Less of a wail.
The Wailer Ski is a favorite of backcountry skiers due to its versatile performance. You can ride down pow, crud, and everything in between with the Wailer strapped to your foot, and the ski always feels delightfully lightweight on the skintrack. DPS updated the Wailer 112 Alchemist Ski with an overhauled construction that stiffens the ski for a more stable ride when you're cranking high-speed turns. The Alchemist construction also adds vibration-dampening units at the tip and tail of the ski's Pure Carbon construction to provide a smoother ride through mixed and firm conditions, too. DPS also updated this ski with raised binding plates, vertical sidewalls, and a sustainable aspen wood core to simultaneously tighten the turn radius and increase durability.
- A stiff, lightweight backcountry ski with a penchant for powder
- Versatile 112mm waist offers playful zest in soft and mixed snow
- Rockered tip and tail provides a playful feel deeper powder
- Camber underfoot holds an edge on firmer snow
- Alchemist Pure Carbon construction with vibration dampening tips
- Preimpregnated carbon ensures infinite flex that never breaks down
- Designed in Salt Lake City, Utah
- Item #DPK000V
- Q & A
New Skis, Who Dis?
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Looking forward to a new season on these sticks. These will be my steep and deep skis for the backcountry. I demoed these earlier in the 16/17 season and really pushed them, tried to break them, and came away with a serious case of ski envy. Paired with G3 Ions, I'm excited to get the season started.
Full Carbon Alchemist - a winning combo
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
DPS, or more appropriately Drake Powder Skis, have been one of the staple smaller ski brands in the last few years where the look (and the price) make you double take and say"Wow, what's that?" The Wailer 112 was the initial pinnacle of this feeling with the bright yellow topsheet, unique shape and their almost unrivaled powder versatility. The changes that have taken place with the Alchemist build being introduced to me make this ski better than it has ever been.
Over the years, DPS has been working and retooling their ski internal makeup to fit themselves into a few more areas of the skiing public. Last year it was the Foundation line which was their lower priced addition which garnered an extremely familiar and predictable feel while not killing your pocketbook. This year, they go the other direction with the Alchemist build, staying more true to their original roots by adding more high performance to their ski lines along with a bit of cost to get it. What does it do to the Wailer 112? A whole friggin lot. Truthfully, I'm not the biggest fan of the Wailer 112's shape. I know, I'm probably in the minority here but I grew up gate bashing and I tend to charge more than play around where the Wailer 112 feels like it can hang me up and be a bit ubrupt. The Alchmist build mellows this out BIG TIME where you can actually charge on the 112 legitimately and let the turn hang a bit more through the apex and end. The powder performance remains but hard snow performance is increased leading it to its most versatile version as well. Does it still hang you up a bit? Yeah, but it feels more endearing about it and not forceful.
The Alchemist version of the Wailer 112 has me wanting to try more of their ski shapes with this build and that says something considering the price tag but I feel that if the Wailer 112 is already your cup of tea then this version may be something you need to hop on now.