2019-2020 DPS Alchemist Wailer 106 C2

Ski: 2019-2020 DPS Alchemist Wailer 106 C2, 189 cm

Available Lengths: 171, 179, 184, 189 cm

Blister’s Measured Tip-to-Tail Length: 187.7 cm

Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 2097 & 2113 grams

Stated Dimensions: 139-106-123 mm

Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 139.0-106.0-122.3 mm

Stated Sidecut Radius (all lengths): 19 meters

Measured Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 61 mm / 37 mm

Measured Traditional Camber Underfoot: ~3 mm

Core: Aspen + Prepreg Carbon Fiber Laminate

Base: Sintered Race Base

Factory Recommended Mount Point: -11.25 cm from center; 82.6 cm from tail

Blister reviews the DPS Alchemist Wailer 106 C2
DPS Alchemist Wailer 106 C2
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Review Navigation:  Specs //  First Look //  Bottom Line //  Rocker Pics

Intro

Last year Paul Forward reviewed DPS’s Wailer 106 in their Alchemist construction. He came away with pretty positive impressions, saying “For those who enjoy a carved turn whenever possible, it handles crud and chop as well or better than any ski in its weight class, and it has a very low swing weight that makes it feel quick and lively in tight spots.”

For 19/20, DPS is tweaking their mid-fat all-mountain ski, but what exactly did they change?

What DPS says about the Wailer A106 C2

“The all-mountain classic is reborn with a fresh C2 Chassis. We have worked hard in the lab and on mountain to fine-tune optimum geometric ratios for sidecut and flex pattern, and the newly minted 106 reflects the most current blend of smoothness, balance, and power; in an all-mountain, everyday shape designed for mixed snow conditions.”

I think that last line has some of the key phrases: “smoothness, balance, and power” and “everyday shape designed for mixed snow conditions.” Our experience on the 18/19 Wailer A106 seems to line up with that description, but what’s all this talk about optimizing “geometric ratios for sidecut and flex pattern?”

We asked DPS to shed some light on what’s new with the 19/20 Wailer A106 C2, and they said “the tip shape is noticeably different to provide better float in pow and the flex profile was slightly tweaked to provide a smoother, more predictable overall feel with increased energy transfer between turns.”

The 18/19 Wailer A106 didn’t really stand out when it came to flotation in powder, but it did do a great job of creating lots of energy between turns, so it’ll be interesting to see if the new ski is both more energetic and floats better in fresh snow.

Shape / Rocker Profile

As we just noted, DPS tweaked the shape of the Wailer A106 for 19/20. The changes are pretty subtle, but the main difference seems to be that the 19/20 Wailer A106 C2 now has slightly longer and straighter taper lines, most notably in the tip.

The 18/19 Wailer A106 didn’t have much tip taper (especially compared to other DPS skis), but its tips and tails did taper to a point. The 19/20 Wailer A106 C2 looks like it has a bit more surface area in its tips and tails due to its straighter taper lines, which could lead to improved flotation. It’s also worth noting that our pair of the 189 cm 19/20 Wailer A106 C2 has slightly narrower tips and tails compared to our pair of the 189 cm 18/19 Wailer A106.

Overall, the new Wailer A106 C2’s shape is on the slightly “more tapered” end of the spectrum, now looking more similar to skis like the Salomon QST 106 and RMU North Shore 108 than it does to more traditionally shaped skis like the Blizzard Cochise, Black Crows Corvus, Icelantic Nomad 105, etc.

The new Wailer A106 C2’s rocker profile looks almost identical to the previous version’s, with the only discernable difference being that the new ski has slightly higher tip and tail splay. The 19/20 ski has 61 mm of tip splay and 37 mm of tail splay while the previous ski had 56 mm of tip splay and 27 mm of tail splay.

The Wailer A106 C2’s rocker profile is pretty standard for a modern 106mm-wide ski. There are some skis with more rocker and others with less, but there’s nothing particularly wild / odd / weird about the Wailer A106 C2’s rocker profile.

