Handier than your multi-tool.
The Wailer 106 Tour1 Ski is DPS' answer to the resounding question of experience-focused backcountry skiers: "What's the point in grinding through long tours if you have to spend the descent feeling gripped on floppy touring skis?" Choosing a lightweight touring ski often means compromising performance, stiffness, and downhill fun in order to stay skin-track friendly, but the DPS Tour1 construction gives an effective middle finger to that compromise with the use of a poppy, stiff balsa wood core sandwiched by aerospace carbon laminates and a full cap textured polyamide top. The end result is a ski that's comparable in weight to the lightest on the market, but blows the competition away in terms of torsional rigidity, edge control, and dampening.
Just because snow conditions don't pan out powdery all the time doesn't mean you'll skip a dawn patrol, but it's nice to have a little float when there's fresh stuff. Whipped up with a versatile 106mm waist, and the Wailer is ready to devour powder, crud, ice, hardpack, and all the fast pre-dawn ascents you can throw at it. A rockered tip and tail with traditional camber underfoot and a chassis-driven sidecut bring the best of both worlds for laying the ski on edge and blasting through crud or pow. Enjoy precision, power, and levity in every type of snow condition, every damn time.
- An ultralight touring ski with stiff, rowdy performance
- 106mm waist width is versatile in variable snow
- Rocker in the tip and tail floats powder
- Camber underfoot holds an edge on hardpack
- Balsa core with carbon laminates and a full cap construction
- Designed with love in Salt Lake City, Utah
- Item #DPK000E
- Q & A
Quiver of 1 or 1 in the quiver!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
This ski fills the narrow waisted spot in my quiver. Narrow waisted at 106, you ask? Indeed. I prefer a little more surface area to smooth out the variable conditions of backcountry touring. Perfect snow can be skied on just about anything, it's the funk that can define how a ski performs. I use this ski for all spring conditions, or anytime we haven't had new snow in a while. It's perfect for longer tours and multi day outings. I brought these on an 8 day ski traverse of the Boulder/White Clouds Wilderness last spring and couldn't have been happier! The weight savings on my feet was huge, but they didn't sacrifice anything in the performance category, even while skiing with an overnight pack on.
On the other hand, if you budget or snow pack doesn't warrant a quiver of fat waisted skis, this could be your ultimate quiver of one. Mounted a bit more center than other DPS offerings (W112, L120), these skis can rail firm snow, yet with just enough tip rocker ill float in the soft too!
DPS has done it again, especially for ski tourers with the Tour 1 construction. Now you have ultra light touring skis for the up that don't sacrifice anything for the down.
Perfect Wasatch Touring ski!
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Have you been looking for a light and versatile touring ski? Look no further! The DPS tour 106 is light for crushing long uphill tours. The 106 waist ensures you can cruise through knee deep pow while still holding a solid edge when conditions get more variable. The tour construction not only makes the uphill easy, but ensures rock solid stability at high speeds with a burly prepreg carbon/fiberglass laminate construction. This ripper is awesome for anything from the deepest days to spring corn harvesting! Please feel free to reach out and I can help you place an order or answer any questions - 801-204-4533 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Have a great day!