Whats with everyone frothing over DPS all the time...
I wouldnt wish the wailer 99 tour1 on my enemies...
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OregonDeadLol. Have you actually skied them? I had to hold my tongue when I saw my brother in law posting up pics with DPS skis this last winter. Dude is in fact a dentist. Truth is I would have loved to be trying any ski in La Grave and I'm probably jealous.
DingoSeanWe have pretty much the entirety of DPS's lineup for Demo in the shop I work for here in Australia (because hype translates to sales...)
So basically all southern season long all I've been skiing is DPS skis, since the only other skis we have are skis for dadbods anyway (not to mention, all shorter than 180, because Aussies are intimidated by length) Even across the tasman in NZ, all i've taken is DPS haha.
Wailer 106, Wailer 99, wailer 112, Cassiar 95, and 87... skied them all... Alchemist, foundation, and Tour core profiles..
The 106 Alchemist is alright.. though definitely finds its speed limit as soon as the snow gets at all variable... the 99 and the 112 are frightening once you get going on anything that's not bottomless powder, as the tip looks like it's going to vibrate off the ski. The Cassiar 95 is fine in the older pure3 or the new alchemist profiles, but still doesn't have the grunt you'd wish for.. the tour1 version is a decent touring option, and probably the only ski that I actually truely like, and the Cassiar 87 is a pure touring ski. I haven't taken out the Spoon or the Lotus 124, because both of those skis are absolutely stupid (not to mention, we don't even have brakes wide enough for the 148mm Spoon)
I don't know... for as much money as they're charging for them, they ski like slightly damper (not so rattly) Soul/Sky 7's, or slightly more engaging TST's... I'd rather be on the older Dynastar Cham HM 97/107 than these things, as those had a tail that at least shot you out of a turn. (and the OG ones with 2 sheets of metal are actually kinda badass)
Yes, for powder all of them are good, but you throw enough rocker and width on anything and it's going to ski well... And the touring skis are light, and ski well (or at least the cassiars do) but man.. the Wailer 99 or 112 with the tour profile is like skiing on a piece of cardboard. SO much instability when you're not in bottomless stuff.
It's just unreal how expensive they are when there are plenty of other domestic built ski companies who dish out equally high production quality skis - many that ski better, and yet don't charge as much (also, DPS's Foundation core/Hybrid are all Chinese built... absolute brandname markup there, as they couldn't possibly cost that much to construct)
Is it the solid primary colours that they use? Is it because the price sells itself? Is it that "DPS" sounds like a techy name? What's going on here? I mean, they're okay skis, but not for 1200 bucks or whatever some of these are going for...
cobra_commanderThey are undoubtably excellent skis for anyone who wishes to tour up mountains so they can walk down.
flowmobbThey are quality skis, but it would be a lie if i said they werent dad ski. the price point is so high because they are made in salt lake city instead of china and are made with really good materials, doesnt make them a fun ski to cruise high speed or jib around on but it is a good ski for your tipical "lets go check out those mellow glades" type of skier.
SklarOnly the "Pure" skis are made in Utah, the rest are made in a factory owned by DPS in China.
DingoSeanI thought only Foundation was made in China, whereas the Tour1 and Alchemist skis were built in Ogden.
zulisAlso thing about DPS is that the base is so paper thin that if you get scratches, you can fix/grind ski 3 times untill base is too thin for fixing skis.