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Have you skied dynastar contact 11?

post #1 of 13
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I'm looking to buy a pair of 07 dynastar contact 11s. If anybody has any comments good or bad about this ski i would really appreciate it. I ski mostly the east and am looking for a ski that will do everything fairly well and will perform very well on groomers and hardpack. I would consider myself an expert skier but on the lower end. I can basically do any trail (other than cliffs) but some tougher trials take me a little longer as well as mogul runs. Also what size would you recommend the 165 or 172?

I am 5' 7'' and weigh around 165-170 (i'm thinking the 172 would be better but im not sure)

any comments and info are greatly appreciated

thanks,
Eric
post #2 of 13
Thread Starter 
anyobdy? I thought the contact 11 is a popular ski.
post #3 of 13
PM michael barrett (barrettcsv I think). he bought a pair last year and loves them. Actually, he may have even posted a review. Did you do a search?
post #4 of 13
I had a pair last year. They were great. I used them for a lot of my teaching and for PSIA stuff. I chose them because they were very versatile good for turns from short to long as well as bumps. I even skied them in the park and pipe a fair amount. I think you'd want the 165 unless you really want to ski longer turns then get the 172.

My only criticismn of the ski is that I felt it lacked longevity. By the end of the season, torsional rigidity was gone and edge-grip was hopeless even with a fresh tune. That said, I probably skied them more in one year than most people will in 3 or 4 years (they had well over 100 days on them by the end of the year).
post #5 of 13
Thread Starter 
wow iI'd love to be able to ski 100 days a year! i normally ski 30-35 days a year so iI don't think the logenvity issue will be a factor. Thanks for the info.
post #6 of 13
PM sent

I am also concerned about the durability of the ski. I think its rates a "excellent" in terms of performance, but only an "average" in terms of durability.

Cheers,

Michael
post #7 of 13
Pierre also has a pair that he loves. He can probably give some good comment on the ski.

As far as length is concerned - if you are a "power skier" go with the 172, but if you are more of a leisure/comfort skier I would opt for the 165.

Later

GREG
post #8 of 13
I had a Contact 11 as my "narrow waisted" ski for last year. I probably used it all or part of about 6-8 days. This is one of the more versatile carvers out there in terms of the manner in which it can handle soft or cut up sbow as well as firm stuff. The C-11 also has a very nice blend of power and ease. The "ease" part comes more from the big taper angle (meaning a fairly large differential between tip and tail width)

I usually get something new in each of my "core" categories each year and may well replace the C-11 (because I can). I also may just get complacent and keep it another year as there isn't really anything that I like any better in this category.

FWIW: This was a very good seller this year and for our store at least, it sold out before Christmas with no reorders available. I'd say I got as many requests for this ski during spring sales as any other and more than most.

I'd suggest the 172 for a one ski quiver but if you are a fall line fanatic....the 165 will work great.

SJ
post #9 of 13
Thread Starter 
does anyone know any other skis that are very good on groomed and hardpack but also can do crud, bumps and trees fairly well. I am open to other suggestions (although the contact 11 sounsds very nice)

thanks
post #10 of 13
The Head Supershape has been a popular choice, although after skiing the Head Supershape Magnum (71mm waist) last season I think that it is the better (more versatile) ski out of the two. Both are great skis though.
Later
GREG
post #11 of 13
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Originally Posted by skierecs7 View Post
does anyone know any other skis that are very good on groomed and hardpack but also can do crud, bumps and trees fairly well. I am open to other suggestions (although the contact 11 sounsds very nice)

thanks
The Fischer Progressor will do the job very well. It's more race-like in construction and Fischers are very durable.
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post #12 of 13
Progressor....

Yeppers.....if I were to sell off my C-11's.....that's probably what I'd get. It is a better RX-9 and that's saying something. (the plate sure makes 'em heavy though)

SJ
post #13 of 13
My C11s are gone. I am looking at replacing them with a pair of Nordica Mach 3 Powers. I might let my VIST X-Frees take over thier duties as well. If you can find a pair of Allstar Titaniums they'd be nice. If I were going to ski Head, I'd getthe iM78. In other words, probably every manufacturer has a great ski in this category.
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