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post #1 of 23
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I bought a pair of Dynastar Cham 97 the other day. Good deal - $550. They are unmounted and waiting for me at the shop to bring my boots in. Now I'm wondering whether to cancel the sale and demo some more next season. I skied on this model for a week in Chamonix and liked them, but am wondering whether I'm missing out by not trying other skis. These would be my second pair, the other being Volkl AC30s I've been on for 3 years.
post #2 of 23

What is your alternative, a Solly or a  Stockli?  Good luck getting a pair of Stockli's for that price.

post #3 of 23
Thread Starter 
An alternative I had hoped to demo was the Blizzard Bonafide.
post #4 of 23
Thread Starter 
P. S. Not sure what a Solly is. Salomon?
post #5 of 23
yep salomon...

to the question I'd like stuff a little cheaper if I'm buying with no demo time spent on a few different ones!
post #6 of 23
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Originally Posted by jeff2010 View Post
 Now I'm wondering whether to cancel the sale and demo some more next season. I skied on this model for a week in Chamonix and liked them, but am wondering whether I'm missing out by not trying other skis. 

 

 

You're a skier  - stop looking for greener grass.   Leave that to the sheep. 

post #7 of 23

I normally ski the Bonafide.  At the end of the 2011-2012 season, I had an opportunity to demo the Cham 97.  While I had a mild preference for my bones, I found I enjoyed the Chams just fine.  In fact, I kept them for the whole day rather than switching back to my bones, which would have been easy to do.  The tail of the Cham is different, but not a deal killer.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/112120/2013-dynastar-cham-97

post #8 of 23

If you return them instead of mounting them then what the hell are you going to stand and stare at longingly all summer and fall?th_dunno-1[1].gif

post #9 of 23

A few years back, SierraJim put me on a pair of Nordica Afterburners and I went to Squaw...I absolutely loved those skis.  That evening, I went back to his shop and said I wanted to try something else.  Jim asked me why and I said I just wanted to try something different.  I can't even remember what skis I begged him to let me try but I took them to Sugar Bowl and absolutely hated them.  Moral of the story...if you find something you like a lot, don't waste your time and money trying to find something better...chances are, you won't.  The other moral to the story is always listen to SierraJim.

post #10 of 23
The Cham is a very good ski, just make a good choice. Ski it and make it your *****.
post #11 of 23

Without sharing more about what you're looking to accomplish with these skis and what style of skis you enjoy, I can't really tell you whether or not you made a good decision. What I can say is - from what I've heard - those Chams are a mighty fine ski and seem to hit a sweet spot for many looking for a whippy carver that can still charge lines all over the mountain. So quit your moaning over whether or not you found the perfect ski. If you demo'ed them, liked'em enough to buy them, chances are they put a smile on your face, and that's what matters most,

 

PS - The Blizzard Bonafide is a love/hate ski. I will happily admit that it wasn't for me. However, I did really like the Cochise & Gunsmoke.

post #12 of 23

While I haven't skied the AC30 myself, it looks like the Cham complements it well as an addition to your quiver. If you liked them as in "I had a ton of fun on these", keep them. If you liked them as in "meh, they were fine", then no, they're not the ski for you. 

 

I'm also assuming you have loads of off-piste terrain available. If you're in mostly groomer land, then disregard my advice above and drop them like a hot potato. 

post #13 of 23
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Originally Posted by jeff2010 View Post

I bought a pair of Dynastar Cham 97 the other day. Good deal - $550. They are unmounted and waiting for me at the shop to bring my boots in. Now I'm wondering whether to cancel the sale and demo some more next season. I skied on this model for a week in Chamonix and liked them, but am wondering whether I'm missing out by not trying other skis. These would be my second pair, the other being Volkl AC30s I've been on for 3 years.

 

Compared to the AC 30, anything would feel good.

 

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Originally Posted by quant2325 View Post

What is your alternative, a Solly or a  Stockli?  Good luck getting a pair of Stockli's for that price. 

 

 

Don't be so sure of that.

post #14 of 23

Ski remorse is a given.  No ski is right for all conditions, so we'll often be wishing we were on a different ski for the current conditions.  The best we can do is try to minimize that by having the ski or quiver for the conditions we see most often.  Even if you have a quiver, you'll often wonder if you've grabbed the right ski for a the day.   And, even with perfect quiver there will still be a new ski out next year, and you'll wonder if you should be on it instead.  

 

Ski what you've got and have fun!  I still love my AC30's for many conditions.  Adding the Cham 97 makes a nice quiver.  If you see powder often enough to justify it, consider adding a soft snow focused 105+ ski at some point and you've got most all conditions covered.


Edited by tball - 7/2/13 at 2:02pm
post #15 of 23
Thread Starter 
I live in Flatland without a ton of snow, but travel to Colorado, New Mexico and Europe to ski better terrain. I liked the ski quite well in Chamonix and Killington, so as rushbikes said I should just go for it.
post #16 of 23
Thread Starter 
I should add that one other consideration is the cost of bringing skis on the plane to Europe - demo rental is less than the baggage fees round trip.
post #17 of 23
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Originally Posted by jeff2010 View Post

I live in Flatland without a ton of snow, but travel to Colorado, New Mexico and Europe to ski better terrain. I liked the ski quite well in Chamonix and Killington, so as rushbikes said I should just go for it.

 

Is there anything you thought might be lacking?

 

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I should add that one other consideration is the cost of bringing skis on the plane to Europe - demo rental is less than the baggage fees round trip.

 

So effectively you'll be demoing next year's gear in Yurp anyway.

post #18 of 23
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I should add that one other consideration is the cost of bringing skis on the plane to Europe - demo rental is less than the baggage fees round trip.

 

Weird. A bunch of us flew international in February (on multiple airlines no less) and not one of us was charged a baggage fee traveling w skis. Must be your airliner.

post #19 of 23
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Originally Posted by rushbikes View Post

 

Weird. A bunch of us flew international in February (on multiple airlines no less) and not one of us was charged a baggage fee traveling w skis. Must be your airliner.

same here. I've flown twice to Europe in the last 3 years and both times brought a double ski bag with some clothes for free (I carried on my boots and the rest of my clothes and miscellaneous but most people would probably pay for the second bag--which should just be the standard second bag fee. You can also check the boots for free with the skis although it seems that you often can't get away of putting clothes in the boot bag.  I know Lufthansa has a steep fee for skis, and who knows, by next winter they may all be charging.  

post #20 of 23
Nice ski. Stable carver that's fun in pow. Good choice.
post #21 of 23
Thread Starter 
I was on United last year to Geneva. 1st bag free, second is $100. Skis and boots count as one bag, but I prefer to carry on the boots and essential ski gear to avoid late arrival. That doesn't leave much room for non-ski clothing in carry-on. I brought a separate suitcase with other clothing (checked on the way out, carry-on home). Perhaps clever packing of ski bags with clothing would solve the problem by eliminating one bag.
post #22 of 23
Thread Starter 

Update: I decided to follow through and have the skis mounted. I got the Look PX 12 Wide bindings which were suggested by the manufacturer.

post #23 of 23
Good for you. Now, go out and enjoy summer.
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