With their new Cham line, Dynastar is jumping into the five-dimension game in an intriguing way.
The Cham 107 in an unusual, hybrid beast, the odd love child of a dedicated pow ski and an all-mountain carver.
Of course, manufacturers claim to have built a ski that blends “the best of both worlds” all the time, but with the Cham 107, it seems that Dynastar has taken things a step further.
The Cham has a pronounced tip rocker profile with a deep rocker line and a lot splay. (For a refresher on these terms, see our ROCKER 101 article.)
Also, the widest point of the ski’s shovel is 15mm wider than that of its tail—just like you might find on a pintailed powder ski.
Plus, the tip and tail are aggressively tapered like the fatter, soft-snow-oriented K2 Pettitor. All of that clearly says “pow ski,” but things get weird when we look at the rest of the Cham’s rocker profile.
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Behind its rockered-out shovel, the Cham 107 is built with a significant amount of traditional camber that runs all the way to the end of a flat tail. That’s nothing unusual on a race ski or an 80mm all-mountain carver, but it’s not something we’re used to seeing on a 107mm-waisted ski with such a heavy amount of tip rocker, taper, etc.
Dynastar appears to have combined the camber profile of a performance-focused all-mountain carver like the Experience 98 (only with markedly more tip rocker) with the tapered tip and tail shapes AND pintail-esque dimensions that we’re used to seeing on powder skis.
What exactly does that mean for its performance? Will the Cham prove to be more of an everyday charger for experts? A groomer-happy, powder-capable, all-mountain option for intermediate and advanced skiers? All of the above?
On paper, it seems that the Cham 107 will be locked down on groomers with a lot of snap and energy through a carve. But with its aggressively rockered shovel and significantly tapered tip and tail, the ski shouldn’t exhibit the hooky tendencies of a cambered, flat-tailed ski in powder and chop. (Right?)
We don’t really know of a ski that’s directly comparable to the Cham 107, so we’re that much more excited to check out this rather unique design.
We have one more ski to roll out before Las Leñas, and then it’ll be time to head south and find out what this new Dynastar can do.
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