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HELP: Should I Buy These Skis Tomorrow???

post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 
Hey all,

On the verge of possibly picking up a pair of 158cm Dynastar Contact 9's (2007) with Look "Fluid" composite bindings tomorrow, but really could use some help from the Bears out there to see if this ski is a good fit for my needs.

Body Stats: Male, 5'7", 155lbs, 21 years old

Skiing Location/Ability:
Advanced-Expert, East Coast (Gore Mountain in Upstate New York mostly), on piste, Blue/Green/Diamond (no double diamond), 7-8ish on skier levels.

Skiing Style: I tend to either bomb it down the hill, or take a nice easy ride with mid-short turning radius. I do minor jumps, nothing crazy, with no rotations (thus don't see need for twin tips).

Replacing: 158cm Elan Reactor PSX Cap with I believe Marker M4.1. Hard to find info on these skis/bindings online, but I believe they're from 2001.

Looking For: Not really looking to expand to double diamonds, racing, or trick jumps/rotations/bowls/etc. Really just want to ski as I have been (described above) with a solid, stable, quick, well built ski that can last me another good 5 or so years.
post #2 of 20
I would also try asking here
post #3 of 20
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Originally Posted by karpiel View Post
I would also try asking here
dude he just doesnt know, he isnt being a jerk about it so feeding him to the maggots is not really course for action.

to the original poster go slightly longer in the same ski. and get better whats the point of skiing if you not progressing?
post #4 of 20
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post
dude he just doesnt know, he isnt being a jerk about it so feeding him to the maggots is not really course for action.

to the original poster go slightly longer in the same ski. and get better whats the point of skiing if you not progressing?
X2 on both accounts. The 158 is a size too short and will be more of a hinderance in your progression.
post #5 of 20
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post
dude he just doesnt know, he isnt being a jerk about it so feeding him to the maggots is not really course for action.
I know, I am just an ass. How come so many "advanced/expert" skiers have no clue at all what skis they should get?
post #6 of 20
Although not the norm on this forum, not everybody is a gearhead. My brother is a strong advanced skier and has no idea what skis or boots he has. He bought the skis at TJ Maxx! He's a natural athlete and skied quite a bit when we were in high school and college, but his interests drifted when he moved to Columbus, OH and Kansas City for work. He's back in NH now and has started skiing again but has no idea what are good skis, what is the right length, etc.
post #7 of 20
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Originally Posted by karpiel View Post
I know, I am just an ass. How come so many "advanced/expert" skiers have no clue at all what skis they should get?
2 answers:

1 - Some people just like to ski and are not gear whores. I know lifelong skiers who definitely meet an objective "advanced/expert" don't give a sh*t about their boards.

2 - Because ski mfr's marketing and ski mag's review are total crap, more adjectives than information. You have to really TRY to gain a clue. This guy is trying.

to OP: +1 to comments that's too short.
post #8 of 20
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Originally Posted by karpiel View Post
I know, I am just an ass. How come so many "advanced/expert" skiers have no clue at all what skis they should get?

The OP is considering a great ski for his intended use. Why do you assume that he is clueless concerning gear?


Michael
post #9 of 20
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Originally Posted by WILDCAT View Post
Why do you assume that he is clueless concerning gear?


Michael
...well he was right about being an A*S, maybe he thought he was on a roll?
post #10 of 20
IanCube...those skis are too short for you. Demo some longer ones, see if you like them. I would say 172 or so is alot closer to what you need/would enjoy most, especially for several years use.
post #11 of 20
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Originally Posted by karpiel View Post
I know, I am just an ass. How come so many "advanced/expert" skiers have no clue at all what skis they should get?
You know the answer, and so does everyone else.
post #12 of 20
That ski should work for you in a 165 cm length.
post #13 of 20
Perhaps a Rossi Z9 - similar cut with a slightly wider waist for a bit more versatility? The Dynastars tend to be discounted more but both are good frontside carvers. And definitely go up in length. At gore wouldn't you feel better on a sheet of ice with a longer ski?
post #14 of 20
Extra length helps up to a point, but if you go too long the edge doesn't cut into the ice as well because the pressure gets reduced (same weight spread over more length). 165 is the right length for 155 lbs, unless you are skiing at unusually high speeds, and then you might want a ski made with those speeds in mind too.
post #15 of 20
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the feedback everyone. I decided to purchase them today, got them for $225, so I'm happy with that price.

Now its on to finding boots, would like to have them custom fitted.
post #16 of 20
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Originally Posted by IanCube View Post
Thanks for the feedback everyone. I decided to purchase them today, got them for $225, so I'm happy with that price.

Now its on to finding boots, would like to have them custom fitted.
Interesting. All the feedback that you got suggested that you buy longer yet you bought the short skis anyway. Sort of makes one wonder why you asked for advice when you don't seem to want to take it.........

SJ
post #17 of 20
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Originally Posted by IanCube View Post
Thanks for the feedback everyone. I decided to purchase them today, got them for $225, so I'm happy with that price.

Now its on to finding boots, would like to have them custom fitted.
That sounds like a good deal. I'm 5'8" and around 200 lbs and I'm at the same skill level you described. I bought a pair of 172cm Contact 9's this year and really enjoy them. I would be ok on 165's but I wanted a longer ski. At 155 lbs I think you'll be ok on the 158's. One thing I've noticed is that they like to be skied hard. They feel best when I'm aggressive and turning alot.

Bryan
post #18 of 20
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Originally Posted by SierraJim View Post
Interesting. All the feedback that you got suggested that you buy longer yet you bought the short skis anyway. Sort of makes one wonder why you asked for advice when you don't seem to want to take it.........

SJ
Have any of you noticed how little ski he started out with?

He's actually upgrading A LOT.

At his size, he should have been skiing the PSX reactor cap in 183cm; the 158cm length was probably correct or little short for him at age 11 (1998/1999) when those skis were new.

Good luck, Ian^3, you've a whole world of skiing (and skier levels) yet to discover.
post #19 of 20
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Originally Posted by SierraJim View Post
Interesting. All the feedback that you got suggested that you buy longer yet you bought the short skis anyway. Sort of makes one wonder why you asked for advice when you don't seem to want to take it.........

SJ
My guess is that he figured most thought this was a good ski for him and he didn't see a deal on the 165s...
post #20 of 20
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Originally Posted by MEfree30 View Post
My guess is that he figured most thought this was a good ski for him and he didn't see a deal on the 165s...
For all practical purposes this is his first shaped ski.
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