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DPS Skis Wailer 112 RP2 Tour1 Ski

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    12 Reviews


    Only the human-powered need apply.

    DPS' M.O. is to pick a killer shape and camber profile, then build several skis with different cores and laminates so you can choose the one with the characteristics that best suit you. The Wailer 112 RP2 Tour1 Aki, for example, is a quiver-of-one pow ski with a solid amount of tip rocker, moderate underfoot camber, and a generously raised tail, finished off with a manageable sidecut that lets you move from variable to soft snow and alter your turn shapes without skipping a beat.

    Of course, this isn't just any 112RP2, it's the 112RP2 Tour1. Huh? Essentially, it sports all the above characteristics, but it's built with DPS' Tour1 construction, which is designed specifically for lightweight backcountry-oriented skis. DPS has a reputation for lightness across the board, but its legendary Pure3 construction was always designed to be skied inbounds, while Tour1 is explicitly meant for those who primarily earn their own turns. Accordingly, the 112 RP2 Tour1 is built on a superlight balsa wood core sandwiched between pre-preg carbon fiber and fiberglass laminates and topped off with a lightweight cap, which gives the ski a category-crushing combination of weight savings and torsional stiffness and avoids the squirrely, skittish feeling of many other lightweight touring boards.

    DPS has monkeyed with the shape of 112RP2, too, giving it a larger sweet spot that serves up a stable feel whether you're riding cautiously or hitting near-irresponsible speeds. Its Paddle Tech sidecut tapers at the rocker contact points for smooth, hook-free turns, and the rockered tip and tail make sure the ski's killer soft-snow performance is unchanged. There's also enough camber underfoot to cut through hardpack, chunder, and wind-hammered snow like it's no big deal. DPS finished the 112RP2 Tour1 off with its standard tough and lightning-fast World Cup bases and narrow-gauge Rockwell 48 steel edges for extra weight savings, and capped the whole package with snow-shedding textured topsheets so you don't have to lug extra ounces up with you.

    • Balsa wood core
    • Tour1 prepreg carbon fiber and fiberglass layup
    • Rockered tip and tail with traditional camber underfoot
    • Cap construction
    • World Cup bases
    • Narrow Rockwell 48 steel edges
    • Textured topsheet
    • Item #DPK0006

    Tech Specs

    178cm, 184cm, 190cm
    141 / 112 / 128mm
    Turn Radius
    15 / 18m
    rockered tip & tail, traditional camber underfoot
    balsa, Tour1 (prepreg carbon-fiber and fiberglass laminates)
    Rockwell 48 steel
    World Cup
    Claimed Weight
    [pair, 184cm] 7 lb 13 oz
    Recommended Use
    ski touring
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

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    So amped! Then so bummed!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I have never bothered with a review before...but I am bummed out. I searched out US made skis and paid full retail. Made a special trip to CO to get them. They ski better than anything I have ever ridden. No complaints there.

    I skin with them obviously. After the first day or two, the tail on one started to delaminate where the skin attaches (Pomoca skins if it matters). I dealt with it, had a local shop try to fix it with epoxy. Not structural, but looks pretty shabby, and the top sheet began to fragment with repeated use and maybe the epoxy didn't work entirely. Gear breaks, no problem, I managed for the rest of the season and waited til summer to deal. Still, I loved the skis, and saw no problem.

    This week, I reached out to DPS, sent pics etc. Hoping for a reasonable solution to a rather minor issue. Jamie at DPS emailed that the skis had clearly suffered a trauma, and it was my fault. He said he could tell by the cracking of the delaminated piece. Also, he said if I had read some online thing, I would know I should have sent them in mid season (not sure why that would matter). Again I was busy trying to enjoy the best skiing skis of my life, and not worry about my fragmenting top sheet.

    If he had said, 'no problem, send the skis and $200, and we'll fix them. I would have been fine. It was being told I was lying that irked me. I get that people probably lie to companies to get free crap. Not me. I love American Made, and I have no interest in screwing a tiny company out of money. Anyway, it went down hill from there, and they stuck with their high level forensic ski assessment :) I was honestly a little hurt, because I love DPS, I love American made gear, and I don't lie and I am not cheap. So it was my word against Jamie's, and since he works at DPS, he wins. I can either pay $200 for a new single ski, or pay to ship it both ways and pay to have them fix it.

    You don't know me, but trust me, it's not about the money. I could give a care about that. It was being told I was making up a story that got under my skin.

    In summary, insanely great skiing ski. Brutal customer service when you hit a problem. Be prepared to get into a deep and exacting discussion with Jamie about the exact mechanism that lead to the problem you are dealing with. If you're like me, he'll imply you are lying. Maybe you can deal with him better than I did. I got mad.

    So amped!  Then so bummed!

    Into the White Tunnel

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    If you have not deduced from other reviews, these are amazing skis. The Wailer 112's offer the perfect width for skiing powder effortlessly and with control at high speeds. I ruined all that of course by mounting my Tour1's with 22 Designs Outlaw Tele Bindings but don't judge me....I get face shots easier than most. What really surprised me was how well these skis performed on hardpack and variable conditions. The prepreg carbon-fiber laminate is the difference maker and gives the skis a consistent dampening throughout so you don't get the chatter you typically would from a ski with fiberglass in its make-up. That being said, if you can swallow the higher price point then I think the Wailer 112RP2 Pure3's are worth the extra investment as a one ski quiver.

