The mountain is your media.
You don't want to have to amass two dozen pairs of skis, but big mountains and bigger lines require a special ski if you want to run a quiver of one. The new Dynastar Cham 107 Ski is your ticket to happily crushing the steeps day in and day out. The unique Levitation Profile is aggressively rockered in the tip for effortless float, while a classic camber underfoot extending into a flat pintail enables you to work with hardpack like Michelangelo with a piece of marble. The whole mountain is your media, go make something beautiful.
- Dynastar's new Levitation Profile is comprised of a long rockered tip, classic camber underfoot, and a flat pintail for increased power and control in every snow condition imaginable
- The wood core with titanal and high-tech laminates provides top-tier balance, power, and feel so you crush like a pro every time you ride
- Sandwich Laminate construction gives this ski plenty of snap and durability, ensuring you and your Chams will be friends for many moons
- Full-length vertical sidewalls give you maximum bite and grip in every turn
- With 107mm underfoot and the long rocker in the tip, be prepared to float in the deep stuff and sculpt the hardpack on the way back to the lift
- Dynastar's progressive 5-Point Sidecut features traditional sidecut underfoot with reverse sidecut in the tip and tail for excellent maneuverability on the hardpack and increased control when you're straight-lining through freshies
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184 vs 190?
seems like the pintail takes...
184 vs 190?
seems like the pintail takes away alot of effective edge for the ski. should people buy a size up from what they would typically ski for a tip rocker/flat tail ski?
I'm 5'9" 170 lbs with aggressive race/big mtn background. I used to ski the k2 sidestash in a 181 but I felt they were a bit too flimsy and that I could also stand to move up to a longer ski. I know the chams are much stiffer, but how should I gauge the appropriate ski length to buy?
My take is they ski fairly true to length. I've got the 190cm 107HM. Seems similar to the 188cm I have in a tip rocker/flat tail ski. Comparably I skied 195cm in S7's with rockered tails. I'm 6' / 185lbs.
The Chams will feel stable at high speeds. I also come from a racing background and love how these ski. I am 5', 8" and an aggressive skier and have a 184. They are awesome and I feel super confident on them, except they are a bit big for tighter tree skiing.
Dynastar Cham 107 Ski
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Last season, I demo'ed quite a few skis over several days, including powder, heavy new, and hardpack/groomed. I narrowed it down based on my desire for a powder ski that would also perform acceptably in other conditions. Four skis have a tip rocker profile, width/shape, and ride that I like: Line Sir Francis Bacon, Armada JJ, Salomon Shogun, and Dynastar Cham 107.
The Bacons were immediately beautiful, quick-turning, floppy, and very forgiving in powder. For me, their turn radius on groomers was a little too short. The JJs were fun, soft, schmeary, and had a springiness that made me want to play around up on the tips and tails. If I skied with a pack of snowboarders I'd have picked the JJs for both ride style and looks. The Shoguns were ugly, stiffer and with a better carve feel on the groomers, which I happen to like. The Chams were the stiffest yet and had an ability to really carve the groomers, but they lack twin tips and cool graphics.
What really set the Chams apart for me was their aggressive feel. Powder? I no longer eschew the number 11. I think it must be partly because they're stiff, and partly because there's no twin tip sticking up in the back and vibrating, but I want to charge the bumps and open the throttle on groomers. The tapered tail still allows quick turns (something my otherwise similarly-shaped, stiff, speed-loving La Sportiva Hi5s won't do well). If I encounter some crusts or chunks I feel like they'll blow through comfortably and then they'll allow me to quickly dump the speed when deemed necessary.
Apparently, I'm more truck driver than artisan baker. Its always a matter of preference, but I haven't felt this way about a pair of skis in a long time. I love them!
PS there are several other skis in this category that deserve a look. Two that I particularly regret not being able to try: Rossi S7 and DPS Wailer 105.
More White Bread Than Baguette
I wasn't too impressed with this ski. It's heavy and has metal, likes speed and going straight, but it just felt boring to me. I've never been much of a fan of Dynastar skis, though, and these feel like a typical Dynastar.
It may be the flat pin-tail and the tapered tip, but I just don't like how it turns. I couldn't get them to pop like I want a ski to, and couldn't play with them much either. Elias is right, though; these are easy to ski. I just think they're more white bread than artisan french baguette. Good quality construction, though.
solid every day every condition hero ski
skied the 184 and was wowed by the ability to change directions in a nano second whilst charging through afternoon rubbled out bumped out groomers. They hold a clean edge, scribe clean lines of a radius of your choosing. Felt like a World Cupper thats just a freeskier. Plenty stable obviously. As previously mentioned hopefully you don't have to carry these very far. Old world construction and feel that I have missed dearly. Made me feel younger.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I can't get enough. It's just too much fun. Normally I wouldn't be too pumped to ski on something so very directional but the Cham 107 is a big exception. The unique rocker and sidecut recipe provides an unmatched combination of high speed stability and oops-watch-out agility. Much easier to ski in my opinion than the latest run of Legend series skis. Let's start with the rocker: a very low profile early rise nose (rocker starts at about the Y on the Dynastar tip logo) keeps the tips stable in variable snow while providing plenty of float for a relatively narrow 107mm waist. The rest of the ski is cambered all the way to the squared off tail. There's a relatively short running length on the edge since the tips and tails are tapered (think JJ-style) so the Cham ski is very agile for its size. The tail is super cool since it has the taper, but no rocker. This gives you that small running length for hard snow/carving since the last bit of the tail is off the snow but the whole ski is 'down' when you're running flat based or landing airs. It's awesome. Construction is classic Dynastar - hand made with a solid wood core and titanal reinforcement, thick sidewalls, and a seemingly indestructible base. Early season Snowbird can be merciless to a pair of new skis but the Chams have gotten through the autumn with nothing more than a bunch of character enhancing scrapes and scars. No core shots (despite very rocky traverses and a few direct on rock landings in thin snow) and the edges are all in place. The only negative that I can come up with is the weight, especially when paired up with the Pivot 18s. I haven't put them on a scale or anything but they are definitely hefty, probably helps with the stable ride and durability. I encourage any of you to grab a pair and point them at the most chopped up, skied out zones at your local resort and hit the gas. I think you'll be amazed at how fluid and burly the Cham 107 skis.
- Gender: Female
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I love this ski. Dynastar is making it happen with the Cham series. The 107 is my ski of choice. It's lively and responsive, but also holds at high speeds. . . (I'm disagreeing a bit with another review here) . . . Mind you I'm not saying that this ski is MADE FOR high speed groomers-- but it does a surprisingly good job on them. . . It's a super fun charging ski that I skied in all sorts of different conditions last year. They're a BLAST at high speeds off piste-- I won the big mountain day of the RedBull ColdRush on this ski at Silverton, CO last year. I'm impressed. You can shred this in pow, crud, trees, hard packed, wet heavy, or fluffy dry.... it's versatile and fun.
Dynastar Cham 107
Dynastar's New Big Mountain Entry....
from the home of the original Pro Rider, the Cham 107 does well as its successor. The float on this ski is pretty top notch considering that it doesn't have a large amount of rocker shape and the combined sidecut with flex pattern allows for an easier and more drawn out turn without too much chatter.
The Cham 107 however does have a speed limit on hard snow as red lining on hard snow got me bounced off the line more than a few times. Also, the non-carved turn takes a bit of getting used to as skidding the turn feels a bit abrupt.