Originally Posted by dcb31
Consider the Dynastar Contact 9. Its radius is closer to the RX8 than the Contact 10 or Limited, and it got very good marks by realskiers.com and ski-review.com.
The 10 and Limited actually have the exact same cut, so the difference between those two skis must be in the construction of the ski core or something else like that.
I've tried the Contact 9, 10 and 11 (now the Limited), and found that the 9 and 10 skied similarly, though the 10 could be powered a lot more. The 9 worked well for me if I upsized a bit, but it still wasn't the best at handling boilerplate. The 10 could handle a bit more "oomph" than the 9 in the same length.
The 11 is more GS oriented than the 9 or 10, though it will fire off SL-style turns without a problem. It's also a very light and nimble ski, as are all of the Contact series. Of all the Contacts I tried, the 11 was the pick of the litter.
I find the RC4 Progressor to be a nice middle ground. It excels at multiple turn shapes, carves like a precision instrument on true ice, yet can handle some off piste skiing. It's heavy in comparison to the Dynastars, but it doesn't ski like a heavy lifter. It's a nice step up from the RX8 or RX9, though not as forgiving as either.
(FYI: I'm 6'4", level 9 skier, former FIS racer - so use that as the grain of salt.)