2016-17 DPS Wailer 112RP2 Tour1 Review by A Better Ski
The DPS Wailer 112RP2 Tour1 is designed for powder hounds that will walk endlessly to track down deep snow. Balsa wood core wrapped in two layers of carbon give the ski a springy feel and its large shovel helps keep you on top of the snow.
2016-17 DPS Wailer 112RP2 Ski Review
Turning Radius: 18m
Conditions: Dense Powder, Chop
Boots: Scarpa Maestrale RS
Bindings: Dynafit Radical ST 2.0
Ski Personality: The DPS Wailer 112RP2 is the essence of a lightweight powder ski, a large surface area to weight ratio lets you enjoy the skis downhill performance after walking all day. This is a more playful ride with tip stiffness that isn’t too serious and lots of fun tip and tail rocker.
On the Snow Feel: Springy, poppy and smeary, the DPS Wailer 112RP2 is a blast to ski in deep snow. An 18m turning radius at 184cm keeps this ski fun while skiing in the resort but lacks the edge confidence and mass to be ridden at higher speeds.
Turn Initiation and Carving: As you would expect, the 112 is a bit slow from edge to edge, but does give you lively spring into the next turn. The 18m turning radius is made possible by the DPS Wailer 112RP2’s reverse side cut (a lot of it), but you give up effective edge length. The lack of mass and tip on the ground does give the ski more tip slap then I like when skiing groomers, but who’s doing that with this ski anyway?
Speed: You shouldn’t expect this ski to push you to mach 3, but most of us ski more conservatively in the backcountry anyway. It doesn’t mean that you can’t open the ski up and slash an open face, it just means that you may feel a bit underskied.
Powder: Here is where the DPS Wailer 112RP2 really shine easy turning and tons of float help provide this ski with a forgiving and effortless ride. This ski will have you chasing down untracked snow at every chance, this is where it is most comfortable.
Uneven/Variable Terrain: The Walier 112RP2 Tour1 will ski chop, rockered tip and tail help this ski rerelease early even when things get nasty. You will just want to keep your speed down, as this ski lacks the mass to just bust through things.
Flex: Soft tips, moderate flex under foot and at the tail.
Touring: Yes, please. A feather weight 1550g at 184cm is amazing, mount these skis with a tech binding to keep the weight low and go explore the great outdoors.
Overall: If you are a self-described powder hound who has moved to the backcountry to find more untracked snow then check out the DPS Wailer 112RP2, you wont be disappointed.