Dynastar Cham W 97 (2014)
“Like the man of my dreams: fun and playful, yet rock solid when you need to rely on him,” said one woman. Others were just as complimentary, and in many of the same ways they were about its more piste-centric sister, the Cham 87 W. It has a wider platform, which ups its suitability for deeper snow, and it’s brainlessly easy to smear and pivot through off-trail snow and terrain. The big tip flops a bit at speed, but crank your edge angles and that chatter dissipates.
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|
|Lengths||152, 159, 166, 172, 178|
|Rating: Stability at Speed||3.81 / 5|
|Rating: Maneuverability||3.48 / 5|
|Rating: Hard Snow Grip||2.87 / 5|
|Rating: Crud Performance||3.34 / 5|
|Rating: Forgiveness||3.47 / 5|
|Rating: Energy/Liveliness||3.37 / 5|
|Rating: Flotation||3.54 / 5|
|Rating: Versatility||3.14 / 5|
|Rating: Overall||3.41 / 5|