If you are tired of constantly planning, plotting and budgeting for your perfect quiver, and want one super light ski to do it all, the Wailer 106 takes the guess work out of the equation. We are incredibly stoked on this ski for a wide variety of conditions, it has become a shop favorite as well as a go to starting point for many demo setups we send out. The Tour1 construction shaves an incredible amount of weight while creating an incredible performance on the down.
The shape of the Wailer 106 is where it all starts. 106mm underfoot with a 131mm rockered shovel, these baby blues can handle deep days in style. But it's not just a touring powder ski, The camber underfoot, gentle early rise tail, and high torsional stiffness allow you to grip firm steeps with confidence and really lay it out at high speed on the apron. DPS nailed it with this shape.
The Tour1 construction is a light yet poppy Balsa core layered with pre impregnated carbon laminates (the stuff used in the aerospace industry). The top sheet is the same ultra durable polyamide material found in all DPS skis, except it is capped down to the edges to eliminate the weight of a sidewall. No need to worry about durability however, DPS still uses the tough Rockwell steel edges and world's hardest world cup race bases. I for one thought this was hyperbole before mounting up this ski last as my go to last season. After the amount of rocks I nailed at high speed, I will vouch for the strength of these bases.
The Wailer 106 Tour1 is the perfect do it all touring specific ski for North America's western mountains.
|Weight||1440g (178 cm)|
|Lengths||168, 178, 185, 191 cm|
|Dimensions||133 / 106 / 122 mm (178 cm)|
|Profile||rockered tip, early rise tail, camber|
|Construction||carbon fiber laminate, wood; capped|
|Recommended Use||All Mountain Touring|
|Manufactuer Warranty||2 years|
I am writing this review on the women's dps zelda 106 tour which is basically the same exact ski as the wailer 106 tour (just a different color top sheet).
As my title states, this ski is in fact a game changer. I did a 4 mile tour on these and was able to haul ass. The ski is nice and light (mounted with the Dynafit Speed Radical) without sacrificing the width to keep you afloat in the pow. The skinning surface area gives you enough traction to make it up the steeper skin tracks. The 18mm turning radius allows you to maneuver the skis through tight trees. I am 5'3" and on the 168 and would not have gone shorter or longer. The 168 length is just downright perfect.
This ski is a must have in your quiver.
And seriously, ladies, who doesn't like the grape purple top sheet!