The right width for the skin track, the right shape for the pow. The 99 takes it's rockered profile from the cult classic 112 but in a more manageable width for both resort ripping and ski touring. This mid fat width is particularly noticeable on the skin track as you get less skin drag friction, and aren't the widest ski on the drag, dragging against the walls. You also get a quicker ski edge to edge when ripping the groomer back to the lift after shredding the resort powder.
The perfect improvement for this shape is the new Alchemist construction. DPS sought to improve performance in variable conditions, and successfully addressed it in two distinct ways. First, the DPS classic full pre preg carbon wrap is now vibration tuned within the carbon layup. Less complicated than it sounds really, flax is added to dumb down vibration which then makes the ski more damp and forgiving without sacrificing pop. Secondly, DPS' Alchemist construction improves the feel and flex of the center of the ski. The mounting area stays at full thickness, while the rest of the center of the ski is slightly thinner. This creates a more even and proper flex around the boot.
The combination of shape and construction of the Wailer 99 Alchemist lead to one of the most versatile and playful skis ever designed. Pick up the 99 as a one ski quiver for both resort and backcountry skiing.
|Weight||1740g (184 cm)|
|Lengths||168, 176, 184, 192 cm|
|Dimensions||125 / 99 / 111 mm (184 cm)|
|Profile||rockered tip and tail, camber|
|Construction||carbon fiber/flax wrapped wood; sidewall|
|Manufactuer Warranty||1 Year|
Yes--these just work. I put Zeds on the 176 cm length and have been loving every turn. Not that much heavier than my lightweight bc setup (TX98 + ATK) but way damper, more stable, and (let's face it) easier to ski when conditions are sub-optimal. Excellent resort/sidecountry ride for me as well. Thank-you CCBC.