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Girls!--well not really - 2008 Dynastar Contact 10 or 2007 Head i.XRC 800

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Yet another ski selection post. My stats 6'3" 245, 36yo, level 7, used to ski everything (although some things not well). Ski hiatus--1993-2006 (boarded some in that time), relatively new to shaped skis, but have been delighted. I hate to mention due to humility, but am athletic, former defensive end at SEC school (two knee surgeries on one knee, but doesn't bother me-yet). Ski primarily on east coast, with week in Ut. (am going to pick up something wider for that)

Looking for guidance on east coast groomer ski.

What do you think about 2008 Dynastar Contact 10 in 178 or 2007 Head i.XRC 800 (non chip-I think) in 177? Both under $300
Contact 10 is used but listed as pretty good condition, Head is new.
post #2 of 16
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Anyone? Did the title let down piss everybody off, or just the one zillionth post like this?
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Originally Posted by mtwhoosh View Post
Anyone? Did the title let down piss everybody off, or just the one zillionth post like this?
I think new folk around here get the same treatment, but regulars are tired of the same questions. In my very short tenure here at Epic I've learned that it's futile to find that perfect ski for you over the internet.

I am/was in similar situation as you. Long hiatus, and very new to the many options available in skis today. I just said f-it and purchased a good all mountain ski in the Head Monster im78. I needed to get out and ski more than I need to decide which ski to get. (I purchase leftover equipment BTW)

The K2 was the most popular recommendation for folks like us. Head im78's had good following as well. A few others also sounded right for me, but I was tired of looking. These were the two which I narrowed my focus on and a got a really good deal on the im78's (270$) as well as a great set of bindings to boot (160$).

Maybe this helps and maybe this doesn't, pm me and I can give some good links to find good deals if you like.

Kevin
post #4 of 16
I'd go with the Dynastar.
post #5 of 16
Girl here. Oh, not really ? Later then. Translated means , "Never. You didn't take us seriously & it was a fake invite or you were using us as a teaser." don't say anything else about that. Womens's perogative ya know !
post #6 of 16
Of those two, I'd take the Contact, because I'm on the LTD from last year (one step up from the 10) and it's pretty awesome. Hard to go wrong with them.

I haven't skied any of the iXRCs. If it's somewhere between a Xenon and SuperShape it would probably be pretty good. For something that grips like crazy on Eastern ice, and if you like going really fast, try the Supershape or SS Magnum instead.
post #7 of 16
Neither. Go to gear swap and buy the Dynastar 4x4s in 178 for $600. Brand new and a heck of a deal. You're heavy enough to handle them if you develop some skills.
post #8 of 16
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Neither. Go to gear swap and buy the Dynastar 4x4s in 178 for $600. Brand new and a heck of a deal. You're heavy enough to handle them if you develop some skills.
Ditto. No Joke!
post #9 of 16
$600 for a brand-new Dynastar 4x4 is a good deal. But if you're spending most of your time on groomed, potentially icy Eastern trails, a 1-year-old Contact 10 for $300 is probably an even better deal. At least IMO.

If you want to venture off groomed trails but still be able to hold on ice, something a little wider underfoot (like the 4x4, or a Head Monster 78) might make more sense.
post #10 of 16
If you're 245# and a level 7, it would seem to me the skis you mention are kinda short.
post #11 of 16
send dawgcatching a note, he's got some brand new old stock stuff at ridiulous prices.
Oh yeah the "girls" thing...not sure it was effective. Possibly could be, but no, it defiinitely wasn't.
cheers
post #12 of 16
Yeah, weak idea for title. But as far as skis, I've skied both, at your size they'll be noodles or ridiculously long. Just not designed for big guys. Also kinda narrow for your purposes. Some skis to think about: Head iM78, Elan 78, Nordica Mach 3 or Top Fuel, Stockli XXL.
post #13 of 16
Thread Starter 
Thanks beyond--

I apologize for the title.

I was also looking at new 2007 Head iM 77 (non Chip), which are available cheap at Level Nine. Level Nine does have a disclaimer that eastern intermediates should not buy. I am probably at the top end of intermediate or low advanced, although I seem to fit the description of a level 7 skier provided in some other posts here.

I hope to ski at least one week in Utah/Co each year, but will also ski at crappy WVa resorts also each year. Do you think the iM77 would work, is it too wide, etc. I was thinking about getting in a 177 instead of 181, due to the no eastern intermediate comment on Level Nine.
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Originally Posted by mtwhoosh View Post

I apologize for the title.
It was just confusing, as though you expected girls or pseudo-girls (i.e. TVs, or just the confused, so maybe even appropriate?) to respond, but I have to say

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ski at crappy WVa resorts
that's digging it a bit deeper.
post #15 of 16
The XRC is a great line of skis. I bought the XRC 600, 155cm for the Mrs., and they hold me in a clean carve--I'm 6', 200#--I use those sometimes for teaching but not as my regular skis, of course.

I'd get the XRC800 177. The size is right for that ski for you. At that price, you can easily resell them if your skiing advances above the ski's level, which might not happen--they are quite versatile. When you're in the West and get a dump, rent something fat & soft (no, not a chubby girlfriend (or boyfriend?) for the night).
post #16 of 16
If you said the Contact 11 I'd say go for that but I'd chose the XRC800 over the Contact 10. The Head is a very good ski to develop carving technique, but you might out grow it in a couple of years.
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