DPS Pagoda Piste 90 RP Ski 2020 – 2021 | Review

In an all-new range from DPS Skis, the Pagoda Piste 90 RP blends piste performance with 3D snow versatility

Why we chose the DPS Pagoda Piste 90 RP: Precise, energetic, damp 

Lengths (cm): 152, 157, 165, 171, 179, 184
Sidecut (mm): 120/90/107 (184 cm)
Radius: 15m (184 cm)
Rocker Profile: Rocker-Camber-Rocker
Weight (per ski): 2,000g
Price: $1,299

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If you can count on one brand to be consistently pushing the envelope of ski design, it’s Utah–based DPS skis. Ever since their founding in 2005, they’ve been an early pioneer of using carbon to create lightweight yet responsive skis.

We featured both their Tour1 and Alchemist builds in last year’s backcountry ski guide, and new for this year is DPS’s Pagoda construction. Pagoda replaces all the Tour1 skis, as well as the narrower offering of Alchemist skis. Split up within the Pagoda range are Piste and Tour models that are suited towards high speed trench laying, or backcountry cruising; exactly as their names would suggest. 

“As you’d expect from DPS, a bucket load of design and R&D has been pumped into this new construction”

DPS Pagoda Piste 90 RP Build

As you’d expect from DPS, a bucket load of design and R&D has been pumped into this new construction. Building on their experience of creating some of the finest carbon skis out there, the Pagoda construction is based entirely around a carbon laminate sandwich construction (that’s two sheets of carbon sitting above and below the wooden core).

What’s most exciting about this construction is the unique way the core has been created. Typical wooden ski cores use a single layer of wood, usually featuring strips laminated side by side to create one layer.

In the case of the new Pagoda construction, DPS has added a second wooden layer that’s been laminated horizontally to sit on top of the vertically laminated core – in an effort to increase torsional stiffness. The name Pagoda is in reference to Pagoda buildings – common in China, Japan and Korea – which were built by layering tiers of wooden roofs on top of another.

In terms of the Pagoda Piste construction, the Pagoda Piste 90 RP has a bottom layer consisting of Ash with an Aspen layer sitting above. This combination, DPS claims, creates a “supremely damp and stable platform”.

Putting wood core geekery to one side, the Pagoda Piste 90 RP is also packing two finely tuned pre-preg carbon laminates that sit above and below the core (and, of course, a full one piece sidewall). This adds up to give the extremely responsive and energetic ski a weight of 2,000 grams.

Pagoda Piste 90 RP Shaping

Carrying the ‘RP’ handle (RP standing for Resort Powder),  you know that this ski is going to feature a fair bit of tapering and rocker. This is most visible in the tip rocker, where long and pronounced rocker has been used in order to give the ski manoeuvrability in the soft stuff.

Being an RP ski, the Pagoda Piste 90 also features tapered tips and tails that give the ski its radius of 15 metres. Combine this with the 5 mm of camber pressed into the Pagoda and you’ve got yourself a pair of planks that beg to be carved hard across the mountain.

Who Is The Pagoda Piste 90 RP For?

With DPS typically designing skis catered for the North American market (wide, with heavy rocker and tapering), it’s great to see them turn their attention to detail approach towards an all-mountain build that thrives on hard snow (typical European conditions).

You’re particularly going to get on with the DPS Pagoda Piste 90 RP if you’re all about the technology that goes into the construction of your skis. As with all DPS skis, the carbon construction here favours a capable skier who’s able to arc the double carbon laminates in order to create snappy and responsive energy transfer.

What Is The Pagoda Piste 90 RP Good At?

Carving: 7/10
Soft Snow: 7/10
Response: 8/10

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