March 15, 2017
DPS Yvette 112 Foundation Skis
I’m not usually a pink person. In fact, nothing in my kit has even a hint of pink. So, when I decided to buy the DPS Yvette 112 Foundations I had some hesitations (hint: they’re pink and yellow), but I hoped their performance would make up for their girly demeanor. My first day riding them Mammoth had just received 17” of good ol’ Sierra Cement. As I descended the mountain I had to avoid the ever-growing minefield of skiers and boarders wallowing around in the quicksand-like snow. It was no hard task as these skis were some of the most responsive skis I had ever experienced. The amount of control they give you in more than a foot of untouched snow is unparalleled. The DPS Yvettes are so effortless to ski off-piste and in the trees, you would think that’s all they’re good for. You, my friend, would be wrong. The size and shape are easily maneuverable in the thick powder as well as any other snow you can find. When we were on Mt. Baldy Ski Lifts in Southern California for our avalanche course, we endured howling winds, ice-blown crud, and sunbaked mashed potatoes. If you have ever skied to the parking lot from the top of Mt Baldy, you understand when I say you can take these skis anywhere. To my great satisfaction, not once did the Yvettes disappoint… aaaaaand the pink is growing on me. I really look forward to the rest of this record-breaking season with my strawberry-lemonade Dope Powder Skis underfoot.
Review by Tess
DPS Wailer F112 Foundation Ski
There are so many different skis on the market these days, and “fat” skis seem to be what everyone wants to ride…regardless of the conditions. I recently spoke with a guy who says his 114mm underfoot skis are his “Daily Drivers” and I couldn’t help myself but let out a small chuckle. I had thought anything over 105 mm underfoot was just too difficult to ski in conditions not requiring a snorkel while you ski. That all changed when I got on the DPS Wailer 112s. I had always seen the famous DPS skis around Colorado and Utah resorts, and thought to myself: DPS must stand for Dope Powder Skis and got concerned when the conditions at Mt. Baldy Ski Lifts in Southern California were less than ideal for powder skis.
Believe it or not but the DPS Wailers will ski well in any conditions. There was enough camber underfoot to have control when navigating steep, hardpack slopes and in the afternoon, they handled great in the corn and mashed potatoes. I never felt like I got hung up in my turns even in the morning hard pack, and the bases held up as well; I definitely hit a few rocks and nothing went all they way to the core. I toured with them for about a half mile with BD Ascension Skins and had no problem breaking through the morning crud with all the weight. I would not recommend these as someone’s primary backcountry touring ski, too heavy for long approaches. (See the DPS Tour 1 review for a great backcountry ski) The added weight is great for resort skiers, I was able to ski these at Mammoth after their 20ft storm and these were the best powder skis I may have ever skied. Their damper is great for big lines and high speeds and they handled great on soft packed groomers.
In conclusion these skis are a great resort powder set-up and would be ideal for lift accessed backcountry, or short approaches. They handle every snow type from morning hardpack to spring corn. The DPS are a staple in every skier’s quiver.
Review by Justin
DPS Wailer 106 Tour 1 Skis
These things float. Seriously. It’s effortless. I couldn’t be more content with these skis. I got them as backcountry skis, and although I haven’t yet had the chance to do a full day skinning with them, I can already attest to how amazing they are. A little sidecountry hiking to find some untracked powder, and I’ve never had as much fun skiing. Turns link themselves, they stop on a dime, and they work in nearly any condition, crust to dust. Both skis with bindings are lighter than one of my resort skis without bindings. And despite their lightweight carbon construction, the Wailers don’t shy away from taking a beating. With hidden rocks, buried roots, and the occasional accidental friend skiing over my top sheet, these things have already seen their fair share of abuse (and they have the core shots to prove it). But with the amount of damage they have seen is not proportional to the crud they have put up with- they are astonishing.
Review by Tucker