Dynastar Cham W 87 (2014)

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Rating: 3.16 / 5
Price: $700.00
Year: 2014
Level: 3
Gender: Female
Waist Width: 87
Tip/Tail/Waist: 127-87-103
Lengths: 152, 159, 166, 172

Stability at speed: 3.39 / 5
Hard snow performance: 2.68 / 5
Crud performance: 3.08 / 5
Flotation: 3.31 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.46 / 5
Overall: 3.16 / 5

The Cham W 87 is the narrowest of the Cham women's models, intended for women who ski more inbounds hardpack than powder but still want loose, playful performance in soft snow, including those rare powder days. The Cham women's series is new from Dynastar this year. It's a collection of three models in waist widths of 107, 97, and 87 mm. Like the High Mountain versions of the men's Chams, to which they are similar in all but topsheet, they're built with a paulownia wood core, which makes them about 25 percent lighter than regular men's models. All are tapered in the tip and tail for slashy, smeary powder performance, instant speed control, and enhanced maneuverability (Dynastar calls it Progressive 5-Point Sidecut, referring to the reverse sidecut that extends tip and tail beyond the widest points of the ski.). All models have aggressively rockered tip and tail, for deep-snow flotation, with pronounced sidecut underfoot for arcing on firmer snow. Full-length vertical sidewalls and fiberglass-reinforced wood-core laminate constructions are designed to deliver dependable edge grip and reliable durability. All models are sold flat (without binding).