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Wailer T99 Ski

DPS has the reputation of being a backcountry-first company, but that's not entirely accurate. It's always valued lightness, but that's been taken to mean, "touring performance," which wasn't really DPS' intention. Lightweight skis, the company will tell you, are just as useful in bounds as out, so trimming the fat is as much a matter of increasing downhill performance as helping you crush  the skinner.

What you just read, though, doesn't really apply to the Wailer 99 Tour1 Ski. This year, DPS is introducing Tour1 construction, a superlight alternative to the classic Pure3 layup, and one that's explicitly meant to keep the ounces down for improved backcountry performance. DPS has swapped the aspen core out for balsa wood, traded UHMW sidewalls for a lightweight cap, and changed the laminate slightly, all of which means the Tour1 version of the Wailer 99 is .75lb lighter than Pure3 while being nearly as stiff, so you can fly on the way up and charge on the way down without pooping your pants because of floppy-ski fear.

Balsa's ridiculously lightweight, as you remember from your glider-building days, but returns plenty of energy for a lively, fun feel. DPS' special laminate blend of prepreg carbon fiber and fiberglass keeps the Wailer stiffer and more powerful than other touring skis with comparable weights, and even the cap construction is designed to resist twisting, so you can rail powerful turns through chop, chunder, and all sorts of unexpected alpine mank. The profile of the Wailer is pretty traditional by current standards, with moderate tip and tail rocker and plenty of camber underfoot to provide an all-season combo of hard-snow grip and soft-snow float. DPS also designed it with its trademark Paddle Tech sidecut profile, which blends the sidecut to almost nothing at the rocker contact points for smooth turn initiation and a predictably hook-free feel. Narrow-gauge Rockwell 48 steel edges provide loads of bite with a low weight penalty, and the World Cup base lets you mob on the descents for maximum fun and speedier yo-yo laps.

  • Rockered tip and tail with traditional camber underfoot
  • Paddle Tech sidecut profile
  • Tour1 cap construction
  • Balsa wood core
  • Prepreg carbon fiber and fiberglass laminate
  • Narrow-gauge Rockwell 48 steel edges
  • World Cup base
  • Item #DPK0009

168cm, 176cm, 184cm, 192cm
125 / 99 / 111mm
Turn Radius
16 / 19m
rockered tip & tail, camber underfoot
Tour1 (cap)
balsa wood, carbon fiber laminate, fiberglass laminate
Rockwell 48 steel
World Cup
Claimed Weight
[pair, 184cm] 6lb 3.5oz
Recommended Use
backcountry touring
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

Tech Specs

What do you think about this product?


>Rating: 5

Take me to the Pinnacle

I've used it several times

If you have not deduced from other reviews, these are amazing skis. The Wailer 99's offer the perfect width for long days in the backcountry and ski mountaineering. Do you want to climb the furthest peak and ski the untouched bowl that lies beyond? Also, if you are lighter weight skier, do a lot of spring touring, or ski in a place that does not get a ton of snow then look no further than the Wailer 99. After skiing the 99, 106 and 112, I decided on the 112's as my go-to touring ski for the Wasatch out here in Utah. I am 190 lbs. and we are lucky enough to get a lot of powder so I wanted the extra float. Then I ruined my skis by mounting them with 22 Designs Outlaw Tele Bindings! Haha. 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 and are looking for an on-piste ski then I think the Wailer Alchemist Series 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

Nice tele turns Kyle. Did you mount your Outlaws boot center on the ski? Did you buy the Wailer 99 or the Wailer 112? Sounds like after you skied the three different Wailers you bought the 112s. I have the same ski, 184 cm Wailer 112 Pure 3 mounted with Freedoms at +1 .

>Rating: 5

Awe inspiring touring ski

I've used it several times

About me, 30 years old, 5'10", 165lbs, expert skier of 20+ years from Tahoe region. New to touring. Ive skiied alot in bounds but just made the foray into touring. Ive used afew different set-ups but once I found this one under my feet, I knew I had to buy one for myself. Sizing; I would say the opposite of some others here, dont be afraid to size up with these skis! Im riding this in 184, and it feels super short compared to standard DH skis due to all the pre-rise or rocker. The low weight also plays a factor. All that tip and tail rocker means that if you dont have the ski engaged, on-edge in a turn, you are skiing on a lot shorter edge. Keep this in mind for the icy steeps, where reduced edge length (at least in contact with the snow) can make things feel looser and dicier. On the flip side of that coin, the shorter edge with the tip up in the air, makes turn initiation a breeze and makes a 184 feel like a 162 when it comes to initiating the turn. The incredibly low swing weight of the carbon/balsa core just adds to this ease of piloting the ski, and makes the entire mountain your play ground. Point and go! On the skin track these skis just dont weigh anything, which is another reason Id say size up for the descent! They are super playful skis that will make just about any shape turn you want from pinner tight, to GS, though I would never recommend they be pushed like a GS ski because they just dont have the rigidty needed for highspeed slashing. Only complaints or flaws that can be felt (and its really more of a trade off for reduced weight) is the cap construction. You will feel the ski flex laterally (twist) more than a sidewall version like the pure3. I immediately noticed this while skinning on a sidehill, as I could feel the ski wanting to flex or twist. On descent this wasnt as immediately noticeable and just felt a little less precise, and more vague, and proabably adds to the deflection feeling some others have noted, if it can really even be felt at all. In soft or powder conditions, I dont think it is noticed. Killer skis.

