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Short Review of the Dynastar Contact 10 along with questions on powder skis (09 Volkl Goatama)

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So first things first.

Advanced Skiier
Mountain - Kicking Horse BC
Weight - 150lbs
Height - 5'10''

Dynastar contact 10 - 172cm - PX12

After 4 days on these babys I ADORE Them.  They were fantastic on any of the ice kicking horse had, never chattered, never lost an edge.  I found them fairly stable at high speeds and very turny. (radius of 15.4m) 

I chose these to be my everyday ski and it looks like i have a winner when the snows not flying.  They got up on edge quickly and were a blast to drive.  A very easy ski to ski and great fun to boot.

The only thing i miss is the stability of say a 180cm ski on the long groomed runs, but i love these so much more when we move to the bumps.




And now the question - unfortunatly if was VERY cold this weekend and the snow didnt fall.  (between -10 and +10 F)

I got angry and decided to try out my 176 cm volkl goats anyway, and found them an absolute BITCH unless they had at least 3-5cm of crud.  The seemed to crush the crud and any little bits of pow i found, but once I hit any ice or hardpack they were un-bareable and chattered to the point of pain.  I did notice the useable edge is about the same as my 172 Dynastars but the chattered none the less.  Why is this?
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Originally Posted by CanehdianJ View Post

And now the question...

...176 cm volkl goats...
...I did notice the useable edge is about the same as my 172 Dynastars but the chattered none the less.  Why is this?

I doubt the effective edge of your 172cm Contact 10's is the same as that of your 176cm Gotamas.  My '09 Gotama (also 176cm) and '09 Contact 10 (165cm) both have approximately 57.5" of effective edge.  Your 172cm Contacts should have ~60.25" of effective edge, ~2.75" longer than that of your 176cm Gotamas.
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The amount of edge contact is not the reason. The Gotama is softer torsionally than the Contact because it is not built with the intent of hard snow skiing. It is ok for that when compared to it's peers but when compared to a narrow carver that is designed for hard snow, it comes out a distant second.

SJ
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