Lengths (cm): 168, 178, 184 & 189
Sidecut (mm): 141 / 112 / 128
Rocker Profile: Rocker-Camber-Rocker
Camber Underfoot: 2mm
Weight (per ski): 2080g
Why we chose the DPS Alchemist Wailer 112: Loose and surfy soft snow performance.
We’ve spoken about the history of the DPS brand in our Wailer 106 Tour 1 review, so give that a read if you’d like to learn the history of this independent ski company.
Taking their experience of creating the now legendary Lotus series of skis, DPS released the Wailer series in 2010. It was the Wailer 112RP that looked to bring the “loose” soft snow performance of the Lotus series into a more resort-friendly offering.
This was achieved through a toned down shape (compared to the Lotus 138) that blended rocker with an aggressive sidecut and camber underfoot. This was done in an effort to create a ski that could ski all conditions in the resort, from fresh stuff in the morning to chopped up crud in the afternoon.
“Taking their experience of creating the now legendary Lotus series of skis, DPS released the Wailer series in 2010”
This extremely progressive design was combined with a groundbreaking construction that utilised two sheets of carbon fibre laminates sandwiched between the wooden core. It was this sandwich construction that stripped weight and stiffened up the ski remarkably – particularly given its weight.
The 2010 Wailer 112RP soon gained a cult following amongst the backcountry scene (I was one of them myself). But the extremely lightweight, yet stiff, design started to (quite literally) rattle some skiers.
Stripping weight and increasing the stiffness of a ski (particularly a wide powder focused ski) will inevitably make it challenging when things get a little more chopped up. Many expressed a dislike toward the Wailer 112RP due to its twitchy and hooky characteristics – this wasn’t just limited to DPS’ carbon offerings though – anyone that has skied a carbon ski will understand the issues with ‘chatter’ when riding over any firm terrain.