Rating: / 5
Stability at speed: 3.90 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.60 / 5
Crud performance: 3.95 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.90 / 5
Pro Predictably, the women’s version of the Contact 11 excels by virtue of its uncanny versatility. It’s up for anything, but it’s especially fun in short and medium arcs on the groomed. Dynastar does everything it can think of to adapt it to the needs of women: forward-waisted sidecut, judicious heel-lift, lightweight two-piece plate fixed at the toe. The NX binding is Look’s lightweight step-in, but the 11 is also available with the heavier, more precise PX heel for $25 more. Either will work well, but consider the PX if you like power. Whatever the setup, the 11 is a subtle, smooth performer that inspires confidence. "Supple and adaptable in changing conditions, tenacious on the steeps," said Thys. "A calm confidence-builder." Con The most aggressive women may want more muscle.