Dynastar Cham W97 Women’s Skis – 2014/2015 Review

September 15, 2014
Dynastar Cham W97 Women’s Skis – 2014/2015
GEAR INSTITUTE RATINGS
84
Responsiveness
8
Float
9
Versatility
6
Stability
7
Carving
6
Value
8

The Good

  • Float
  • Round turns
  • Big mountain worthy

The Bad

  • Struggles on groomers
  • Carving
THE VERDICT

If you're fortunate enough to enjoy lots of soft snow, lift-served days each season, Dynastar's Cham W 97 will make you the queen of the fall-line with its sweet swing weight and propensity for short turns.

ITEM DESCRIPTION

Dynastar's W Cham 97 is an all-mountain ski with substantial shovel float and a tapered tail that performs very well in big terrain, soft snow areas like Snowbird.

FULL REVIEW

Dynastar’s Cham skis tend to excelt at Snowbird, where the combination of long tip rocker and a pintail design make it easy to carve soft snow straight down the fall-line. The W 97 is no exception, as it intuitively arced off-piste conditions, cutting through powder and crud one short, sweet turn at a time. Trees, short chutes and steeps are also pleasure. As one tester remarked, “It’s an all-mountain queen.”

On groomers, however, it isn’t nearly the same. Speed is hard to manage, as is the consistency of round-shaped turns. Our advice? Stay in the powder, and ski the highline, where it shouldn’t be a concern.

 


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MSRP
$650.00
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