Cassiar 87 Foundation Ski
With a nimble shape and DPS's stiff Foundation construction, the Cassiar 87 Foundation Ski craves steep, firm groomers, but possesses the ability to sniff out leftovers in the trees, and even handle a few inches of fresh if an unexpected storm delivers. Smack in the middle of the Cassiar family, the 87-millimeter waist is a great choice for everyday adventures in the resort, with a rockered tip to get you through softer snow, and underfoot camber for a solid edge hold when the going gets really firm.
The Foundation construction is built around a bamboo and poplar core, which blends the strength of bamboo with the fun-loving pop of poplar, sandwiched between layers of unidirectional carbon and triaxial fiberglass to provide impressive power transfer and dampness at speed and through more variable conditions. Unlike the weight-saving cap construction of the Tour1, the Foundation construction employs vertical UHMW sidewalls to increase torsional stability and edge hold, giving you a solid feeling as you open up your speed.
- Hard-charging ski for on and off piste exploring
- 87mm waist easily handles firmer snow
- Rocker tip and flat tail delivers a tight, nimble turn radius
- Camber underfoot provides a reliable edge hold on hardpack
- Bamboo and poplar core adds strength and pop
- Carbon and triaxial fiberglass reduce vibrations and add torsional stability for a smooth, powerful ride
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- Q & A
Two part question ...
What is the difference between the DPS Cassiar 87 Alchemist and the DPS Cassiar 87 Foundation?? I've looked at the DPS website but can't find a clear-cut breakdown between the two different ski types.
I'm 5'11" 185 lbs and currently have a pair of Rossy Soul 7's in 188cm and Rossy Sky 7's in 188cm. If I went with the DPS Cassiar 87, would you recommend 184cm length? Or the 178cm length?
I've been looking at different 2019 ski reviews and haven't seen much on the DPS Cassiar 87s. Long story short, but kinda long ... I'm looking for something in the 85mm - 90mm underfoot range. I have two pairs of Rossy's above 100mm underfoot that I absolutely love. The skis are perfect as they're playful in trees and bumps. I'm able to muscle them down hardpack without issue. Obviously the 102mm and 111mm waists don't make for the best carver when it's really hardpack and icy.
Hence my search for something that performs around the mountain (bumps, trees, etc) like my Ross Sky and Soul 7's but can hold a better edge when it hasn't snowed and I know conditions are hardpack with no pow in site.
The new DPS Cassiar's have intrigued me. My concern with going with a lot of other big brands I've reviewed (Dynastar, Volkl, K2, Head, etc) is that the skis are made for hardpack snow first and variable snow/trees/bumps second. At least that's the idea I've cooked up in my head!!
The other ski I was looking at was this year's Liberty Origin 90.
Great Questions and I can answer them in thorough detail if you'd like to give me a call at 801-523-4066. The main differences you'll find between the foundations and the Alchemist is the construction of the core. The foundation will be your standard wood construction, with carbon reinforcements, but the DPS alchemist base is nothing but pure carbon, adding to the "dampening" to the ski to mitigate any chatter. Both will be awesome options for less-than-best snow you're looking to ride them on, but the Alchemist will be a smoother, more stable ride.
As far as sizing is concerned, you're in a grey area. the 178 would be slightly more maneuverable and the 184 will give you just a bit more stability at higher speeds. My recommendation would be the 184 given your stature.
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