Dynastar Cham 107 (2014)
No. 2 in Flotation; dead last (among medalists) in Hard-Snow Integrity. Get the picture? Testers preferred this lighter, metal-free High Mountain version of the Cham 107. Both are emphatically designed for optimized surfiness in deep snow, with heavy rocker and dramatic tip and tail taper. But the HM version is appreciably more manageable (No. 3 in Forgiveness). If you love to stand on an edge and arc, look elsewhere, but for loose, easy-pivoting playfulness, it's a natural. Larsen: "Light and forgiving, but still charges in crud and variable conditions."
As huge and appealing as Dynastar's Cham 127 is, most expert freeriders will be better served by the more pragmatic Cham 107. It's wide enough to skim and surf in all but the deepest snow, and unlike the 127, available in a full range of sizes (166-190 cm).
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.
|Level||Advanced, Expert, Hi-Expert|
|Awards||Gold Medal Gear|
|Lengths||166, 175, 184, 190|
|Rating: Stability at Speed||3.26 / 5|
|Rating: Maneuverability||2.62 / 5|
|Rating: Hard Snow Grip||2.75 / 5|
|Rating: Crud Performance||3.69 / 5|
|Rating: Forgiveness||3.15 / 5|
|Rating: Flotation||4.19 / 5|
|Rating: Overall||3.16 / 5|