When you go to the backcountry, you're looking to charge as hard as you do on any other day, which means you need a touring ski that's up to snuff with your high expectations. The Dynastar Cham High Mountain 107 Ski features the new Levitation Profile like the rest of the Cham family, yet incorporates a super-lightweight Paulownia wood core so it's feathery on the way up and crushes on the way down.
|Flat Pintail:||the narrower, flat tail maximizes the benefits of the progressive 5-point sidecut.|
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I have demoed both the Cham 107 and Cham 107 high mountain in the 184 as alpine skis, and found the HM ski to be very impressive. For the weight savings, very little (if any) performance is lost.
Today I got on my new HM 107s with 22 Designs Axls and found them to be an awesome ski. I have yet to tour with them, but just throwing them into and pulling them out of my roofbox, I can see how much lighter they are than all of my other pairs of skis.
I skied them in some crud, bumps, and on some (poorly groomed) groomers. They hold an edge well, yet the pintail lets the tails easily be released for a speed check, slarve, or pivoty turn.
Though these are quite a bit lighter than the ski I cross-shoped them with (the regular Cham 107), they still aren't a "lightweight" ski in comparison to skis by the likes of Dynafit, for example. This is not an issue as a resort ski, but I have a feeling for touring a bit less weight yet, would be nice.
I will update once I have some more time on the skis.
Spent a couple of weeks skiing on these skis - mostly in firmer/steeper conditions. In steep and consequential terrain they're awesome - great edge grip and stiff tail. Skin attachment is great with the flat tail, which also makes for easy kick turns. There are also holes tip and tail for the K2 style skin attachment system (or clipping a caribiner in crevasse rescue or using with a sled kit). I had much lighter skis last season, but didn't personally notice any issue on the up, and appreciated the beef on the way down. Only downside of the flat tail is I was a little more tentative sliding backwards to clear obstacles, but overall really impressed.