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Chitown Skierwrote a review of on February 9, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The 185 cm is a Fantastic ski. Great blend of float, stiffness, stability, agility and edgehold. Strong tail to help support you if you get knocked into the backseat - nice and supportive and wide enough to keep you afloat in deep powder. Skis true to length. My favorite feature of these skis is great edgehold in steep and tight places and it's more playful than the 185 Enforcer 100.

I'm personally not a fan of 188cm+ skis since I find them a little harder to turn over in tight places. With skis longer than 188 there's a lot of extra tip and tail rocker that doesn't even come into contact with the snow most of the time. It does a great job utilizing it's length very effectively - there is no wasted length or weight while having tons of float. I've owned several powder skis in the past, but these are my favorites because they're so versatile and handles everything exceptionally well. If you're 185-210lbs and looking for a ski that performs well in tight places, trees, moguls and has a ton of float the 185 cm is worth taking a close look.

42 years old
5'11"
200 lbs
Type 3 Skier

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Chitown Skierwrote a review of on December 15, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Really an amazing ski. For a ski that contains 2 sheets of metal it's amazingly easy to ski and fun. It's balanced, forgiving and has great grip in icy conditions. I demo'd these at Jackson Hole in Mid-December where the terrain is steep and conditions were variable with a mix of crusty/patchy snow, ice, hardpack and piles of man-made/natural snow. It transitioned between these conditions so smoothly. My favorite feature of this ski was that it ALWAYS found an edge in crud, soft snow and hardpack. These don't have the sheer edgehold and rebound of the Blizzard Bonafide but it's far more versatile. The weight and design of the Enforcer helps push the ski through snow to find an edge in any condition- it just works. Good in bumps, good in tight terrain and good in the trees. The only downside that it isn't great in deep choppy powder and is best in up to about 8-9 inches of fresh. Best 100mm All mountain ski on the market.

6'0", 200 LBS, Type 3 skier, 42 years old. Model skied 185cm

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Chitown Skierwrote a review of on December 15, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I agree with the previous reviewer 100%. I've skied both the older version and the newer 16/17 version. I don't think much has changed with the 17/18 model the exception of the graphics. The previous iteration was so surfy and so fun in bumps and trees that you could spend all day bouncing around and not really get fatigued by doing so. The old model wasn't the best carving tool. It was "good enough" at carving. In reality it was a soft snow ski that was a great compliment to someone with a pair of dedicated carving skis.

The newer model, the HD, I think Rossi tried to turn the Soul 7HD into a 1 ski quiver.
In my opinion, the addition of carbon has kind of ruined the ski for me since carbon adds a little harshness, makes the ski more demanding and a lot less forgiving in the bumps and in trees. For it's length 188 the HD's are not as easy to turn over in really right bumpy terrain. but it is much better at carving and is more aimed at wide-open terrain and on-trail soft now performance.. In my opinion, if the made this ski in a slightly shorter length 185-186 as opposed to 188, they'd have a real winner.

But honestly Rossi had a good thing with the old Soul 7 and hopefully they'll bring it back.

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Chitown Skierwrote a review of on January 26, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The Backland is a MUCH lighter version of it's predecessor the Automatic, which is probably one of my favorite powder ski of all time. This new version is lighter, stiffer and has a more of a tapered rocker profile than the Automatic. Great ski if you want to do touring and equally good if you want to tear down steeper power filled terrain at your local resort.

While the Backland doesn't have the power of the old Automatic, this incarnation is more stable at speed, sufry and also a little stiffer than the old Automatic. If you're a bigger skier or an aggressive skier, this ski should be on your radar because it's going to have the backbone to support you when you're in deeper snow.

Took these on a cat-skiing trip in Northern Utah after 30-inches of fresh snow fell in a span of 3 days. These things float like no one's business and is super stable in deep snow. I was kinda surprised at how my legs didn't tire after doing 1,200 feet of vertical.

I'm 5'11, 200LBS and skied the 193 (really 191cm) and these handled higher angle terrain beautifully but was a little cumbersome on lower angle tree filled terrain. If you're going to do lower angle stuff or a lot of tree-filled touring runs, I'd go with the 186cm. But if you're going to do steeper resort / back bowl type skiing go with the 193cm. Not the best carving skis, but this ski is designed to do one thing well - float. Great combination of lightweight construction, stability and float.

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Chitown Skierwrote a review of on December 14, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

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

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Chitown Skierwrote a review of on March 5, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Sooooo good. I picked up a pair after demoing several 100-110mm waist width skis After demoing the Soul 7, 100Eight, Mantra, Cham and the Bonafide, the Automatic 109 was my favorite by far in terms of sheer versatility, float and carving ability. You can take it pretty much anywhere on the mountain and have a good time.

The favorite feature of this ski was the remarkable ease in which you could pivot your heel to make a variety of turn shapes on pretty much everything from packed powder/crud, wind-blown hardpack and powder.

It carves ninja-style for a 109mm ski, and performed much better than the Soul 7, 100Eight, Cham and Mantra in terms of frontside carving ability.

The skis are also incredibly nimble, making it an ideal candidate for skiing tight terrain and trees.

I mounted mine with a the Atomic Warden 13 bindings at the factory recommended mounting point and it's perfect. I felt balanced and centered over the ski. I never felt like I was kicked into the backseat while skiing rough terrain and I could really drive the ski tips forward when needed without losing any float.

