Probably the best variable condition ski on the market. Uber versatile and handles changing conditions with ease and sooooo much better than the old Cham. Much more agile, fun, super stable and really, really versatile.
I've demoed a lot 100mm waist width skis the past couple of years trying to find something versatile to take all over the mountain. I've demoed the Bonafide, Experience 100, Mantra, Vantage CTI, Soul 7, Cham 1.0 and took a close look at the K2 Pinnacle and Nordica Enforcer. I'd have to say that the Chams are by far the most versatile skis of the bunch.
The Cham has stiff midsection, strong stiff tail, moderately stiff shovel, good amount of camber underneath and it's fairly damp. There's no metal in it so it's a lot lighter and more poppy than the previous Cham. With the old Cham, you really had to lay the ski over on it's side to get it to carve, not with the 2.0. Turns are much easier to engage and it holds a much better edge than the old Cham.
The ski carves pretty good on icy hardpack. To be honest, the best carving skis out of the skis I've demoed were the Bonafide and Experience 100, hands down. So, if the Bones and Exp 100 were A+, I'd have to give the Cham a A-, simply because it's not a pure carving ski due to its lack of sidecut. The Bones and Exp 100 on the other hand are more of a liability in soft snow and tight terrain. I skied these on icy hardpack, but in areas where the snow wasn't bulletproof, the carving performance was great.
In other areas such as stability, soft snow and crud performance and maneuverability the Cham was probably the best or near the top out of all of skis I previously mentioned.
The ski is super stable through crud and softer snow at speed, damp enough to save your legs but still lively to pop in and out of turns.
In terms of float, I'd say these are as surfy and floaty as the fully rockered Mantra or Vantage 100. The Mantra, Vantage 100, Soul 7 were good in soft snow, but it was a lot harder to finish turns either because the ski was too stiff (Mantra), too soft/not stable(Vantage 100/K2 Pinnacle) or too long of a ski to inspire confidence really tight bumps and trees (188 cm Soul 7) The Cham's wide shovel and the pintail causes to tail to sink and tip to rise in soft snow, making the ski "plane" across the snow rather than go over it(Soul 7, Vantage) or plowing through it (Mantra, Bonafide, Exp 100). The tips are practically unsinkable and easy to control in soft snow. And at 184cm, it's light and short enough to swing around but stiff and damp enough to hold an edge when you really need it without punishing you.
The only real minus of the ski that that the tails can be a little hooky in firm moguls even with the addition of a slight tail rocker.
The old Chams were tree machines and the new lighter Chams are much better. If you're looking for only one ski to ski on, this wouldn't be a bad choice. It can do pretty much everything - carve, rip through trees, make fast turns in a variety of shapes, stable at pretty high speeds, manage moguls, ski hardpack and handle up to 6 inches of fresh snow easily.
Bought a pair and probably My "go-to" ski for several seasons to come.
5'11" / 200 LBS / Chams 2.0 184cm / Salomon STH2 Bindings / Advanced / Skis 15-20 days a year