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Dynastar Contact 4X4 (09') or the Blizzard G Force Supersonic IQ (09' -used)???

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I am in the market for a new set of boards and would like to hear what others have to say about my short list.  Some background on me; eastern skier, looking for a single quiver ski, would love to ride race stock but in need of something fun at lower speeds, ideal sidecut somewhere between a GS and a Slalom (14-15 M), 170 lbs, 5' 10". 

My purchase decision is down to the Dynastar Contact 4X4, 172 cm, 2009, new or a used pair of Blizzard G Force Supersonic IQ , 2009, 167cm. I rode the Dynastars at the end of last year and really loved them.  Haven't tried out the Blizzards, but based on second hand word on their performance  I would have no qualms with buying a pair without testing.  The  decision point for me is new vs. used.  I can't find a new pair of the Blizzard's at a reasonable price like I can for the Dynastars.

I would be satisfied with the Dynastar's; their hard snow performance was adequate and they handle soft snow better than any ski I have ever owned.  Are the Blizzards that much better that I should pick up a used pair to get more hard snow performance?  How much performance did the Blizzard G Force Supersonic IQ loose over one season as a demo ski?

Any opinions would be appreciated.  Thanks,  Chris
 
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I have not skied the 09 4x4's but own Contact 10's, Contact 9's which were precursers to the 4x4.  They are good skis. 

I am also a fan of the Blizzard Line-up having skied most of it.   From a performance stance, I think both would be similar.   I would probably lean more towards the 4x4 though as you get a slightly wider waist.   The trade off is the IQ binding interface is actually integrated whereas the Dynastar interface is more of a bolt on.  You may also want to look at the Magnum 76 IQ from Blizzard.  Another ski that really shines on groomers.

And at 5'10", I wouldn't go shorter than 172 expecially if your looking for more of a GS performance.  Any shorter and you are definatly straying into Slalom range and may overpower the skis.
post #3 of 7
I own the 4x4, Tigershark 10s, K2 Crossfires(70mmwst,) Fischer Watea 84s, and Stockli XXL..
I love the 4x4 for western groomers and crud but would recommend the Tigershark 10s(73mmwst)good $$$ out there, the new Tigershark 11, or the Stockli XL or XXL for eastern conditions edge grip.
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> "Are the Blizzards that much better that I should pick up a used pair to get more hard snow performance?"

Probably not, I'm guessing. Especially as you say you are looking for a single quiver ski. If you're looking for what essentially is a hard snow ski that won't give you grief on the occasional day of cut up loose snow on top, you're in the right ballpark. If you want a true single quiver ski that will be truly at home in bumps, trees, a bit of powder, etc., you might want to move a little more toward the center of the spectrum.

Lot of variables here, but my first observation is that in the length department you're not quite comparing apples to apples. I haven't skied the 4x4s, but they are a bit heavier and have a reputation as a slightly burlier ski, flex-wise. With that in mind, the comparable length is in the Supersonic is probably the 174 (not the 167). If you're comparing the 172 4x4 to the 167 Supersonic, I suspect what you're going to find is that you're comparing stability against quickness. At your weight, if you are a very strong skier who makes mostly big turns, I'm guessing you might find the Blizzard a bit fancy free at 167cm. On the other hand, if you have a light touch for your weight, the Supersonics might be just right. I like the Supersonics a lot, but they're not great as a soft snow ski IMHO. As usual, demoing is the only reliable answer. Since you've tried the Dynastars and liked them, I'd say go for those.
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Originally Posted by qcanoe View Post

> "Are the Blizzards that much better that I should pick up a used pair to get more hard snow performance?"
 

Well, the Blizzards aren't any better, as far as I am concerned.  The 4x4 is more powerful, more stable, and somehow just as versatile as the Supersonic.  I own the 4x4.  It is the best low 70's carver on the market, if you want a powerful, stable ride with some versatility.  It stays pretty close to the ideal of a race carver without giving up much performance. The Supersonic is quite a bit softer, more forgiving perhaps, but not the trilling ride if the 4x4.  Probably the ski closest in comparison to the 4x4 from Blizzard is the SLR IQ in 174cm; that is a much better comparison, although the SLR is a little narrower and probably less versatile. Similar flex to the 4x4, though, and similar performance.
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I own the TS10/Wswitch and I love them as my frontside zoomer groomer hardpack ski..  Now with that being said I have skied the Contact 4x4 and I personally find it better than the TS10..  This ski RIPS if you drive it hard and know how to use your tails properly, it will propel you turn to turn with Power..  The TS does the same thing just not quit as well IMO...  Happy hunting..
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Am reviving the post!  What about comparing now in 2011 the Dynastar contact cross 172 cm and the Blizzard supersonic or even G-power 174 cm with I believe more power and edge grip? What do you think? Both are on my short list!

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