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Which ski....Dynastar Contact 9 or Fisher RX8

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
I'm trying to decide between either Dynastar Contact 9 or Fischer RX8 as my next ski.

RX8 is available in 170 and 175 lengths
Contact 9 is available in 172cm length

I'm 6'1" and 200lbs. I ski very aggressively on all types of terrain (bumps, ice, groomed, glades, etc) mostly in the north east.

Any advice on ski selection and length is greatly appreciated.
post #2 of 16
Thread Starter 
Anyone have an opinion?
post #3 of 16
Love my RX8. I ski the 175.
post #4 of 16
I own both the Contact 11 and the RX8. I weight 220 Lbs.

Go with the Contact 11 if you can, the Contact 9 is not getting rave reviews. Consider a 178cm size, the ski is easy to use and quick feeling.

If not, go with the RX8 in a 175cm.

Michael
post #5 of 16
Thread Starter 
OK....so if I went with the RX8, given my height/weight/ability specs (see above) which ski would be a better fit? 170 or 175

Or, does it not really matter?
post #6 of 16
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Originally Posted by kl2657 View Post
OK....so if I went with the RX8, given my height/weight/ability specs (see above) which ski would be a better fit? 170 or 175

Or, does it not really matter?
Consider the 170cm if you want a quicker feeling ski, more SL than GS in character.

If longer turns are important you can also select the 175cm without any problem making quick turns when needed. The ski is still very light & lively feeling in a 175cm. I have the 175 size.

Michael
post #7 of 16
Listen to Barrettscv. He knows what he's talking about. If you still can't decide, I would say at your weight 175 would work better.
post #8 of 16
What they said.
I'm 6'2" 190lb level 8ish and own the 175 - awesome ski and still plenty quick and stable. Have fun.
post #9 of 16
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by barrettscv View Post
I own both the Contact 11 and the RX8. I weight 220 Lbs.

Go with the Contact 11 if you can, the Contact 9 is not getting rave reviews. Consider a 178cm size, the ski is easy to use and quick feeling.

If not, go with the RX8 in a 175cm.

Michael
I haven't been able to find anything negative about the Contact 9 skis... Could you elaborate?
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post #11 of 16
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Originally Posted by barrettscv View Post
Go with the Contact 11 if you can, the Contact 9 is not getting rave reviews.
Michael
Are you kidding me? From who? Have you skied it?

Contact 9, and 11, You're talking apples, and oranges.


kl,

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.

Demo,demo,demo....

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.

Gonzo
post #12 of 16
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Originally Posted by GonzoBonzo View Post
Are you kidding me? From who?
kl,

Gonzo
Yes, I am kidding you. Only you. We all are kidding you. No-one can be trusted. Nothing is what it seems to be....

Get a life

Michael
post #13 of 16
Is it possible the Contact 11 feels a little quicker anmd livelier for bigger skiiers? Micheal, you posted in another thread that you are 220 lbs.

It sounds like both are great in bumps, but some people - like dawgcatcher - seem to say the Contact 11's are comparable to the Head 1200, suggesting that they are damper and maybe more focused on cruising than the RX8's.

I have reduced my choice down to the Contact 11's or the RX8's, but can't decide. I weigh 170 lbs and don't have the strongest legs. I like fast, steep turns and moguls but want something decent in crud and powder and something more forgiving - in theory - than Volkl Allstars.
post #14 of 16
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Originally Posted by GP35 View Post
Is it possible the Contact 11 feels a little quicker anmd livelier for bigger skiiers? Micheal, you posted in another thread that you are 220 lbs.

It sounds like both are great in bumps, but some people - like dawgcatcher - seem to say the Contact 11's are comparable to the Head 1200, suggesting that they are damper and maybe more focused on cruising than the RX8's.
Yes, I am bigger size and I tend to carve both long & short turns. The 178cm Contact 11 responds to tip pressure and this will tighten the turn radius nicely. The RX8 produces quick turns without any finesse, so this maybe makes the ski feel quicker to turn. Yes, as a former 7-day-a-week USSA racer; I know how to bend a ski and can tighten the turn radius of a beefy ski at will.

Comparing the Contact 11 to the Head 1200 makes sense to me. The 1200 is a 69mm wide race-carver with sandwich construction. The Contact 11 feels like a race carver to use. It's a real performance machine and not just a smooth cruiser.

My Inspired by Nobis also has the same quality. It feels like a Cadillac until you lay 'em over and pressure the tips. Then they become quick, fast and friendly.

I posted a review last month on the Contact 11 while at Beaver Creek: http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=48768 . I'm planning on using the Contact 11 in Vermont this month and will summarize its results on ice. I’ll also have my Fischer WC RC to use as reference.

Cheers,

Michael
post #15 of 16
Thread Starter 
The reason I asked about the Contact 9 is that my local ski shop is blowing out a pair for in the $300 range which is much cheaper then I've been able to find the RX8.

Now if the RX8 is significantly better than the Contact 9 in either performance or construction I wouldn't hesitate to spend the extra $$$.

Unfortunately, I won't have the opportunity to demo either ski, so I'm left to make my decision soley based on research.

After searching this forum and the net, there is very little feedback good/bad available on the Contact 9 period. Even within this thread there seems to be some difference in opinion regarding the Contact 9 (one liked it / one didn't hear good things about it)...

If anyone has some insight into the Contact 9 that they wish to share, I'd appreciate it.

Thanks.
post #16 of 16
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Originally Posted by barrettscv View Post
Yes, I am kidding you. Only you. We all are kidding you. No-one can be trusted. Nothing is what it seems to be....

Get a life

Michael
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Originally Posted by barrettscv View Post
Yes, I am bigger size and I tend to carve both long & short turns. The 178cm Contact 11 responds to tip pressure and this will tighten the turn radius nicely. The RX8 produces quick turns without any finesse, so this maybe makes the ski feel quicker to turn. Yes, as a former 7-day-a-week USSA racer; I know how to bend a ski and can tighten the turn radius of a beefy ski at will.


Michael

Lol,

The 9 is a great ski for mere mortals, that have never raced, and lack Bode Miller leg strength. Why did you spend all that money on that huge quiver? If I was you, I would strap 2x4's on for slalom, and maybe go with 2x6's for the ultimate all mountain experience.

BTW, I do have a life, thanks for the concern though.
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