    Enjoy my hero video from Powder Mountain on 12/25/16. This is what happens when it snows so much you end up traveling through the White Tunnel until the lifts stop runnin.'

    Feel to contact me directly with questions on DPS Skis, telemark skiing or to discuss your next ski set-up.
    Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead - 801-736-4337

    Backcountry Champs

      My man has been in the market for a good set of backcountry skis- something durable enough to take a beating, but light enough to not bog him down on the skin up. After quite a bit of deliberation, and getting to check these out in person, he settled with the Wailers and I don't think he has any regrets.
      Bottom line, these things are stinking light. He threw a pair of Kingpins on them, and I have some mad jealousy regarding that light setup... He basically flies up the skintrack now.
      But for being so light, they've still got some substantial power when you get into the turns. They're not flimsy, you still have to be able to drive them. In pow especially, he says they feel a lot like a super light Armada JJ.
      All in all, so far so good- DPS knows what they're doing. Still have yet to experiment with them in other snow conditions, will update if anything changes!

      Lightweight backcountry beasts

        “DPS has done it again. I truly love this ski for the backcountry in Utah and Montana. I found it to float very well in the powder. It’s super light, which makes uphill travel fun again. I bought this ski strictly for backcountry use and for snowmobile sled laps. I found the ski to be very durable, getting banged around on the sled. It skied very similar in the powder as its sister ski, the Wailer 112RE2. I’ve yet to ski it in the crud, but I can imagine it might not hold up as well as some other skis in the crud, but I’m willing to give up crud busting for shedding a few pounds on the uphill


        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        This is a great powder touring ski. They are insanely light, turn on a dime, and float without much effort. Have skied them once at the resort too and find they carve adequately and have surprisingly good lateral stiffness. These skis take a bit of getting used to as they initiate turns effortlessly in soft snow (literally almost by themselves) but then have to be muscled a bit to maintain the carve. It's just kind of the opposite of other powder skis which require more for initiation and less to hold. Short turn radius combined with light weight make these skis super easy for linking turns in steeps or tight trees.

        Great package for powder ski touring and admittedly so light they're easy going on the up in the skin track and kicking turns.

        About 10 days on these. Will update if thoughts evolve.

        One Big Sweet Spot

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        This is the ski in my quiver that sees the most days of use. They can pretty much do anything, and really shine anytime there is some snow to push around; that can be a few inches of wet corn or a few feet of blower pow! I've heard some complain that they felt the ski was unstable at high speeds and they couldn't get their "charge" on, but that's not what this ski is designed for. If you tend to make less turns and like to straight line, then look to the Wailer 112 RPC. On the other hand if you like to make tight turns, wide turns, big turns, little turns, hop turns, carving turns, just about any turn you can think of, then this ski is for you. It's very forgiving, has a huge sweet spot and is a playful ski to ski. The Tour 1 construction saves all the weight and gives up nothing in performance. I actually felt like I gained fitness my first few days on this ski!

        One Big Sweet Spot

        The ultimate lightweight touring ski!

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        Shave weight, not performance. DPS continues to deliver the goods when it comes to lightweight, high performance skis. The 112RP2 Tour 1 skis will not disappoint when it comes to traveling fast and light in the backcountry. Mounted these with Dynafit TLT Super Lite bindings, making my setup the lightest I've ever used. At first I was concerned the reduced weight would impact downhill performance, but that is not the case at all. Uphill performance is absolutely amazing, with no concerns. From short half day tours to long slogs, they are amazing and fast. For the downhill, they smear, slarve, slice and dice soft snow and pow very well. No concerns here either. In pow they'll leave a smile on your face for days. The skis have a really nice sweet spot and the learning curve in figuring that sweet spot out is pretty quick. They are a bit turny, but that bodes well for skiing through tighter trees. Chop, crud, boilerplate, and all of that other type of snow you try to avoid can be a bit more challenging, but manageable. The carbon and adequate torsional stiffness allow you to power through some of this challenging snow as long as you stay on top of them by driving the skis. The skis are very well made and feel durable. The top sheets are very resistant to chipping and hold up to the abuse of backcountry skiing very well. There's really nothing bad to say about these skis as they are a game changer. Go further, longer, and have more fun while doing so!

        Go Anywhere

        • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

        I had the opportunity to ski on these last season for a day of touring, and they were amazing. The are super light at about 8 lbs a pair, have great float with that 112mm waist, but still have great power transition and turn. You can seriously take this ski anywhere.

        Go Anywhere

        Unbelievable Ski

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        Three in NW backcountry skiing and the DPS tour 1 have been outstanding. It almost cheating with these skis. They turn on a dime and light enough to climb all today.

        Unbelievable Ski

        Nothing But Fun!

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        You know it's going to be a good day when you are pulling these out. These float through soft snow, whether it's pow or facets, like nothing else. The early rise and carbon construction allow this ski to plow through surface crusts like an ice-breaker ship. Nothing stops 'em. For touring on the deep days, there is nothing better out there.

        This is your touring ski

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        I spent most of last winter and spring touring on the Wailer 112RP2 Tour1. It's amazing how strong it performs on the down, given its pixy weight and ease of glide in the skin track. From pow, to corn, to resort laps they outperformed any lightweight touring ski I've ridden to date.

        Unanswered Question

        I'm concerned the 184cm may be too short? I'm 6' and 205 lbs. My current skis range from 189cm -192cm. Any thoughts or recs?