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Rating: 3.25 / 5
Waist Width: 117
Stability at speed: 3.30 / 5
Hard snow performance: 2.03 / 5
Crud performance: 3.84 / 5
Flotation: 3.98 / 5
Forgiveness: 2.73 / 5
Overall: 3.25 / 5
No Cham ever inspired as much après-ski hot-tub buzz as this year’s 117. It has all the power of previous Chams but also a noticeably friendlier nature. It puts up solid marks across all criteria, including top scores for Crud and Balance, but more important, check out its Overall Impression score: No. 1 by a lot, besting even its French cousin, the Super 7. Chalk that up to its refined mix of power, quickness, and surprising ease. Elling: “Damn, a Cham I really like. Solid, balanced, and burly, but friendly. So fun this year.”
NOTES: The Cham 2.0 117 is Dynastar’s widest ski, with a 147 mm tip and 117 mm waist. This is not your everyday tool; this is for deep powder and epic terrain, designed to dive into the best skiing your mountain has to offer. For something similar but a bit skinnier, check out the Cham 2.0 107 and Cham 2.0 97.
This ski is part of Dynastar’s Cham 2.0 series, which is an update to the Cham freeride series. Each model in the series is intended for big mountain, hard-charging skiing, featuring a wide variety of technology. Cham 2.0 Rocker is designed to bring the tip up and off the ground, but less so than in previous years for a more moderate profile. This profile also includes rocker underfoot and all-new slight rocker in the tail designed for increased maneuverability. The overall construction of the series is highlighted by a light paulownia wood core with no metal laminates, designed for a smoother tip-to-tail flex and decreased weight. Lastly, Progressive 5-Point Sidecut technology is intended to move the ski’s widest point down slightly away from the tip and tail for optimal turn initiation to avoid any hooking. For those who like to charge down challenging terrain and avoid the groomers as much as possible, this is one of the best series Dynastar has to offer you.
Dynastar, based in Chamonix, France, was founded in 1963. Its U.S. headquarters are in Park City, Utah.