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nordi mach 3 carbon vs. dynastar contact 11

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
hi epicskiers,

i've narrowed my choices for my next season's "narrow" ski down to:
1- nordi mach 3 carbon, 170 cm, and
2- dynastar contact 11, 172 cm-----both 72 mm waist,
based on info from these forums (incredibly useful), and no demoing this late...
i've a wider ski for deep snow..

the criteria are:
-150# male, level 8, 70/30 (on/off), tahoe and utah
-medium/long turns, minimal bumps, med/fast speeds

please help me decide--your choice and why...sounds like a question in
english 101....
thanks....................marc
post #2 of 13
Own the Contact 11, can't speak to the Mach 3 except that it's supposed to be a very nice ride. Contact in 172 at your weight will be a beefy big turn carver, excellent grip, great in slush/crud/boot top pow because of the shape, versatile (even rocks in bumps and trees), high speed limit. But will feel sluggish carving at low speeds, and can feel jouncy in crud if you don't maintain a decent edge angle. If you value moderate over high speeds and medium over long radius turns, or if your 70% frontside is more like 80%, I'd go to the 163.
post #3 of 13
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Own the Contact 11, can't speak to the Mach 3 except that it's supposed to be a very nice ride. Contact in 172 at your weight will be a beefy big turn carver, excellent grip, great in slush/crud/boot top pow because of the shape, versatile (even rocks in bumps and trees), high speed limit. But will feel sluggish carving at low speeds, and can feel jouncy in crud if you don't maintain a decent edge angle. If you value moderate over high speeds and medium over long radius turns, or if your 70% frontside is more like 80%, I'd go to the 163.
Ditto.

I also own the Contact 11 and have the same opinion about size, it's a beefy ski.

Scott "Dawgcatching" demo-ed the Contact 11 and liked the performance of the 172cm, he is about your size. If you ski fast most of the time, the 172cm is do-able. If you want tighter "SL" turns and all-speed performance consider the 163cm.

Michael
post #4 of 13
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Ditto.

I also own the Contact 11 and have the same opinion about size, it's a beefy ski.

Scott "Dawgcatching" demo-ed the Contact 11 and liked the performance of the 172cm, he is about your size. If you ski fast most of the time, the 172cm is do-able. If you want tighter "SL" turns and all-speed performance consider the 163cm.

Michael
thanks for the info ...
i was even thinking 178cm....
i would have been ....DEAD MAN SKIING on this length....
post #5 of 13
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thanks for the info ...
i was even thinking 178cm....
i would have been ....DEAD MAN SKIING on this length....
I'm 220 lbs plus and I think the 178cm is plenty stout. It's a great ski, I use it in all conditions even though I have several skis to choose from.

Michael
post #6 of 13
Thread Starter 
any comments on the suitability of the nordi mach 3 carbon ,170cm?---

bring it......thanks
post #7 of 13
188 Bro's stiff


edit: sorry wrong forum ;)
post #8 of 13
Recently there was a discussion on these skis here

These skis are definitely on the buyers list for the new season, and for good reason.

Now about that bro, Phil?
post #9 of 13
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188 Bro's stiff


edit: sorry wrong forum ;)
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Originally Posted by trekchick View Post
Recently there was a discussion on these skis here

These skis are definitely on the buyers list for the new season, and for good reason.

Now about that bro, Phil?
Sorry, my bad...Atomic Metron B5


edit: D'oh..wrong year
post #10 of 13
nfp158 -

I just received my 170cm Nordica Mach 3 (non-"Pro" so they're the "carbon"; I'm 5'10" 174# 44 yo level 8) from SierraJim's website this afternoon and finished attaching the bindings to the ski moments ago. I'm sure you've seen this thread:

http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=55558

Tomorrow during lunch a ski shop will be testing the bindings. Then either this Friday or Saturday I will be skiing the Mach 3's (@ www.timberlinelodge.com) and will post my impressions that evening. Have not skiied the Contact 11.

Dave
post #11 of 13
I'm 180lbs and my every day ski is the Volkl AC4/177. On a lark I decided to demo the C11/172 thinking they would probably be too short and squirrelly. I didn't go more than 30 seconds on these skis before they put a total smile on my face and endeared me to the point that by the end of the day I knew they had to be the first addition to my new "quiver".

Where my Volkls are Pit Bulls, these skis are Jack Russell Terriers... totally quick and fun, but not too serious.
post #12 of 13
I demoed the C11 in 172 & 178 this winter and I own the Mach 3 carbon 178. I bought the Nordie this spring. There is not a huge difference between these skis. The C11 is a bit better at speed on the groomed, a bit more GS, but still quick. If the snow is firm to icy it gets the nod. the Mach 3 is a bit quicker, softer and better in softer snow. If You like skiing on yesterdays groomed , spring snow, pushed up piles, than the Mach wins by a nose. In steeper off piste stuff or moguls go with the Mach. In crud, go with the C11.

Bottom line : if you are staying 70 on 30 off, lean slightly to the C11. If you are heading to 50/50 the Mach 3 carbon. Both are really fun skis.

I'm 5'11 170#
post #13 of 13
I skied both.

I just purchased the Mach 3 carbon, but only because I got a smoking deal on it.

They are very similar and I would have been happy with either.
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