2019 DPS

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    Mar 5, 2017
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    DPS Cassiar Alchemist 79 "The Trainer"
    Dimensions: 123-79-106
    Radius: [email protected]
    Sizes: 160, 167
    Sizes tested: 160, 167
    Design: All New
    Weight: 1380g/[email protected], 1445g/[email protected]

    Philpug: This is a ski that I did not expect from DPS; in fact, just looking at it, neither would you. Not so much that the 79mm width isn't what you would expect, but the way the ski reacts on hard snow is what really surprised me, the Trainer is a scalpel of a hard snow ski.
    • Who is it for? The nonconformist.
    • Who is it not for? While this is called The Trainer, some might still want something traditional.
    • Insider tip: Yes, the 167 is the longest available currently; it is adult-sized.

    If I were to make a top 5 list of skis that blew me away this past season, this would be No. 1. Coming from a company like DPS, which has built its reputation on top-quality powder skis, I didn’t know what to expect when they told me to try what they referred to as The Trainer -- but I didn’t expect what I got, which was a playful, snappy ski that turned on a dime and flew through the moguls. The only conditions in which I didn’t feel like it excelled were heavy Sierra snow; that’s when the Cassiar 79 got pushed around.

    This is the ski that will make you rethink DPS as just a powder and off-piste ski company and know them as a ski company that knows how to make quality skis for the entire mountain. I skied this ski in both offered lengths; I tend to prefer the 167 length, but the 160 was just as fun.

    I liken this ski to the sexy librarian: she looks very serious, but isready take off the glasses and show her naughty side.
    • Who is it for? Any skier looking for a playful ski that seriously carves.
    • Who is it not for? Someone who just wants to straightline.
    • Insider tip: Don’t overthink the sizing.

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    DPS Foundation Cassiar 82

    All Testers: While we didn't get on the F82 as much as the 87 and 94, what is said about them goes for the 82mm version as well.

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    DPS Foundation Cassiar 87
    Dimensions: 127-87-108
    Radius: [email protected]9cm
    Sizes: 165, 171, 178, 184, 189
    Size tested: 184
    Design: All New

    Andy Mink: DPS expands its already fine Foundation line for 2019 with the introduction of an 87mm all-mountain ski. Utilizing the C2 chassis found on the 2019 Foundation models, the ski is very strong but forgiving. I found that it will carve as far over as I can go, but the rounded tail allows for a quick detach to a slarve or slide if the situation calls for it. Give the ski a bit more angle and you're back into the carve. In the trees and bumps, that same tail shape, along with a little rise in the forebody, allows for a safe, secure feel for those who are learning the literal ins and outs of bumps and trees. A stronger, bigger skier would probably enjoy the 189 length; lighter or less experienced skiers would do well with the 184 or 178; and the 165 and 171 lengths would be reserved for smaller skiers.

    The ski does not demand full attention at all times but it will reward the more technically proficient skier who drives harder. It will also not punish the intermediate skier who is climbing the skill ladder. The 87s would make a really good one-ski quiver for the Tahoe/Sierra skier or a great addition to a two-ski all-mountain quiver with a 100+ for those sweet, sweet powder days. With the shape of the tip mimicking DPS's very popular Wailer lineup, these are the ticket for carving up groomers and then hopping off into the powder stashes.
    • Who is it for? Advancing intermediates or experts looking for a comfortable, competent everyday driver that doesn't punish mistakes but rewards proficiency.
    • Who is it not for? Beginners or early intermediates who are still feeling their way around the mountain.
    • Intermediate tip? Take these skis to areas that may normally be out of your comfort zone; they will help you without a lot of drama.

    Philpug: It is always cool to be there at the beginning. DPS launched its Foundation series right when we started Pugski.com, and DPS was one of our first sponsors. Two years later, DPS is updating the series we helped launch by giving the Cassiar collection a new shape and a new model, the Foundation Cassiar 87. While the Chassis 2 shape is shared with the Powderworks 87, this is an all-new construction in the Foundation application. See our Long-Term Review HERE.
    • Who is it for? Skiers who want an entry-level premium ski without entry-level performance.
    • Who is it not for? Stronger skiers can overpower their regular sizes, so think about sizing up.
    • Insider tip: Look for the upcoming Uschi 87 and a junior version from this mold: the Wailer Grom available with a scaled-down construction and flex pattern in 148 and 158 lengths.

