Originally Posted by hobbes429
Thanks for resurrecting this thread. I am a little confused about the Contact Line. What are the real differences between the 9, 10 and 11 from '07 or the same skis (9, 10 and Limited) from this year?
The 11 and the 9 are pretty different skis-I think the simplest way to see it is that the 11 is based on a more gs platform and the 9 a slalom one-though, in all reality neither one doubles as an actual gs or slalom ski-and both, when paired to the right skier, make for great all-around east coast resort skis. The 10 tries to split the difference between the 9 and the 10 and, from what I understand, falls well short of both. The 10 is a more toothless version of the 11-and teeth are a good thing in the east!
As I said, I skied the 11 and liked it, but I was really looking for a quick carver with some guts-I should add, that I tried both in bumps (at Killington btw) and preferred the 9-but that has more to do with my bump approach (round-carve-ish turner)-but more aggressive bump skiers seem to have high praise for the 11 (It certainly was a capable ski in the bumps in my experience as well).
Another thing-I've heard a few folks dismiss the speed limit of the 9-in my brief experience so far-I haven't found it yet-you can go plenty fast and stable on these skis. I will say that the 9 does like to be on edge a lot more (and when you run them flat they feel a little squirrely-but very solid when on edge-even in soft, sticky snow)-I found the 11 more forgiving while noodling around the mountain (running them flat on busy green cruisers for instance). The caveat is, that the 9's are darn easy to put and keep on edge.
Oh-1'm 165 lbs, ski the 9 in a 165cm and demoed the 11 in the 172-both lengths felt (feel) dead on for me.
At any rate-it's worth it to demo the 11 and the 9-as they will give you a good sense of the two sorts of approaches you may want for a mostly in-bounds east coast ski (even if you decide to pursue those attributes in another manufacturers models)
Finally-I'd like to give a little plug for the auto-drive binding plate system and the px look bindings-I think dynastar has a good thing going there as well.
and the tip-caps on the dynastars look pretty darn cool too-fwiw.
Have fun-your initial instinct is right-you can't go wrong with any ski mentioned in this thread-especially given your stated preferences. Cost is a fair determinant of ski choice too!