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Dynastar Contact Series...need help choosing...60% groomers, 40% bumps

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I'm trying to decide which set of new skis to buy.  I'm a young, 28 year old advanced skier, I weight 145 lbs, I'm 5' 7" and currently I ski on 178 '01Dynastar Speed SX slalom skis which I like but are rapidly aging.  I want a shorter ski, something with quick turning ability (bumps are my favorite)...but also something that can be used as a decent all around ski.  I rapidly tire and grow bored of burning down the mountain making GS turns.  

 

I'm on a budget so I'm looking to buy models from a couple years ago, either '07 or '08 skis.  From what I've read thus far, I've kinda widdled my selection down to a few skis --- Dynastar Legend 8000, Dynastar Contact 10/11/Limited.  However, I'm having trouble determining what ski has what qualities in what model year.  In another words, is a Contact 11 from 2007 the same as one in 2008 and 2009, or did the name change.  From what I can tell, the names change frequently.

 

Also any opinions or experience's people have had with these skis...as having better all mountain/carving or better bump ability would be welcomed.

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 12

 This year's Contact 10 is last year's Limited is the year before's 11.

post #3 of 12

Why do they do that? Just in case there's someone from Dynastar reading, it's not a good idea!

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Why do they do that? Just in case there's someone from Dynastar reading, it's not a good idea!


 

Good question, they are great skis however.

 

I would suggest a Contact 11 or Limited in a 165cm size.

 

Michael

post #5 of 12

I'll second that recommendation.

 

And yes - the 08-09 Contact 10 = 07-08 Contact Ltd  = 06-07 Contact 11. 

Identical ski, different name, different graphics..

post #6 of 12
Thread Starter 

Ah!!!  Thanks so much, you all rock!  I can't wait to get on a new pair of skis.  I'll post back and let you know what I get and what I think.  Hopefully I'll be able to give them a whirl before this season is done. 

 

 

post #7 of 12

sorry about this but i have a question. Out of this years dynastar contacts, which one has the smallest turning radius and has a nice soft flex? The groove, limited, 4x4, 10 or 9

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sorry about this but i have a question. Out of this years dynastar contacts, which one has the smallest turning radius and has a nice soft flex? The groove, limited, 4x4, 10 or 9

 

The Groove is the narrowest and radius 12...not sure about the flex though

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sorry about this but i have a question. Out of this years dynastar contacts, which one has the smallest turning radius and has a nice soft flex? The groove, limited, 4x4, 10 or 9

Of those, the 9 and the groove are similar turn radius wise... I believe the 9 is softest in flex (based on experience).  Both the 4x4 and Groove use a mix of stiff and softer core material - one is stiffer in the middle, the other at the ends (I forget which is which is which).  I believe the 9 is complete made of the softer material.  That said, the 9 is slightly wider, which should give it a bit more versatility...where as the Groove is more of a pure carving ski I believe.  I demoed 8 different skis this year though, including the RX-8 and the Groove was my favourite for on-piste carving.  I had a Contact 9 before, and it felt similar... I'm going back to the 9, because I was able to get a used/demo pair at a decent price.

 

The 10 is stiffer than the 9 and Groove, and the 4x4 is stiffer than all of them.  I haven't read a negative review about any of them.

post #10 of 12
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Wound up finding a decent deal on the 08-09 165 Contact 10s ... can't wait to give them a try. 

post #11 of 12

Cool...let us know how you find 'em.  I've been really impressed with all of the Contact models, but haven't had a chance to try the 10/11/Limited/WTF you gonna call it now...

 

It sounds silly already having some used 9s...but I was actually thinking of picking up a pair of those if I saw a summer deal or something.  I'm almost your exact same size too P.

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Got em today...might head out this Sunday, will keep you posted.

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