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Rating: 3.24 / 5
Waist Width: 97
Stability at speed: 2.99 / 5
Hard snow performance: 2.73 / 5
Crud performance: 3.16 / 5
Flotation: 3.00 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.51 / 5
Overall: 3.24 / 5
A Cham that puts up its top scores in Playfulness and Forgiveness? That’s certainly a change from the stiff, edgy, muscle-car Chams of the very recent past. The 2.0 version of the 97 still starts and finishes turns with authority, and it still prefers to be ridden aggressively by an expert skier. But its newly relaxed tip gives it a more versatile blend of carve vs. schmear that testers loved. Elling: “Big improvement. Slithers quick ones when needed, but it’s still got some teeth, still rails a gorgeous arc.”
NOTES: The Cham 2.0 97 is Dynastar’s skinniest freeride ski, with a 133 mm tip and 97 mm waist. Opposed to the wider Cham 2.0 117 and Cham 2.0 107, this is a more practical, everyday ski designed to hold up on the groomers, too, making it a great pick if you like to ski a little bit of everything.
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.