Some say that DPS makes the best big mountain touring skis in the world. When you take the Wailer family's iconic shape, tapered sidecut, lightweight design and proprietary dampening additives and combine that with the brand new Alchemist construction for the '17-'18 season, it becomes hard to argue with them.
Although the leaner Wailer A99 may outperform the rest of the family in bumps and trees, and the dauntless Wailer A112 can be tough to top in untracked snow and open bowls, the DPS Wailer A106 is perhaps the most versatile of the crew. The 106 mm waist is just about ideal for the Pacific Northwest: fat enough to float in powder and quick and responsive enough to send those tight lines.
Alchemist is the next step in DPS' innovative approach to ski design. Considered a “full carbon” construction, Alchemist utilizes vibration-tuned carbon with premium aspen cores to produce a lighter yet damper and smoother ride in mixed and firmer conditions.
New for 2018, all of our DPS demo setups come with Pomoca Climb 2.0 skins. These mohair-mix skins are lighter and much more efficient than the typical nylon skins on the market, but don’t compromise on grip. What really sets these puppies apart, however, is the waterproof membrane between the fur and glue. When the fur eventually wets out, it won’t soak all the way through. Give these skins a try and let us know what you think.
These skis are mounted with Dynafit Radical 2.0 ST bindings. They pair well with our Dynafit Radical rental boots, but we can match them to any boot with “tech” style inserts in the toe and heel.*
Length: 178 cm
Weight Per Pair: 7 lb 15 oz
Turning Radius: 18 m
As always, give us a call or shoot us an email if you have any questions.
*We will not pair skis with NTN boots or any other boots with bellows (eg. Scarpa F3).
***ALL AT BOOT AND SKI RENTALS REQUIRE A COMPLEMENTARY BOOT-BINDING ADJUSTMENT BY ONE OF OUR TECHS. We also require that the end user pick up the equipment at the store to sign liability paperwork and receive instruction***