Dynastar Cham W 97 (2014)
The new women's Cham (pronounced sham, after Chamonix) was polarizing - some testers loved the loose feel; others yearned for more direction. The Cham W 87 is the line's narrowest, but testers found it, with its aggressive rocker and taper in its tips and tails, best suited for softer snow (No. 1 in Flotation). Its paulownia wood core is 25 percent lighter than the men's version's, and combined with rockered tips that initiate and skid, it makes the Cham a great option for the less skilled. Gibbons: "Relax and let this ski do all the work for you."
With its 97-mm waist width, the Cham W 97 is designed to deliver much of the powder performance of the wider 107, but with additional quickness and hard-snow versatility.
The Cham women's series is new from Dynastar this year. It's a collection of three models in waist widths of 107, 97, and 87 mm. Like the High Mountain versions of the men's Chams, to which they are similar in all but topsheet, they're built with a paulownia wood core, which makes them about 25 percent lighter than regular men's models. 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 fiberglass-reinforced wood-core laminate constructions are designed to deliver dependable edge grip and reliable durability. All models are sold flat (without binding).
|Level||Advanced, Expert, Hi-Expert|
|Awards||Gold Medal Gear|
|Lengths||152, 159, 166, 172, 178|
|Rating: Stability at Speed||3.66 / 5|
|Rating: Maneuverability||3.26 / 5|
|Rating: Hard Snow Grip||2.94 / 5|
|Rating: Crud Performance||3.39 / 5|
|Rating: Forgiveness||3.64 / 5|
|Rating: Flotation||3.51 / 5|
|Rating: Overall||3.35 / 5|