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    DPS Foundation Cassiar 94
    Dimensions: 133-94-113
    Radius: [email protected]
    Sizes: 165, 171, 178, 185, 191
    Size tested: 185
    Design: All New

    Andy Mink: New for 2019, the Foundation Cassiar 94 fills the spot formerly held by the FC95. Don't assume this is just a millimeter drop in the waist, though, as the build and shape of the ski is all new. The updated tip may be the biggest change that you'll notice as it turns just a bit easier than the outgoing 95. The slight tail rocker and curve of the tail allow for easy maneuvering in bumps, junk, and powder. While the 94 will carve (and quite well thank you very much), its main job is heading into cutup leftovers, mashed-out edges, and freshies.

    The 94 is a very easy, forgiving ski that doesn't mind being taken into less-than-perfect conditions. It has the float to go over the top but it's stout enough to go through when necessary. It does like to be skied in a neutral position; there is no need to try and drive it. This green machine would be a nice complement to a quiver that already has a dedicated groomer slicer and powder beast.
    • Who is it for? The resort skier looking to spend more time off the groomed than on.
    • Who is it not for? The groomer skier with no desire to see what's off the corduroy.
    • Intermediate tip: Peek off the edge with these and see what's over there.

    Philpug: Ever ski a ski and think, "Yeah, this is just what it should be" -- only to try its replacement and think, "Damn, this is even better; how do they do that?" Well, that's how it is with the all-new DPS Foundation Cassiar 94. While the outgoing model is quite good, light and playful with a whimsical personality, the new one retains all of that but is now stronger and has a more serious side. See our Long-Term Review HERE.
    • Who is it for? A premium ski at an entry-level price without entry-level performance. Sound familiar?
    • Who is it not for? The biggest of the big chargers -- unless you want a playful ski.
    • Insider tip: Size up, and when you order, step up and get the Phantom Permanent Base Glide Treatment.

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    DPS Wailer Foundation 106
    Dimensions: 142-106-125
    Radius: [email protected]
    Sizes: 168, 178, 185, 191
    Size tested: 185
    Design: Carryover

    Philpug: (from last year) Maybe I am getting old, but I am liking easy skis more and more all the time. The Wailer 106 with the new Foundation construction is just that, easy. Now, just because a ski is easy, doesn't mean it isn't good. We can now have easy, fun, and playful at only the cost of the Nth degree in top end; to me, that is an acceptable price to pay. If I want to charge, many skis will do that. The shape and feel of the new Foundation series is just nice and workable. These are 185s and the length is there when I want it but it doesn't get in the way in the tight trees of Northstar's Lookout Mountain. The Wailer 106 is just deceptively easy to ski. Read the full Long-Term Review HERE.
    • Who is it for? Individuals who aren’t looking to compromise. These skis are on the finesse side of the scale and reward skiers who are neutral on their skis; they do not need to be driven to get the most performance.
    • Who is it not for? 11/10th skiers.
    • Insider tip: Could very well be the best balance of an all-mountain One-Oh-Something ski.

    DPS Wailer Alchemist 106
    Dimensions: 138-106-124
    Radius: Not Published
    Size tested: 186
    Design: All New

    Philpug: (from last year) DPS has great shaped skis, and it creates different constructions for different skiers, which is a novel way to build skis, and a loyal following. The new Alchemist construction is the flagship of DPS’s new builds, and when put in the highly versatile Wailer 106 shape, it has a winner. Where the Alchemist differs from many of the other One Oh Somethings is in its turn shape: the ski feels like it is a 92mm ski with a 15m radius, although the numbers are nowhere near that. It is deceptive, with a nimbleness not found in other skis in this segment.
    • Who is it for? The nonconformist.
    • Who is it not for? Those who make figure 11s; these like to turn.
    • Insider tip: Not merely a Pure4, but a much better ski.