>Rating: 5

Backcountry Go-To

I've put it through the wringer

I purchased these skis to replaced my previous backcountry setup, and could not be happier! The Tour 1 construction is amazing for someone who is spending most of their time earning their turns. I am 5'10'' / 160lbs and went with the shorter 176cm option. I wanted to have a little more control overall and with tight lines in the trees, which has shown to be the perfect length for what I was looking for in performance. The weight to performance ratio is the best I've experienced on a ski so far as well. My previous setup was the same weight, but was extremely chattery at higher speeds. The DPS Tour 1 construction solves this problem, offering a lightweight touring ski with a focus on downhill performance. I put the new Dynafit Radical ST 2.0s on these and have been super happy with the setup!

>Rating: 5

Closest Thing to a BC Quiver Killer

I've used it several times

These skis do it all! While I just got these skis a little over a week ago, thanks to a manic week in the Wasatch I've had the opportunity to ski them in a wide variety of conditions, and they've surprised me in all. Really, the only time I wish I had any more (wider) ski was in some of the deepest pow of the winter, and it was my first run on them. Here's a couple notes: I'm a fairly big dude (6' 1 200 lbs) and used to big long skis. A bit reluctantly, I let my friend talk me into getting the 176cm length. After a few runs of getting used to them, I'm glad I did. Picking lines in trees just got a lot easier, and of course they go uphill like a dream. Would the 184 be too much? Certainly not, and If I predominantly skied big faces at high speeds it would probably be a better choice. But if you're on the fence, don't fear the slightly shorter ski. I mounted mine 5mm front of center. I think this made them butter a little better, but midsole or a little back would've made them kick-turn even that much easier, and maybe ski at speed a bit better. I put a pair of Dynafit Superlites on them and ski the new Scarpa F1. Some of my friends wont hang out with me anymore. Do yourself a favor and lose some friends. Just like DPS claims, these really are the "worlds most advanced skis."

>Rating: 5

Everything you would Expect from DPS

I've used it several times

Skis just like the Wailer 99 Pure with a little more deflection. They had to do something to lighten the load here on their Tour Series. They are just as precise and can stop on that dime like the Wailer Pure but, when charging through choppier snow I felt some deflection. I actually really liked the Balsa core. Its obviously really light but, that makes it very easy to whip around the mountain. It had an extremely lively poppy feel to it! I normally stay away from capped skis as they don't hold an edge as well as a vertical sidewall but, not in this case. I was surprised to see how well the skis could hold on some icier spots. As far as durability goes, DPS says they see very little to no warranty claims on these skis due to sidewalls blowing and what have you. Let me know if you have anymore questions like: What bindings would go well with these? What size or brand skins should I get? Can they be used in bounds? Don't hesitate to contact me directly via email or my direct phone line.

Isn't it rather disingenuous for DPS to say that their Pure3 model was designed to ski in-bounds? I've been skiing the RP2 in the backcountry for a while. I mean I love the Company but I found that to be a little bit of a backhand towards their loyal customers. Instead they could just say, this is a few oz lighter but chatters a bit more on less ideal snowpack, but I guess that doesn't move another pair of $1,000 skis!

>Rating: 5

Light as a Feather, Stings like a DPS

I've put it through the wringer

Had the chance to demo these puppies in some late season pow at the end of last year. All I really have to say is that if you are interested in the style and construction that DPS ski makes, but at a lightweight tour orientated model - this is the jam! Ski planes suppppper well in powder - (i.e. like the pros in all the films) - the rocker provides pop and playful mobility and the lightweight does nothing to hinder the skis drive. For us light(er) folks that want a little less weight for the up than a 112 underfoot - the 99 is the new aged sweet spot - not once did i wish i had a bigger underfoot ski. Paired em with some speed radicals and had a blast - crush on the skin track as well. DPS lovinnnnn! Party like its 1999.

Hey alex, Thanks for the review. What size did you go with? I'm 5'9" 150 and cannot decide.

Tuckerz - I'm 5'10'' - 165 and I went with the 176 - perfect length for touring!