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Dynastar Contact 4x4

post #1 of 17
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I have been a Dynastar fan for several years now.  I previously had the SkiCross 66 and currently am on the Legend 4800.   I am considering the Contact 4x4, 178 cm.  I curious how it is going to compare to what I am currently on.  While I ski primarily in New England on mostly intermediate and expert terrain, I don't want a real stuff ski.  Any thoughts?
post #2 of 17
How BIG are you? I'm 6' and just over 200lbs. in my gear. I ski the 4x4 in a 178cm in New England.
post #3 of 17
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Originally Posted by skium View Post

...currently am on the Legend 4800.   I am considering the Contact 4x4, 178 cm.  I curious how it is going to compare to what I am currently on... I don't want a real stuff ski...

Uh, my 172cm Legend 8000 is probably stiffer than your Legend 4800 (assuming comparable size).  My 165cm Contact 10 is stiffer than my Legend 8000.  My 176cm (but the same running length as the Contacts) Big Trouble is stiffer (at least in the center) than my Contact 10.

I couldn't sufficiently flex the 165cm Contact 4x4 that I demo'ed, which is why I went with the Contact 10.  I think you can draw your own conclusions.
post #4 of 17
I own the 4800 and 8000 and have demoed the 4x4.  You are going to find a world of difference between the easygoing 4800 and the 4x4.  You'll have to drive it and pay greater attention. 
post #5 of 17
I'm 180 lbs. and ski the 178. Wildcat is 200 and skis the 172.  We are fairly similar skiers, and both are happy with them.  I guess I'm towards the light end for the ski, but I wouldn't call it stiff, just solid. 
post #6 of 17
6'1" and 200 lbs here, and I had the 178cm model.  Great ski.  The size was about perfect.
post #7 of 17
6'4"and 235 here, 178 and no complaints.
post #8 of 17
If you don't want a real stiff ski, go with the contact 10.  The 4x4 is Dynastar's stiffest ski.
post #9 of 17
Thread Starter 
I am 6', 210.  I have skied the SkiCross 66 and Legend 4800 in the 178 cm.  I like that length but am told the 4x4 should be skied shorter?
post #10 of 17
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Originally Posted by skium View Post

I am 6', 210.  I have skied the SkiCross 66 and Legend 4800 in the 178 cm.  I like that length but am told the 4x4 should be skied shorter?

I don't think so at your size.......YMMV

For the record, if you use the size calculator on Dynastar's web site they say 184cm for you.
So again, 178cm = Perfect
post #11 of 17
I'm 6'2" and 210 and Dynastar calculator says 182 for me but two good shops told me 178. I just got my '09 178's today and can't wait to try them.
post #12 of 17
I am 5 foot 9, 155lbs, and the 172cm was great.  178cm felt like a 2x4
post #13 of 17
I'm 220lbs and ski the 4x4 in 172cm and love it!
post #14 of 17
It all depends on what your looking for.  We can sit around all day and talk about what size works for different people, but everyone skis differently.  If you want quickness go short, if you want stability in medium to GS turns, go longer.  It's that simple.
post #15 of 17
We're talking about less than two and a half inches here folks.......
post #16 of 17
 I'm considering a pair of 4x4's for all mountain skiing - trying to decide between 172 and 178 myself. ANy input on if the shorter ski will support me @ 172 - interested in tress, bumps also with the ski.

Current all-mtn is 175 Tigershark 12 powerswitch. Would like to unload it for the  Dynastar/Rossi edge feel I am comfortable with
post #17 of 17
 Just got back from first day on my 178 4x4's at Holiday Valley - classic Eastern conditions of mostly groomed frozen granular base. Skis worked very well, hold an edge on some very hard stuff very well and stable at speed but nimble for fast slalom-type turns as well. Weren't wonderful in some crappy chopped up and hard moguls, but almost nothing is and I am also willing to blame the out-of-practice workman and not the tool  - though I don't think most would make this a first choice for bumps. 

Will report again when I try them out west late this month at Revelstoke, Sun Peaks and Big White/Silverstar. Should give a good "all mountain" tryout. 
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