Originally Posted by barrettscv
Go with the Contact 11 if you can, the Contact 9 is not getting rave reviews.
Are you kidding me? From who? Have you skied it?
Contact 9, and 11, You're talking apples, and oranges.
Since you asked about the RX8, and contact 9, I am taking for granite you're looking more for a slalom ski, then a GS crusier. You can't go wrong with either ski. I demoed both a month ago, and ended up getting the RX8. If I didn't already own a wider all mountain ski, I would have gone with the 9. But hands down the 9 was the funnest ski I've ever skied in my life. That said the RX8 suited my needs a little better. I do most of my skiing in the midwest on small hills, (hard pack, ice), and only make to Colorado for about 2 weeks a year. The wider speed range, and narrower waist of the 8 lets me take advantage of this. Also, the narrower width of the 8 fit my 70's neanderthal style.
By the way, I have skiied the 11 before. Reminded me of the K2 Recon. Damp and lifeless. Not for me. The 9 will run circles around it in turn radius, rebound, and fun. The only things the 11 might do better is bumps, and high speed GS cruising with a Cadillac feel.
Bottom line is, doesn't matter what we think, it's what you think.
Sorry I couldn't help with size, I am pretty small, 5'6" 160, I got the RX8 in 160, and demoed the 9 in 158. Hopefully some of the bigger boys will chime in.