Dynastar Cham 97 (2014)


Rating: 3.16 / 5
Price: $800.00
Year: 2014
Level: 3
Gender: Male
Waist Width: 97
Tip/Tail/Waist: 133-97-113
Lengths: 166, 172, 178, 184

Stability at speed: 3.32 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.11 / 5
Crud performance: 3.68 / 5
Flotation: 3.48 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.08 / 5
Overall: 3.16 / 5

For resort-oriented experts who expect to see as much hardpack, crud and bumps as they do powder, the Cham 97 hits what has proved to be a key waist width on the market. Aggressive rocker and tapered tips and tails give it loose, smeary flotation in powder, but it won't be unnecessarily ponderous in all-mountain conditions, as wider skis are.

Dynastar's returning Cham series of freeride/adventure skis celebrates Dynastar's big-mountain heritage - the company is located near Chamonix, France - with freeride-spirited skis in waist widths ranging from huge (127 mm) to pragmatic (87 mm). There are seven models, including three High Mountain versions built for backcountry adventure with lighter cores better suited to long ascents. 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 variously reinforced wood-core laminate constructions are designed to deliver dependable edge grip and reliable durability.