Exclusive First Look: 2012-2013 DPS Wailer 112RPC

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DPS Wailer 112RPC, Blister Gear Review
DPS Wailer 112RPC, 192cm

 

 

DPS Wailer 112RPC, Blister Gear Review
DPS Wailer 112RPC

 

 

DPS Wailer 112RPC, Blister Gear Review
DPS Wailer 112RPC – Tip Profile

 

 

DPS Wailer 112RPC, Blister Gear Review
DPS Wailer 112RPC – Tail Profile

 

 

DPS Wailer 112 RPC, Blister Gear Review
DPS Wailer 112RPC – Topsheets

 

 

DPS Wailer 112RPC, Blister Gear Review
DPS Wailer 112RPC – Bases

 

6 comments on “Exclusive First Look: 2012-2013 DPS Wailer 112RPC”

  1. I can’t help but feeling that you guys are biased toward DPS after reading this review. If Rossi or Armada or someone made a “charging” ski with the same problems you guys would eviscerate it and rightly so. As for the ski being aggressive compared to the normal 112rp, so what? Charger means charger, not slightly faster than a noddle pow ski.

    • Hi, Mike – I stand by every sentence of Will’s review. We make perfectly clear what our initial expectations were, then we evaluated exactly what DPS claims they were trying to do with the RPC, then we point out that this is no Katana or Belafonte, and that – actually – DPS never claimed it was.

      If DPS HAD said that the RPC flat out rages, then yes, we absolutely would have called them out.

      You might not feel that anybody wants or needs a more aggressive 112, but that’s what DPS decided to build, and this is our honest first assessment of what they came up with.

      • That’s cool. I guess I have a problem with DPS’s markeitng then. Sounds like they should have called it the 112RPSSS (Slightly Stiffer Ski) cause like I said charger means charger.

  2. MikeP: I disagree. DPS can call the ski whatever they want. Get over the name and compare the ski to others of its class—lightweight, pintailed, tapered skis. Even disregarding the 20-23 m turn radius, there’s simply no way an 8.8# ski can compete with Katana or Belefonte. That’s like complaining that a 1600 g AT boot doesn’t ski as well as a plug boot.

    Just like the Dynafit Vulcan ski boot, this ski appears like it’s aimed for the hard-charging touring crowd. Light enough that one can do 8K vert and still charge on the way down. And I fully support DPS’s quest for such a ski.

    Jonathan/Will: I’d love to see direct comparisons to the DPS L120, PM Gear 191 Fat (full carbon version), ON3P BillyGoat Tour, Praxis WooTest, etc. The problem with this category of skis is that it’s very hard to find reviews from people who have been on more than one of them. Few people have the cash to drop $1000-$1200 on multiple pair of carbon skis just to see how different they are.

    Also, rocker profile pics please?

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