Dynastar Cham W 87 (2014)
Our ladies loved the Cham 87 W and say it will make a great all-rounder for Eastern girls. It’s effortlessly easy to pivot and smear through crud, bumps, and trees, thanks to a hugely rockered tip that planes over anything. That same tip chatters a bit on groomers with speed, but as the ski is tipped over further, the vibrations calm down because the sidecut locks more of the tip onto the snow. The flat tail provides end-of-turn power, and its mild taper lets it release easily.
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).
|Lengths||152, 159, 166, 172|
|Rating: Stability at Speed||3.59 / 5|
|Rating: Maneuverability||3.09 / 5|
|Rating: Hard Snow Grip||2.91 / 5|
|Rating: Crud Performance||3.28 / 5|
|Rating: Forgiveness||3.37 / 5|
|Rating: Energy/Liveliness||3.20 / 5|
|Rating: Versatility||3.10 / 5|
|Rating: Overall||3.22 / 5|