Like others have said, it is a really easy ski to ski. A good all-day ski. Not really for tearing down icy-hardpack, but this would be a great ski for someone who spends a lot of their time off-trail, in powder and in places where you need to make tight turns. These puppies will also rail on the frontside like a 95mm-100mm waist width all mountain ski due the generous amount of camber underfoot. Similar flex pattern of the Soul7, but more powerful and damp. Probably the most fun ski in the 100-110mm waist width category and the most versatile.
5'11
200 LBS
Advanced Level
Atomic Automatic 109 @ 189 CM

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Chitown Skierwrote a review of on February 6, 2016

4 5

I've skied on the Bonafide a few times this 2016 season in Utah and Colorado

The good...
-Great on firm snow, as some of the to the reviewers have mentioned. It has great energy and rebound in and out of turns.
-Very well constructed and rigid. When I saw these as the local ski shop, I noticed these we different from other skis. Built like a samurai sword.
-Skis long. I weigh 200lbs, 6'0" Advanced skier. Usually, I look for skis in the 183-185cm range. But the 180 is the perfect ski for hardpack and firmer moguls. Anything longer would be WAY too much ski.
-A fantastic "spring ski" Would be very good in the spring conditions where the snow is soft, but with light or no snow coverage.
-Good anywhere - East Coast/Midwest and Western conditions.
-Good ski to compliment someone who has a pair of powder skis and looking for something to ride on in firmer conditions.

The not so good:
-Not a soft snow ski. The camber profile and stiffness can make it a punishing and demanding ski if you like to smear and slide over soft snow. chop and moguls. The thing has so much rebound it can kill your quads after a few hours.
-Geared really for high-advanced, expert level skiers who can ski basically ski anything *OR* Western/Eastern/Midwestern hardpack skiers who want a some versatility in softer snow conditions.. If you can charge blacks doing near vertical fall-line turns, these skis are for you. It's has the edgehold and stiffness to do so. But, if you want to navigate choppy conditions or anything more than boot-deep snow, go with something else.
-Not an "all-day" ski.



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Chitown Skierwrote a review of on December 26, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I demoed a pair in Alta 2 weeks ago after 18 inches of fresh snowfall. I was really impressed with the way these handled the fresh snow, crud and underlying hardpack. The full rockered ski was stiff enough to carve nice turns on the underlying hardpack and did an awesome job pivoting and smearing off of soft moguls and blasting through deep tracked out snow. I was also impressed by how fast and nimble they were. These skis liked to go fast and had no problem ripping groomers too. I'm a bigger guy @ 6'0" 200 LBS Advanced level, not expert and the 184 was the perfect size and flex pattern for me. I demoed several skis those two days including the Bonafide, Soul 7, 100Eight and these were my favorites for the good conditions I encountered in Utah. I ended up purchasing a pair for myself..

The only real downside is that it doesn't perform great in icy or really firm conditions - it is a fully rockered ski. As long as you have at least an inch or two of snow underneath you, the ski is easy to engage and you can churn out some really nice buttery medium and long radius turns. Not really an East Coast or Midwest ski since it would just simply overpower the hill or mountain. For conditions in my native midwest, I bust out my Rossi 88's.. But for trips out West, I pack these.

Fantastic ski.

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Chitown Skierwrote a review of on October 10, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I own a pair of Dynastar Cham 97's @ 184 cm.

I love these skis in soft bumps, powder, trees and most of all, busting through crud.

I took a pair of these out to Argentina where they were christened in 9 inches of fresh power. They performed beautifully in the freshies and even better in tracked out crud.

While these aren't going to be a surfy as some of the other 100MM skis on the market, these have the enough mass and dampness to make skiing through variable conditions easy.

I love the soft tips and stiffer midsection and tail. It made for diving into steep terrain and moguls very, very easy. The stiffer midsection made for good edgehold at speed and the tails made it easy to pop in and out of turns easily.

If you're looking for a ski that's a charger that'll make wide radius turns, this isn't the ski for you. But if you're looking for a 100mm waisted ski that'll eat up powder, trees, soft bumps and crud these are the skis for you.

6'0
200 LBS
Advanced

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Chitown Skierwrote a review of on October 10, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

A superb carving ski for almost all types of conditions, the 88's really come alive in medium to long radius turns where they are very fun to ski. Pretty good in moguls with good side to side action. (I wish these had slightly softer tips so it would make it a little easier to dive into turns in moguls, but regardless the edgehold is outstanding) They do well in crud and powder up to 5- inches in depth. Anything deeper, I'll bust out something wider. Most of all, I love these skis in spring conditions and softer snow where they feel very lively and right at home on the softer stuff. Excellent on Midwest hardpack and more variable condition.

I took these out to CO for some spring skiing w/o any hitches. They were able to handle 6 inches of fresh snow and performed very well when the stuff became more compacted. Great western ski for spring conditions / and frontside carving / hardpack. Great eastern ski for pretty much everyday use with the exception of deeper snow exceeding 6 inches.

I demoed several skis in the same category and these were my favorites by far.

If you're looking for a fun ski that you'll use primarily in the Mid-west or East-Coast, if your looking for a frontside ski that'll tear up groomers, moguls and spring / soft snow conditions, these are for you.

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6'0"
200 LBS
Advanced skier who loves glade skiing, moguls, carving and deep snow.

I love my Rossis!

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