DPS Pagoda 100 RP All-Mountain Ski 2021 – 2022 | Review

DPS bring their Pagoda power to this lively all-mountain machine

Why we chose the DPS Pagoda 100 RP: Lively, versatile, innovative 

Lengths (cm): 155, 165, 171, 179, 184 & 189
Sidecut (mm): 135 / 100 / 118 (190 cm)
Radius: 15m (189 cm)
Rocker Profile: Rocker-Camber-Rocker
Weight (per ski): 1,805g
Price: £1,299 / €1,299 / $1,299

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We were first introduced to DPS’ premium Pagoda construction after checking out the DPS Pagoda Tour 106 C2. When this unique construction was applied to a touring ski, it created an exceptionally lightweight build with equally impressive levels of power and dampening. Now for winter 2022, we’ve got our mitts on the new Pagoda 100 RP.

It’s pretty similar to the Pagoda Tour of last year, but DPS has gone and juiced the build up to the eyeballs to create an extremely powerful all-mountain ski.

This Pagoda 100 RP sits at the heart of DPS’ Pagoda range of skis (which, by the way, ranges from 94 all the way up to 124 mm), offering a shape that brings bucket loads of versatility across the mountain. But let’s dive into the main reason that leaves us drooling over many DPS skis: the build.

DPS Pagoda 100 RP Build

DPS’ Pagoda construction puts the woodcore at the heart of its build. Typical ski builds utilise a single wooden core with multiple strips of wood laminated together vertically to create a single layer core. This, however, isn’t the case with Pagoda. By adding a second wooden layer (that’s been laminated horizontally) that sits on top of the vertically laminated core, DPS have have been able to utilise the disparate densities of the wood species to vastly improve the damping of the ski while retaining the lively energy of the carbon fibre.

In the case of the Pagoda 100 RP, DPS has gone for a top layer of Ash, with a lower core dually formed of Aspen and Paulownia. Then, as we’ve come to expect from the kings of carbon, DPS have sandwiched this core technology with two finely tuned pre-preg carbon laminates – all wrapped up in a powerful full sidewall construction. After a powerful build? You’ve got it right here.

DPS Pagoda 100 RP Shaping

Being a DPS ski, you’ve also got a shaping profile that matches this snappy build. Carrying the ‘RP’ moniker, the Pagoda 100 RP has been built with playful skiing in mind. This has been achieved through tapering, both in the tips and tails, and pressing a good deal of rocker at either end of the ski. This shape is very similar to that of the DPS Wailer 112 RP we tested a few years ago, just in more of an all-mountain package.

“After a powerful build? You’ve got it right here”

The short radius of 15 m, in combination with the large amounts of rocker, creates a ski that is nimble and intuitive to turn. It’s floaty and manoeuvrable, making it a joy in fresh powder tree runs, yet is also just as home making short turns on hardpack and groomers.

Who Is The DPS Pagoda 100 RP For?

Yeah, at $1,299, these things are expensive enough to consider applying for a mortgage. But if you put emphasis on extremely well-made skis, crafted with cutting-edge materials, then the DPS Pagoda 100 RP is certainly worth getting on your feet for a demo. This blend of dampening, playfulness and precision is pretty damn hard to beat within this 100 mm waisted all-mountain ski category.

What Is The DPS Pagoda 100 RP Good At?

Versatility: 8/10
Power: 9/10
Hard Snow: 8/10

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