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My "Review" of Dynastar Contact 11

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I'm 5'10" and 175lbs and about an "8" with imperfect fundamentals but a passion for moguls. I have skiied the last 18 years on Rossi 4S and 7S's. I skiied my new 165 Dynastar Contact 11's for 3 days at Copper Mtn and Keystone.

-- Great in moguls, in part because at 165 much easier than my old 200 7S's, but also because the tail seems very forgiving. Even when legs were fried, these skis performed well in moguls and kept me out of trouble.

-- Didn't have much chance to try in crud and powder, but clearly going to be better than old skis.

-- Cruised down groomers very well and shaped skis seem to take a lot less energy than my old 7S's to get down the hill. If I didn't love moguls and preferred groomers, however, I would probably go with 172's. Felt very stable and smooth.

-- Easy to make short turns and makes them well. Takes a little initiation, but not much. Held well on hard snow.

-- As other posters had noted, it did seem like that, when I got pretty worn down at the end of the day, I had to concentrate a bit on keeping my weight centered in order to properly initiate my turns, i.e., these skis are easy to turn but don't turn themselves without halfway decent form.

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In sum, I am very happy and pscyhed to be on these skis. They seem like the perfect one-ski-quiver ski for skiing moguls, cruising groomers and powder-crud. It does seem like they are tailor-made for mogul lovers, however, because of the forgiving tail.
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Nice review. I was thinking of going with the 165cm Contact 11, Contact 10 or Fischer RX8. I enjoy skiing moguls as well and was glad to see that you really enjoyed them in the bumps. Would you say that the Contact 11 has a damp and smooth feel or are they more responsive and energetic with good snow feel?
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They seem smoother and more stable than they are lively.

From what I read the RX-8 would be quicker turning and more energetic, but not as good in crud and deeper snow due to the fact it's a lighter ski and to the narrower waist, respectively.

But it is hard to imagine a ski feeling better in the bumps than the Contact 11's did. I think some of that has to be attributed to the forgiving tail - I'm not expert but from what I've read a stiff tail is a large part of what makes a ski more energetic.

I did have some trouble initiating turns on one run through the trees, but my body was so tired and fried on that run my form had completely abandoned me.

The Contact 11's seemed like a very versatile all-amount ski that is smooth and particularly good in the bumps - I have to think another ski could be lighter and turn even easier and be more energetic, but wouldn't be as good in powder/crud or as forgiving and fun in the bumps.
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They seem smoother and more stable than they are lively.

From what I read the RX-8 would be quicker turning and more energetic, but not as good in crud and deeper snow due to the fact it's a lighter ski and to the narrower waist, respectively.

But it is hard to imagine a ski feeling better in the bumps than the Contact 11's did. I think some of that has to be attributed to the forgiving tail - I'm not expert but from what I've read a stiff tail is a large part of what makes a ski more energetic.

I did have some trouble initiating turns on one run through the trees, but my body was so tired and fried on that run my form had completely abandoned me.

The Contact 11's seemed like a very versatile all-amount ski that is smooth and particularly good in the bumps - I have to think another ski could be lighter and turn even easier and be more energetic, but wouldn't be as good in powder/crud or as forgiving and fun in the bumps.
Ditto, and I own both skis.

Michael
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