Drake Powder Skis (DPS) has garnered quite the cult following over the last recent years. The unmistakeable yellow of the Wailer 112 has been known to grace the softer conditions and backcountry areas though the price made it feel unattainable due to the wonderful but expensive carbon layup. DPS noticed how popular their skis had become and decided to help rachet down the cost while keeping the quality but adding fiberglass, bamboo and poplar to the mix and man, does it work.
The Wailer 108 Foundation was just way more brainless than I expected it to be. You keep yourself a bit ahead of the skis and use a bit of a style where you drive them smoothly and you are rewarded with a pair of skis that will do most anything you tell them to. Any turn radius, speed or conditions, outside of super uneven hard chop, becomes easier than ever.
Does it float as well as its wider bretheren? Of course not, but it floats more than well for a mid-100 waist daily driver. The only other downside is that the strongest skiers or skiers with abrupt movements in ultra firm conditions will not unlock the full potential.
The Wailer 108 Foundation is a great every day driver for any intermediate to advanced semi-finesse skier who gets into more versatile softer conditions.