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Ski length question - Dynastar Contact 11

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
I'm looking at buying a pair of Dynastar Contact 11 skis, but not sure what length to buy.

I'm 6'2" 195 pounds, 32 years old, eastern skier.

A shop tried to sell me them in a 165 today, which just happened to be the only size they had left. I think I'd be better off in the 172 or 178 size. Can anyone make a recommendation for me?

Thanks
post #2 of 12
What level skier are you?
post #3 of 12
The ski level question is important but I'd say the 165 is not the right length unless you are maybe a L-6 or so or you live to ski bumps. I'm 5-10 192, level 8, and prefer the 172. The 178 is not out of the question either. The 172/178 question would be more about speed, terrain, and turn shape preferences.

SJ
post #4 of 12
The 165cm is way too short for a 190 Lbs skier. I suggest the 172cm for better short turn performance out-East. You could use the 178cm at your size, but short turns will be extra work.

see: http://forums.epicski.com/showthread...tar+ stratton

Michael
post #5 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the quick replies guys. This forum is great!

Level 9 skier. I'll ski just about anything in the East, Double Diamonds, Tuckermans.

I'll probably try to find some 172s for the easier short turns. I like to spend some time in the bumps.
post #6 of 12
I enjoyed the 165s at 5'11" and 200lbs, but that was skiing midwestern hardpack. Probably would be a good idea to go a bit longer, but I'm not sure that the Contact 11 is totally the right ski for you if you plan on skiing Tucks and other ungroomed/OB terrain.
post #7 of 12
The Contact 11 is a great soft snow ski. Its relatively narrow and moderately soft tail keeps the tips up in soft snow. It will either skid or carve a turn and its a superb bump ski. It was great in a wide range of conditions for me this year, including the fresh snow in the Canadian Rockies.

Michael
post #8 of 12
I'm 6', 165, and own the 172 Contact 11. Should be long for me, but it's forgiving, and I use it for chop and pow in NE, bumps, medium to long radius turns. If I wanted it more for fall line, I'd definitely go for the 165. At your size, I'd want the 178...
post #9 of 12
I have similar size/stats as the OP, and was looking at this ski also as a narrow quiver ski to split time with a 184 Mantra. Is the 172 stable as a groomer/bump/bumped out no fresh tree ski, or is a 178 really much preferred at our size?
post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by NYSki View Post
I have similar size/stats as the OP, and was looking at this ski also as a narrow quiver ski to split time with a 184 Mantra. Is the 172 stable as a groomer/bump/bumped out no fresh tree ski, or is a 178 really much preferred at our size?
I'm 230 Lbs and use the 178cm, Its a beefy ski. I would suggest the 178cm for western skiing, but the 172cm for the tighter trails on the East Coast for anyone between 185 to 220 Lbs.

Michael
post #11 of 12
I demoed this ski in a 172 (I'm 155-160 lbs.). I liked it a lot, but ultimately felt it was a little too smooth for my taste. Kind of like what I imagine driving a Mercedes is like.
post #12 of 12
172 for sure maybe even 178cm. The 165 will feel like a snowblade on your feet.
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