A good quiver should always include a ski shape similar the DPS Wailer 106. Whether you are a British Columbia powder hound and this is your plank for the less deep days, or you chase the light and dry continental snow packs where this is a great mid winter ski option, there is a spot in the quiver for the 106 for skiers around the globe. The 106 has plenty of tip rocker, gradual early rise in the tail and moderate camber- a shape designed for any terrain or snow condition. We've had many a best day ever on this shape from deep blower to spring corn to a rip around the resort. And speaking of that resort test, we were shocked at how laid out and angulated we could get on near ice conditions. This is thanks to the incredibly torsionally stiff yet, more damp than the pure 3, Alchemist lay up.
The new Alchemist construction was created to handle mixed conditions better, mating perfectly with this shape. The Chassis flex pattern and side cut design allow for better flex around the boot and for adjusting turn shape to terrain. The new carbon layup is now vibration tuned to handle variable conditions. The pre preg carbon fiber sandwiches an Aspen core, which is then wrapped in super tough top sheets, ABS sidewalls, Rockwell steel edges, and seriously the strongest bases we've ever seen. Industry leading torsional stiffness coupled with a lightweight build translates into powerful grip when the ski is engaged as well as agility off-edge.
From spring chop to deep powder days this ski will get you to the secret stashes in the backcountry to springtime laps on the resort. The DPS Wailer 106 Alchemist will keep you capitalizing on every ski day (backcountry or mechanized) from November to May, mount one up and you'll be shocked at how little reach for anything else.
|Weight||1770g (178 cm)|
|Lengths||168, 178, 185, 191 cm|
|Dimensions||135 / 106 / 124 mm (185 cm)|
|Profile||rockered tip, early rise tail, camber|
|Construction||carbon fiber/flax wrapped wood; sidewall|
|Manufactuer Warranty||1 Year|
The DPS Alchemist skis are awesome! Loved them over 10 days of hut skiing at Opus in Red Mountain Pass and amongst the low 10th Mountain Division Huts.
The Fritschi Tecton 12 binding, however, is a disaster: the heels froze multiple times and it took significant work to get them into walking/climbing mode. This design is defective and should never be sold again. I am asking Cripple Creek BC to stop selling this binding: no one should ever have this terrible piece of equipment dumped on them. It should be taken back and refunded. I am writing to Black Diamond as well to complain about this unacceptably poorly designed technology.
Service was great at Cripple Creek...but the Fritschi Tecton 12 shouldn't ever be sold again.
I have skied DPS skis for years and always like them for how effortlessly they turned and how light they were on the way uphill. However I felt that they washout in hard snow and I never really felt like I had true control until I tried the new 106 design. So much better than the 105 and the Alchemist construction boosted it to be one of my favorite skis.