Dynastar Cham 97 (2015)

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Rating: 3.13 / 5
Price: $700.00
Year: 2015
Level: 2
Gender: Male
Waist Width: 97
Tip/Tail/Waist: 133-97-113
Lengths: 166, 172, 178, 184

Stability at speed: 2.97 / 5
Hard snow performance: 2.85 / 5
Crud performance: 3.30 / 5
Flotation: 3.23 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.39 / 5
Overall: 3.13 / 5

If you expect to ski as much frontside terrain-including typical crud and bump conditions-the Cham 97 is built for everyday utility along with plenty of buoyancy for deep-snow days. It gets plenty of tip and tail rocker for smooth, floaty performance in deep snow, but with its versatile 97 mm waist, it won't pout when freshies can't be found. The Cham series includes freeride/adventure skis that would fit in well in the Alps above Dynastars French headquarters. It offers waist widths ranging from 87 to 137 mm, including lighter weight High Mountain models built especially for touring in the backcountry. All feature what Dynastar calls its Five-Point Sidecut-that is, the tip and tail are tapered to give Cham skis a loose, smeary performance in loose snow. There's deep sidecut underfoot for assured carvability on firm snow. All are classic wood-core constructions with full sidewalls for durability and positive edge grip. It was tested in the Mixed Snow West category. Tester comments: Bob Gleason: "Smooth turn entry with a strong finish. This ski has a surfy tip and shreds powder, blending with deep side cuts and a narrow tail. The Cham ski is good for all conditions and is much easier going than the previous Cham. It has a light touch." Todd Casey: "It's fun, quick, and easy to ski but it did feel a little narrow." Luke Larsen: "This ski is powerful and strong. But with the pin tail you won't get hung up in the back seat. It's friendly enough for everyone." Jeremy Benson: "I really enjoyed my run. These skis kill the crud. The tapered tail is easy to sink in soft snow in order to slow down or steer quickly. It has an easy going, mild manner. It performed admirably well in pow and soft snow. These are much better than the old ones." Sam Bass: "Excellent! These skis are good at everything. They eat up crud and play well in pow. They are strong in severe arcs and groomers and awesome in trees and bumps."