BEST FOR: Carving up backcountry and pulling double-duty at the resort.
THE TEST: With a lightweight paulownia wood core and an early-rise tip, the Cham High Mountain planed effortlessly. “Bounces like a bumblebee in powder,” one tester said. Traditional camber holds an edge on harder surfaces, and the tapered tail finishes any arc with ease.
THE VERDICT: Just enough guts to blast through crud all day at the resort, but happiest seeking out soft snow in the backcountry. If you’re more often in-bounds than out, consider the standard Cham, which has a denser poplar core and two layers of metal, and weighs two and half pounds more. 137/107/122; 8.7 lbs