The Cham will ski anything—especially if it’s smothered in untracked pow. A big tip acts like a pontoon in deep snow and day-after cut-up stuff, smoothly steering you down your sight line, while the relatively narrow tail sits nicely down in the snow, settling you in an athletic attack position. Testers found it lightweight and effortless, great for the intermediates on up. But give it even a whiff of ice, and it and begs for mercy. Groomers, too, make it nervous—until it’s completely rolled over on edge. “A no-brainer in pow,” said one tester.
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).