly.
post #8 of 15
From the dynastar web=site:

Size cm Radius cm Weight gr
158 13 1800
165 14 1900
172 15 1980
178 16 2100

Sidecuts
122

72

102
post #9 of 15
there was a Contact 10 with the same dimensions as the Omecarve 10 just before the new 72 waist one so that could be where the mixup is...
post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by ellensdad View Post
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ts01, hope your healing quickly.
thanks. it's nice to be off crutches. some days are better than others - but every week is better than the last. should be good to go no later than january and doing all i can to get there.
post #11 of 15
http://www.snowheads.com/ski-forum/s...manuf=Dynastar

I skiied the Contact 11 and hated it. One of the other guys tried the 10 and liked them.
post #12 of 15
what did you hate about it?

i suspect you elaborate at the snowheads site but having to register at another website to find something brought up here is just silly.
post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by waxman View Post
there was a Contact 10 with the same dimensions as the Omecarve 10 just before the new 72 waist one so that could be where the mixup is...
I should have added that I think the ski on the NSP promotions site is the same ski he is referring to as offered through the PSIA site since the organizations are joined at the hip (usually) for sponsor promotions like the Dynastar ski/binding combo.

So, if there is a brand new ski with the same name and different dimensions out there, that all fine---I think the 64 waist ski is what skiprob is referring to.

The NSP/PSIA Dynastar promo skis are usually about two season old new stock, this ski has been on the promotion site for awhile so it might be 3 seasons old or so.
post #14 of 15
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Originally Posted by ryan View Post
what did you hate about it?

i suspect you elaborate at the snowheads site but having to register at another website to find something brought up here is just silly.
Perhaps it was my technique, but comparing them to the other skis I tested, they didn't seem to like holding an edge, and the turns were washed out. They felt ungainly when pointing them straight. But most importantly, there was zero fun with them.
post #15 of 15
This years Contact series is much different than the Contact series of the last several years. Check out the dimensions on the new skis vs those littered all over e-bay and the other discount shops clearing out the older stuff.
The binding has also been updated.
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