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:
• 2013-2014 RPC Pure3: 2,057 grams & 2,037 grams
• 2012-2013 RPC Pure: 2,004 grams & 1,961 grams
Boots/Bindings: Atomic Redster Pro 130 / Marker Jester (DIN at 10)
Mount Location: Factory recommended line
Days skied: 7 on the 13/14 RPC Pure3; 7 days on the 12/13 RPC
[Editor’s Note: Our review was conducted on the 13/14 112RPC Pure3, which was not changed for 14/15 or 15/16, except for the graphics.]
Will Brown has already done a nice job assessing the 12/13 DPS Wailer 112RPC, and since I agree with him on all points, I would encourage you to read his review first.
My aims here are to (1) comment on the 12/13 RPC vs. the 13/14 RPC Pure 3 (which incorporates DPS’s new “Pure3 construction”), (2) flesh out what I’ve found to be the strengths and weaknesses of the RPC, and (3) explain who is most likely to enjoy it.
The New Pure3 RPC vs. RPC 1.0
DPS took their prepreg carbon construction and tweaked it with “perimeter weighting”—tip spacers to the tips and tails—and a new laminate to make their skis “more powerful, damper, and more refined.”
I’ve found the new Pure3 construction of the RPC to be a fairly subtle but notable improvement over the original RPC.
In deep untracked, I felt that the Pure3 RPC did a better job than the 12/13 RPC of smoothing out transitions between varying snow densities—e.g., moving from sections of dry, light blower in the shade to patches of thicker, wetter snow in the sun.
The difference here between the 12/13 RPC construction and the new RPC Pure3 construction isn’t huge, but I’d still definitely opt for the Pure3 version.
The Pure3 RPC also handles soft chop better than the original RPC. By my second run down Alta’s Ballroom, I was skiing the Pure3 with more confidence than I had after a number of days on the first RPC.
But it’s important to be clear about the terrain and the conditions here: Ballroom has a pretty mellow pitch as you start on the traverse from the Collins lift, then gets a bit more steep and techy the farther skier’s left you head: you can get into mini-spines, gullies, and trees over more abrupt pitch changes.
In pretty soft, tracked, and bumped-up conditions, I had no hesitation letting the RPCs fly. Pop the tops of bumps, land down the fall line, keep nuking through the runout. Fun.
As the pitch steepened, however, or bigger bumps or obstacles (trees) came into my path—essentially terrain where I wasn’t willing to simply let these go—the RPCs weren’t easy to shut down speed, and doing so could still be pretty jarring. And as Will noted, given that, I generally found myself unwilling to let the RPCs run in inconsistent conditions.
But I think this actually has a lot less to do with the Pure3 construction per se and a lot more to do with the stiffness of the RPC, version 1.0 and 2.0.
I’ll say more about this below, but Will and I both found that the farther removed we got from untracked, consistent pow (where the RPC is amazing), or consistent groomers (where the RPC is great), the ski was too light and too stiff to be comfortable at speed.
So, yes, I found the Pure3 construction to be a subtle but noticeable improvement, and that it did improve the ride of the RPC in chopped, bumped-up conditions and in varying snow densities. But when talking about the RPC Pure3, it’s important to also discuss those big three letters:
R P C
All of them are important, two of them are somewhat controversial and in need of clarification, and one of them ought not to be overlooked. I’ll begin with the middle one.
“P” is for Pow
The most important thing I can say about the RPC is that it is a POW ski.
Many of us have become accustomed to skiing ~115mm-waisted skis whether or not there is any fresh snow. But this is not one of those skis. In the case of the RPC, if you disregard that “P” and head off to the mountain when there isn’t any, Will and I both feel that you could likely be using a better tool for the job.
The RPC is a pow ski, and a very good one. The RPC loves untracked snow. It is at home in it, and you will have fun in it on the RPC.
In pow, of everything I’ve skied in the past three seasons, the RPC reminded me the most of the very fun, surfy AK JJ (and you can see what I thought of the AK JJ in untracked pow). But the RPC is more directional than the AK JJ, and I have had no issues with tip dive on the RPC.