2016-17 DPS Wailer 99 Tour1 Review by A Better Ski
The DPS Wailer 99 Tour1 is a progressive backcountry ski that is quick edge to edge in hardback and has enough float to be really fun on deep days. It’s versatility is matched will with it’s featherweight feel and will keep you climbing till the sun goes down.
2016-17 DPS Wailer 99 Tour1 Ski Review
Turning Radius: 19m
Conditions: Dense Powder, Chop
Boots: Scarpa Maestrale RS
Bindings: Dynafit Radical ST 2.0
Ski Personality: The DPS Wailer 99 Tour1 is a lightweight playful ski that will make those hard earned turns well worth it. It’s a ski that doesn’t take itself too seriously, and may be overpowered by a big aggressive skier.
On the Snow Feel: Tons of fun, the DPS Wailer 99 Tour1 has the a smeary feel in deep snow thanks to its spoon like tip and 400mm of rocker as well as the ability to carve short swing turns on hard pack.
Turn Initiation and Carving: Thanks to the reverse sidecut, the DPS Wailer 99 Tour1 makes nice short swing turns on hard pack. The ski is quick and lively from edge to edge but it lacks the pop that you get from skis with a flatter tail.
Speed: Not a charging ski by any means, but what can you expect from a lightweight tourer? At speed on groomers, you do get quite a bit of tip slap and deflection through crud.
Powder: DPS skis are known for powder skiing, super fun. Playful, smeary and poppy all attributed to that large rocketed tip. If you like butter with your turns, I suggest you try a slice of the DPS line.
Uneven/Variable Terrain: Mixed feeling here, I do like that I have so much release with rockered tip and tail, but wish the tips were a bit stiffer to help the skis keep on line. Skiing difficult terrain and snow conditions is possible but this is not a master of the art.
Flex: Soft spoon like tip keeps them up in soft snow, moderate support underfoot and at the tail allow you to cruise groomers with confidence.
Touring: Willing to walk 500 miles to find soft snow? Hate loosing downhill performance for the sake of weight? The DPS Wailer 99 Tour1 may be just the answer, at 1410g at 184cm, the DS Wailer 99 Tour1 has the ability to ski all snow conditions with ease.
Overall: The DPS Wailer 99 Tour1 is a good at everything type of ski, this could fit the “one ski quiver” for an uphill oriented skier and will ski conditions found in the back country from powder to avalanche debris, to ice.