Pros: Will give you back everything you put into it
Cons: Can chatter on groomers, better for drivers than passengers
I bought these skis based on some very positive magazine reviews, with the intent of using them for inbounds soft snow days - even though I'm mostly a backcountry skier and these skis are primarily designed for that use.
I've had them out for five days now - a hard snow day at Alpine Meadows, a serious powder day at Snowbird, one day with 6" of new over hard snow at Jackson, and two soft snow days at Targhee.
Overall, my impression of them - very solid and very fun in the powder, crud, steeps and trees, less fun on hard snow with a tendency to chatter if you're braking hard or aren't really laying them over. Not particularly helpful in hard bumps. They reward aggressiveness and attention to technique - passengers need not apply.
These skis have a tremendous amount of personality. They almost talk to you - "You can get air here!" "Steep? Let's go for it!" "Soft snow - yippee!" "Let's just see how fast we can take this, shall we?" "WHEEEEEE!" I found myself smiling relentlessly as I popped out of the snow, jumped into turns, played like I haven't on any other ski. These skis do not disappear on your feet. We took a sidecountry trip at Jackson, and in the untracked these skis absolutely shone. However, they will buck you off if you aren't on your game - I didn't have my mojo going for one of the Targhee days, and even though the conditions were made for this ski, I found myself switching out to my Legend 8800's mid-day. They are just an easier ski than are the Chams. Things were working for me normally the following day and the Chams and I had an absolutely marvelous time, even on the long groomed run-outs that are not this ski's forte.
Overall, I'm extremely pleased with the Chams, and if you're in a situation where you see very little hard snow and generally "ski 'em like you mean it" I'd recommend them. Even on the hard-snow day at Alpine, they didn't suck (and I expected them to) - that's not what they're for, though, and if you're going to drop the $$ on a pair of skis, get the tool for the job.
51 y.o. female
5'8", 175 lbs
Have been skiing for 20 years (caring about it for 10)
Mount point: normal
Aggressiveness level: Moderate (hello, I'm a 51 y.o. female)
Other skis in the quiver:
Inbounds: Dynastar Legend 8800 178, Rossignol Bandit XXX 178
Out of bounds: K2 Gotback 168, Volkl T-Rock 173