Ski: 2012-2013 Wailer 112RPC, 192cm
Dimensions (mm): 144-115-127
Actual Tip-to-Tail Length (straight tape pull): 190.8cm
Sidecut Radius: 20-23 meters
BLISTER’s Measured Weight Per Ski: 2,004 grams & 1,961 grams
Boots/Bindings: Salomon Falcon Pro CS / Marker Jester Demo (DIN at 10)
Mount Location: Factory recommended line
Test Location: Alta Ski Area
Days skied: 6
We took the DPS Wailer 112RPC down to Las Leñas this past August for the BLISTER summer test trip. I put four days on the ski in a wide variety of conditions and wrote a First Look. While the RPC had some impressive characteristics, it exhibited some very unpredictable and rather irritating “hooking” characteristics, particularly in chopped, variable snow conditions in the steeps.
Turns out, the RPCs we had with us in Las Leñas were railed—the skis’ bases were concave, and their edges less beveled than they should have been. (You can read more about this in the Editor’s Note of the original First Look of the DPS Wailer 112RPC.)
It was impossible to say exactly how much those tune issues affected the ski’s handling. But at the end of the day, my original First Look of the RPC was basically invalidated.
So, back to square one.
I recently put some time on a new pair of RPCs at Alta. This time, the skis were tuned on DPS’s own machines set up by the Alta Peruvian, a BLISTER recommended shop. The tune on these skis is dialed.
You don’t need to reference that initial review; I have borrowed some language from that First Look in cases where my impressions of the ski haven’t changed since Las Leñas.
Preface Part II: Wailer 112RP & Wailer 112RPC
A quick note about the RPC’s lineage:
The DPS Wailer 112RP is an amazingly versatile powder ski, combining great float and maneuverability in soft snow with remarkable edge grip and energy in firmer conditions. If you’re looking for a ski to go from fresh pow laps in the morning to cruising groomers in the afternoon, the Wailer 112RP Pure deserves serious consideration. (Though, really, if you’re interested in the RPC, chances are you already know something about the RP.)
With so much splay in its tip rocker, a fairly forgiving flex, and generous sidecut, some skiers may find that the 112RP isn’t substantial enough to suit a more aggressive style of skiing. DPS picked up on this, and developed the RPC—the C is for “charger.”
At 115mm underfoot, the RPC is slightly wider than the Wailer 112RP, with a longer, progressive 20–23-meter sidecut radius (compared to the 15–18-meter radius of the 112RP).
The splay of the 112RP’s tip and tail rocker is reduced on the RPC, and DPS has also tweaked its “S.S.” core construction, putting three vertically integrated titinal ribs in the RPC (vs. the two in the Wailer 112).
Here’s what DPS has said about the RPC:
• “The RPC is designed to ski more in the fall line with a shallower turn shape. It’s for the charging, directional skier …who wants to put less emphasis on the RP’s hard snow performance and more on its abilities in crud and soft snow.”
• “The RPC gives up some of the 112 RP’s hard snow-carving performance and versatility in exchange for enhanced crud busting and speed through powder.”
• “The RPC will allow skiers to surf powder in the morning, then charge leftovers all day as they sniff out stashes.”
For the most part, DPS is correct with what they have to say about the ski, but I think there are definitely some important details to be fleshed out. Yes, the RPC is absolutely a Wailer 112RP at heart, as it shares some of the same characteristics that helped put the original RP on the map.
However, other unique characteristics make the RPC a decidedly different animal than the RP. Despite the partially adopted name, by no means do I see the RPC simply as a wider 112RP with a longer turning radius (as it might sound like from DPS description), nor as an “ordinary” 115mm-underfoot directional powder ski that’s suitable for just any “charging, directional skier” out there.
The RPC is an impressively engineered, specified tool for skiers looking for a particular feel and set of performance characteristics in their powder board. If the RPC lines up with what you’re looking for, you’ll likely be thrilled—there really isn’t another ski quite like it.
Before I get into the ski’s performance, here’s a word about the tune that was put on these skis for testing. Just like on the 112RP, I’ve come to understand that tuning/detuning on the RPC, perhaps more than other skis, is crucial.
The skis I’ve tested were tuned as follows:
-Fine broken linear structure
-1.5 base, 2 side edge bevels
-Detuned tips and tails just beyond contact points