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DPS Skis Lotus 120 Spoon Ski

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    Land of the lotus eaters.

    We've all been there—the first turn that sends snow well over your head and leaves you gasping for breath, followed by nothing but the white room for what feels like minutes—it's this feeling that will make skiers quit jobs, sleep in snowy parking lots, and drive hundreds of miles cross-country based on the chance of a storm. But as we all know, moments like these are few and far between, so when you're staring down the barrel of a steep, untracked line, be sure you're on a pair of skis that will make the most of the powder experience: the DPS Lotus 120 Spoon Skis.

    Borrowing design principles from the AK- and BC-proportioned Spoon ski, the Lotus 120 maintains the same slarvability as its titanesque brother with a convex base in the shovel, which allows for increased control over turn shapes, easy planing, and blimp-like float. Where the Lotus sets itself apart; however, is with its flat tail that delivers a solid feel and increased drive at the end of your turn. With 122mm underfoot and 140mm in the shovel, the Lotus is still a dedicated powder ski, but it will remain skiable once the resort's tracked out, or when that sleeper spring storm quickly turns to mank under the afternoon sun.

    Based on its dimensions, you might expect the Lotus to weigh well over ten pounds, but thanks it Pure3 Carbon + Nano construction, it weighs just over eight. Pure3 construction makes the ski both 30% lighter than traditional sandwich construction skis and 30% more torsionally stiff, so you get the same stiff, powerful performance at a fraction of the weight. The construction consists of a lightweight aspen wood core and a pure prepreg carbon fiber laminate. World Cup race bases ensure speed and longevity, while full UHMW sidewalls and wide profile Rockwell steel edges deliver a solid and stable feel.

    • Rockered tip and tail, camber underfoot
    • Pure3: Carbon + Nano construction (sandwich with UHMW sidewalls)
    • Aspen wood core
    • Pure prepreg carbon fiber laminate
    • 35m turn radius
    • Convex base in the shovel
    • Flat tail
    • Made in Utah, USA
    • Item #DPK0003

    Tech Specs

    Length
    178 cm, 189 cm, 197 cm
    Dimensions
    140 / 122 / 126 mm
    Turn Radius
    32 m
    Profile
    early rise
    Construction
    Pure3 (sandwich)
    Core
    aspen
    Edge
    Rockwell C48 steel
    Base
    [shovel] convex
    Tail
    flat
    Claimed Weight
    [189cm] 8 lb 11 oz
    Recommended Use
    powder, freeride

    Tech Specs

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    Get 'em before they're gone!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I've owned every edition of the Lotus 120 made and this has been my favorite! Point this ski and charge. Need to scrub some speed? Throw them sideways and slarve. Need some bite in firm conditions? Get 'em on edge and rail. It's really a very versatile ski for soft snow conditions... my go to ski for JaPOW or any time the snow is more than a foot of new. And BTW, I've heard the new L124 is replacing this ski, so get 'em while you can... destined to be a cult classic!

    Get 'em before they're gone!

    Unbelievable

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Got the 120 Lotus Pure3 last fall and used them on some of the deepest days in the Crested Butte backcountry. As an avalanche forecaster and ski guide, they tow the line perfectly of uphill lightweight, and amazing playfulness, float, rippability on the down. Paired with the Tecnica Cochise or ZZeroG guide boot, and dynafits and that is the kit!!

    Super Versatile

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Inbounds, out and pretty much everywhere there's really nowhere these don't shine. I bought the for big, wide open terrain where they obviously shined with their big turn radius and incredible float, but I was equally impressed with how well they did lower down the hill in the trees. Easy to pivot and ski at slow speeds these redefined what a 120 waisted ski could do for me. Love 'em!

    Great Powder Pintail

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This ski floats well in pow and has a great mix of maneuverability and the ability to charge when it's soft. The stiff pintail coupled with the generous shovel in the tip makes it super fun.

    Quiver of One

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    The various iterations of this ski have been my daily driver in Silverton, Las Lenas, Hakuba, and Valdez almost since the inception of the L120. If I could choose only one ski for the rest of my life, this would be it.



    Slays the pow, nimble in the trees, stable at speed, not designed for the hard but up to the challenge.

    Quiver of One

    Granite Canyon; Perfect

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I had a chance to ski the Lotus 120 last year with some friends in Jackson. They're locals and typically ski 4-5 days a week... racing the tram up and down and lapping Granite Canyon. Normally I'm dragging behind, trying to keep up after the first few runs.

    We had about a 6-8" of snow both days I was there and the skiing was perfect for hitting the side country in Granite Canyon. If you've skied Granite, you know how that constant right hand traverse can wear on your legs, especially after multiple runs a couple days in a row. Not this trip! The Lotus 120s were awesome. The carbon construction made them super light on the hike, the 120mm waist floated and surfed on the fresh snow effortlessly, and the 'spoon' on the tip charged through set up slough and debris. The big difference was the traverse, the lightweight saved my legs on that long 'right' out of Granite... PERFECT!

    The Big Mountain Slayer

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    The wide underfoot and big shovel upfront make skiing pow easy but these boards still turn and burn when your on the groomers. The sintered graphite base is freaky fast when you want some speed but the skis are so lively and responsive its easy to slow down with a quick turn. These skis have lots of tip rocker and the spoon technology in the tip (check the video above) makes these skis less catchy and the turn initiation is surprisingly easy. The tail on this ski has camber to give you grip in steep terrain but a small amount of rocker in the very end of the tail to make turn releases smooth. Last but not least these baby’s have a light carbon fiber construction which make them lively and responsive without making a big ski like this feel heavy and cumbersome. They look really big in person but feel very light compared to other skis of the same size. This means your legs stay fresh lap after lap, weather you skinning, crushing it at the resort, or any other method you use to get to the top of the fresh powder.


    Bottom Line: This is the most capable ski in this shape category that i have ever ridden. If your looking for top level performance, a high level of build quality, and a ski that gets a lot of attention these definitely deserve a spot in your quiver.