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Cham 97's getting some glacial pow

Cham 97's getting some glacial pow

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Got the Cham 97's to replace my busted K2 Hardsides. These skis rip. I demoed the Cham 97's and Volkl Mantra and Blizzard Cochise and I've been riding the hardsides and these things were the clear winner for me. They were super playful but could still be ridden hard. These things were designed for pow and at that they excel. The huge rockered tip with the pintail lets these things be playful the light stuff but the stiffness give you the stability to really crank em up. I was worried about their performance on hardpack but they have proved phenomenally with a good edge tune. They are mounted with Marker dukes at the recommended mounting point. They are a bit heavy for touring but i got them for about 75/25 resort/backcountry.

I am 6'0" 170 lbs and i'm riding the 184s. I was nervous about going so long but it was the perfect length. They are nimble enough to ski tight west virginia trees but stable enough to ski open powder bowls in Engelberg, Switzerland.

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Max, I am 5'10", 185 lbs and thinking about going with the 178. Been riding on the Combas with Dukes - super heavy! I am thinking about mounting the Cham 97s with the Fritschi Freeride Pros. What's your take on that setup? Thanks, Josh

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I think you can get away with some freerides on them. but if you're looking to save weight, i would steer clear. these guys rip but they are not light by any means. i think the freerides would probably go better with the Cham 97 HM which is the same shape, minus the metal. I personally haven't skied them but i hear they ride similarly, maybe a lower speed limit though. At your weight, i would probably veer closer to the 184 for this ski. with that rockered tip, and tapered tip and tail, it definitely skis short. Hope that helps