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Dynastar Cham 2.0 107 (2017)

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Dynastar Cham 2.0 107

Rating: 3.17 / 5
Price: $800.00
Year: 2017
Level: 2
Gender: Male
Waist Width: 107
Tip/Tail/Waist: 137-107-122
Lengths: 165, 174, 183, 189

Stability at speed: 3.18 / 5
Hard snow performance: 2.78 / 5
Crud performance: 3.60 / 5
Flotation: 3.56 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.11 / 5
Overall: 3.17 / 5

If soft crud and powder bring out the long-turn charger in you, climb on the Cham. With its broad tip, its deep-snow flota- tion is automatic, while its narrow tail and low rebound make it greedy for vertical: It wants to go down the hill. The Cham skims crud with a supple dampness that lets you open it up without getting tossed around. Elling: “Not the quickest whip in the bunch, but if your area blows in smooth on a regular basis, this is your do-it-all ride.” 

With its 107-mm waist, the 2017 Cham 2.0 107 doesn't have the deep-snow flotation chops of the 117-mm flagship model of the Cham series. But it's quicker, lighter, edgier, and overall better suited to the everyday conditions encountered at Western resorts, where hardpack and crud are regrettably more common than untracked.

It's part of the men's Freeride collection, which includes three Cham 2.0 models with waist widths of 117, 107, and 97 mm. The long-familiar Chams, updated last year, returning unchanged for 2017, are adventuresome newschool freeriders designed for modern powder skiing technique. Generous width and moderate tip/tail rocker give them powder-ready buoyancy. Classic camber through much of the ski combined with sturdy construction gives them power, carvability, and rebound energy. But the Chams' trademark burliness is tempered by Dynastar's Five-Point Sidecut, which gives them a dose of newschool, freeridey slashiness: The tip and tail are not only rockered but also tapered (ie., the widest points are closer to the foot), making them looser in the snow, easier to pivot and foot-steer-good for huge sprays, emergency speed checks, and creative line selection. All are sturdy laminate constructions, built on lightweight paulownia wood cores, with edgy, full-height vertical sidewalls tip to tail. 

Dynastar, along with sister brands Look, Lange, and Kerma (poles), is part of the privately owned Rossignol Group. It's factory headquarters are in Sallanches, France, "in the shadow of Mont Blanc." It was founded in 1963. -J.C.

Notes: With its 107-mm waist, the 2017 Cham 2.0 107 doesn't have the deep-snow flotation chops of the 117-mm flagship model of the Cham series. But it's quicker, lighter, edgier, and overall better suited to the everyday conditions encountered at Western resorts, where hardpack and crud are regrettably more common than untracked.

It's part of the men's Freeride collection, which includes three Cham 2.0 models with waist widths of 117, 107, and 97 mm. The long-familiar Chams, updated last year, returning unchanged for 2017, are adventuresome newschool freeriders designed for modern powder skiing technique. Generous width and moderate tip/tail rocker give them powder-ready buoyancy. Classic camber through much of the ski combined with sturdy construction gives them power, carvability, and rebound energy. But the Chams' trademark burliness is tempered by Dynastar's Five-Point Sidecut, which gives them a dose of newschool, freeridey slashiness: The tip and tail are not only rockered but also tapered (ie., the widest points are closer to the foot), making them looser in the snow, easier to pivot and foot-steer-good for huge sprays, emergency speed checks, and creative line selection. All are sturdy laminate constructions, built on lightweight paulownia wood cores, with edgy, full-height vertical sidewalls tip to tail. 

Dynastar, along with sister brands Look, Lange, and Kerma (poles), is part of the privately owned Rossignol Group. It's factory headquarters are in Sallanches, France, "in the shadow of Mont Blanc." It was founded in 1963. -J.C.

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