DPS Pagoda Tour 106 C2 Ski 2020 – 2021 | Review

Exceptionally lightweight, with a bucket load of lively power, the DPS Pagoda Tour 106 C2 is the dream setup for backcountry missions

Why we chose the DPS Pagoda Tour 106 C2: Light, snappy, versatile 

Lengths (cm): 155, 163, 171, 179, 184
Sidecut (mm): 137/106/121 (179 cm)
Radius: 19m (179 cm)
Rocker Profile: Rocker-Camber-Rocker
Weight (per ski): 1,460g
Price: $1,299

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Sitting at a weight of 1,460 grams for a 106 mm waisted ski, the DPS Pagoda Tour 106 C2 rightfully takes its place within the ‘featherweight’ touring skis category. How have the mad scientists over at DPS achieved this? Well, that’ll be thanks to a construction technique that takes its influence from Asian architecture. You heard.

DPS Pagoda Tour 106 C2 Build

As we explained over on our Pagoda Piste 90 RP review, DPS has given their lineup a bit of an overhaul to fit in the all new Pagoda range. The name Pagoda is a reference to Pagoda buildings – common in China, Japan and Korea – that were designed by layering tiers of wooden roofs on top of another.

“The DPS Pagoda Tour 106 C2 rightfully takes its place within the ‘featherweight’ touring skis category”

With that architectural thinking in mind, note that DPS’ Pagoda construction features two layers of wooden cores. This is unlike traditional ski builds that rely on a single core. The two cores here have been designed with opposing grains, giving the ski a decent amount of both torsional and longitudinal stiffness.

For this ‘Tour’ version of the Pagoda build, DPS have laminated strips of Paulownia with aerospace foam (similar to the old Tour1 construction) to ensure weight is kept to a minimum, while the top horizontally laminated layer consists of Ash. The Tour1 construction created a range of extremely capable skis at a very low weight, so we could see this beefed up version of Tour1 handling things very well indeed.

Being a DPS ski, this wooden core is sandwiched between two sheets of pre-preg carbon that have undergone years of R&D refinement. Although the use of carbon in skis can sometimes create a twitchy and hollow feel to the ski, we’ve been impressed with the balance between responsiveness and dampening that DPS have managed to strike with their carbon layups.

Something we were most surprised to see from a build of this weight is the use of full sidewalls surrounding the full length of the ski. Full sidewalls further ramp up the torsional rigidity of the ski and help to keep the ski durable. This is usually reserved for skis pushing the 1,800 gram mark, let alone a sub-1,500 gram ski.

“An extremely lightweight setup that’ll rocket you up the skin tracks”

DPS Pagoda Tour 106 C2 Shaping

DPS’ ‘C2’ shaping represents shaping that favours a longer effective edge, larger sidecut and more subtle rocker, compared to its heavily rockered ‘RP’ cousin. This can be seen in the Pagoda Tour 106 C2’s shaping: featuring very slight tip and tail rocker and just a hint of tapering both in the tips and tails.

This results in a ski with varying radius along the length of its sidecut. Similar to Volkl’s 3 Radius technology found on the Katana and Revolt 104, varying radii along the length of the sidecut create a ski that’s happy to perform short turns at slow speeds, but which will also remain stable when you do open the throttle and arc some high-speed longs.

Who Is The DPS Pagoda Tour 106 C2 For?

Given the lack of weight, and highly responsive ride of the Pagoda Tour 106 C2, these aren’t going to be a pair of planks that you’d want to reach for when doing some high-speed resort bashing. The snappy carbon build is going to thrive in the hands of those who love to work for every turn. 

Paired with a lightweight tech binding, like the Plum Pika, you’re going to be left with an extremely lightweight setup that’ll rocket you up the skin tracks. Thanks to the 106 width, unique construction, and versatile shaping you’ll be rewarded with a ski that’ll be more than capable of taking on all but the iciest conditions in the backcountry.

What Is The DPS Pagoda Tour 106 C2 Good At?

Touring: 9/10
Powder: 8/10
Hard Pack: 7/10

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