Dynastar Cham 2.0 117 (2017)


Rating: 3.19 / 5
Price: $850.00
Year: 2017
Level: 2
Gender: Male
Waist Width: 117
Tip/Tail/Waist: 147-117-127
Lengths: 180, 190

Stability at speed: 3.13 / 5
Hard snow performance: 1.65 / 5
Crud performance: 3.25 / 5
Flotation: 3.77 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.43 / 5
Overall: 3.19 / 5

Chams past were un- forgiving beasts adored by aggressive experts. But with a lighter-weight paulownia wood core and a tapered sidecut, it’s suddenly one of the more forgiving Deep Snow skis. There’s still plenty of power and heft under the topsheet, along with the hard-snow edginess of full, vertical sidewalls. Now there’s a better balance of stability and quickness. Date: “Solid yet nimble. Good blend of carving and surfing.” 

Notes: The 2017 Cham 2.0 117 is still the widest ski Dynastar makes, a powder specialist designed for the performance expert skiers demand. It’s long sidecut radius and surfy rocker profile encourage high speeds in deep snow, but it’s tapered tip and tail shape gives it an easy-to-pivot looseness when quick direction changes or speed checks are necessary. 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, redesigned 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.