Dynastar Cham 107 2013
Dynastar’s new Cham series represents as much of a wholesale change to a skiing range as you could get without significant deviation or turning them all into fully rockered banana skis so I was very keen to give Dynastar’s Cham 107 a go.
Ski Statistics - Length (cm) / Sidecut (mm) / Radius (m)
166 / 137-107-122 / 20
175 / 137-107-122 / 20
184 / 137-107-122 / 20
190 / 137-107-122 / 20
The New Cham Freeride series features a unique new design that delivers more power, stability and maneuverability in all snow conditions from powder, to crud to hardpack.
Cham’s Levitation Profile is the next generation in ski design. The combination of reverse sidecut at the tip and tail with a long tip rocker, classic camber underfoot and a pintail provides the reliability and versatility to meet the demands of big-mountain skiing.
Ski Review's Verdict:
The Legend freeride range still selling today is a traditional ski shape, with slight rocker but a taper that goes all the way to the tip. The Cham series brings a reverse taper to a Dynastar ski, with the widest point of the ski signifantly closer to the center of the ski and the skier. With reverse sidecut and today’s rocker shapes, it’s very hard to pick your ski length straight out of the rack these days.
I weigh a touch over 80kgs at the moment and top out at 6’0”, freeriding for 15 years, skiing for 25. I own the Dynastar Legend 105, two pairs of Kastle MX108’s and a pair of the first season Rossignol S7’s.
I took the Cham 107 in a 184. 137-107-122 and a 20m radius. Rockered tip (700mm), camber underfoot that runs almost to the stiff tail the of ski and a pintail. The pintail is not excessive in length and the tail
On the piste, the Cham grip is still 100% Dynastar despite a shorter running length. I felt more confident after one run laying these on an edge than the S7 for example but not as much as the incumbent 94. So plenty of grip, a short turn radius making turns that mask the fact these are 107 wide. It was easy and fun to charge around on these, and with typical Dynastar beef combined with the unusually stiff tail you have the a lot of energy to play with when you load them up. If you “close your eyes” to the physical length of the ski, even at 184cm, your effective edge for carving is more akin to a slalom or GS ski, albeit a lot wider in the middle. Crud is predictably a non-issue with the rocker and the ability to power through a range of snow types. Despite it’s stiffness, compared to the other Dynastar’s the Cham feels leisurely and forgiving. The shape never catches at any extremities, and the flat, stiff tail allows some back seat driving without the negative effects though you’ll be rewarded for staying neutral. In softer, but shallower snow the Cham was predictable and smooth at speed.
We had no powder or soft snow to speak of, so I am not going to theorise about the deep snow capabilities of the Cham 107 aside from the obvious, but I was keen to get this early review up nonetheless. It definately looks promising and makes me very excited about trying rest of the range. The Cham 97 could be a great everyday ski not to mention the potential of the High Mountain versions.
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