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    DPS Uschi Foundation 82
    Dimensions: 124-82-107
    Radius: 15m
    Sizes: 153, 159, 165, 171
    Size tested: 165
    Design: All New

    Tricia: This is one of the skis that I liked in its previous build and like just as much, if not more, in this current construction. The Uschi 82 turns smoothly, busts through crud, dances in moguls, and holds an edge on those days when you’re not sure what the day is going to deliver. Other than the deepest of powder days, I’m not sure there is anything that the Uschi 82 won’t do for you.
    • Who is it for? An advanced female skier who likes to play in a variety of terrain.
    • Who is it not for? Lower-level intermediates.
    • Insider tip: If you want a ski that is a little more off-piste-oriented, go for the Uschi 87.

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    DPS Uschi Foundation 87
    Dimensions: 127-87-108
    Radius: [email protected]
    Sizes: 157, 165, 171, 178
    Size tested: 165
    Design: All New

    Tricia: Much like its baby sister the Uschi 82, the Uschi 87 is a great all-mountain ski that skis extremely well all over the mountain, busting through crud without a care in the world and making moguls fun. While it doesn’t turn quite as quickly as the Uschi 82, the edge hold won’t let you down when you’re cruising groomers back to the base.
    • Who is it for? Someone looking for a great off-piste ski for the whole mountain.
    • Who is it not for? Someone looking for a crazy carver.
    • Insider tip: If you’re looking for something a little more frontside-oriented, look to the Uschi 82 or Cassiar A79 Alchemist.

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    DPS Zelda Alchemist 106
    Dimensions: 130-106-120
    Radius: [email protected]
    Sizes: 158, 168, 178
    Size tested: 168
    Design: All New

    Tricia: (from last year) DPS is changing its carbon construction line after many years of success with the Pure3 series. The Alchemist construction of the Zelda 106 has a bit more taper in the tip shape, which changes the quickness of a turn but offers more versatility for skinning and seeking backcountry turns. I skied the Zelda 106 Alchemist in a variety of conditions at Whistler, ranging from fluffy cold powder to heavy wet snow and skied-out crud. While it took more effort to initiate a turn in the heavier snow, the lightweight construction was a dream in the fluff and the steep bowls.
    • Who is it for? Someone looking for a lightweight ski with enough float for powder days in the bowls.
    • Who is it not for? Someone looking for a damp ski to ski powder and trees.
    • Insider tip: If you’re looking for a ski like this but want something a little more damp, look to its Foundation counterpart.

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    DPS Zelda Foundation 106
    Dimensions 133-106-122
    Radius: [email protected]
    Sizes: 158, 168, 178
    Size tested: 168
    Design: Carryover

    Tricia: (from last year) With its traditional tip shape and carbon/bamboo/glass core, the DPS Zelda 106 Foundation stands out as a versatile ski with enough float to excel on a powder day and enough shape to make a quick turn when you need to make a split-second decision. The dampness of the construction makes it stable and calm in the choppiest of conditions. I had the chance to ski the Zelda 106 Foundation back to back with other skis in its class, in a variety of conditions, and I always came back with a smile on my face.
    • Who is it for? A skier looking for a narrowish powder ski that will hold up til the day gives out.
    • Who is it not for? Someone looking for an all-mountain ski with a frontside bias.
    • Insider tip: If you’re looking for something a little more backcountry-oriented, look at the Alchemist version of this ski.

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    DPS Yvette Foundation 112
    Dimensions: 135-112-124
    Radius: [email protected]
    Size tested: 158
    Design: Carryover

    SkiNurse: (from last year) I was a bit concerned taking these out in the conditions that day. At 112 mm underfoot, this is considered big for me, but the rep persuaded me to go have fun. I happened to be lucky and pretty much got the rope drop up in the bowl -- i.e., untracked, knee-deep snow -- and these skis just wanted to do big GS powder turns! What a thrill! Not only did they perform in the perfect powder conditions, but they also made tight, effortless on-the-edge turns on the way back to the tent.
    • Who is it for? The skier who loves everything but hard pack and bump runs. You might not ski this often during the season, but you’ll be happy to have it when the time is right.
    • Who is it not for? Racers, bump freaks, and people who don’t like big mountains.
    • Insider tip: If you can afford it, get it.
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