Flex Pattern

Here’s how we’d characterize the flex pattern of the 189 cm Wailer A106 C2:

Tips: 9
Shovels: 8.5-9
In Front of Toe Piece: 9-9.5
Underfoot: 10
Behind the Heel Piece: 9.5-9
Tails: 9

The 189 cm 18/19 Wailer A106 was a very strong ski, and so is the 19/20 Wailer A106 C2. The new Wailer A106 C2 is very stiff through its entire length, with no portion of the ski being close to what we’d call “soft.”

The 189 cm Wailer A106 C2’s flex pattern is pretty similar to the Prior Husume, Fischer Ranger 107Ti, Folsom Hammer, and DPS Wailer A110 C2 — all of which are very stout skis.

As we noted in our review of the 18/19 Wailer A106, we’re not confident that it’s safe to assume that all of the shorter lengths of the Wailer A106 C2 are as stiff as the 189 cm version, but all of the longer Alchemist-construction DPS skis we’ve reviewed have been quite stiff.

Weight

While not as light as their old “Pure” carbon constructions, DPS’s Alchemist-construction skis are still pretty light. The new Wailer A106 C2 is coming in a bit heavier than the 18/19 version, but it’s definitely not super heavy.

The 19/20 Wailer A106 C2 is a bit heavier than skis like the Elan Ripstick 106, Line Sick Day 104, Rossignol Soul 7 HD, etc., but it’s not nearly as heavy as metal-laminate skis like the Nordica Enforcer 104 Free, Blizzard Cochise, and J Skis Metal.

For reference, here are a number of our measured weights (per ski in grams) for some notable skis. Keep in mind the length differences to try to keep things apples-to-apples.

1605 & 1630 Line Vision 108, 183 cm (19/20)
1642 & 1651 Renoun Citadel 106, 185 cm, (18/19)
1806 & 1862 Armada Tracer 108, 180 cm (19/20)
1828 & 1842 Elan Ripstick 106 Black Edition, 188 cm (19/20)
1848 & 1903 Line Sick Day 104, 186 cm (17/18–19/20)
1849 & 1922 Elan Ripstick 106, 188 cm (17/18–19/20)
1913 & 1943 Sego Condor Ti, 187 cm (18/19)
1950 & 1977 Blizzard Rustler 10, 188 cm (17/18–18/19)
1996 & 2012 Dynastar Legend X106, 188 cm (17/18–19/20)
2005 & 2035 Liberty Origin 106, 187 cm (19/20)
2013 & 2013 Moment Commander 108, 188 cm (18/19)
2018 & 2045 RMU North Shore 108, 185 cm (18/19–19/20)
2022 & 2047 Faction Dictator 3.0, 186 cm (17/18–18/19)
2026 & 2056 Black Diamond Boundary Pro 107, 184 cm (17/18–18/19)
2030 & 2039 Rossignol Soul 7 HD, 188 cm (17/18–19/20)
2036 & 2064 Salomon QST 106, 188 cm (18/19)
2046 & 2120 Black Crows Corvus, 188 cm (18/19–19/20)
2096 & 2100 Salomon QST 106, 181 cm (19/20)
2097 & 2113 DPS Alchemist Wailer 106, 189 cm (19/20)
2112 & 2125 4FRNT MSP 107, 187 cm (18/19–19/20)
2113 & 2121 Moment Meridian 107, 187 cm (16/17–19/20)
2133 & 2134 Faction Prodigy 3.0, 183 cm (18/19–19/20)
2143 & 2194 ON3P Wrenegade 108, 184 cm (18/19–19/20)
2165 & 2211 K2 Mindbender 108Ti, 186 cm (19/20)
2165 & 2219 Icelantic Nomad 105, 191 cm (19/20)
2182 & 2218 Nordica Enforcer 110, 185 cm (17/18–19/20)
2188 & 2190 Prior Northwest 110, 190 cm (19/20)
2190 & 2268 Armada ARV 106Ti LTD, 188 cm (18/19–19/20)
2232 & 2244 ON3P Woodsman 108, 187 cm (19/20)
2233 & 2255 Nordica Enforcer 104 Free, 186 cm (19/20)
2250 & 2307 Argent Badger, 184 cm (19/20)
2283 & 2290 ON3P Wrenegade 108, 189 cm (18/19–19/20)
2312 & 2386 Prior Husume, 188 cm (17/18–19/20)
2318 & 2341 J Skis The Metal, 186 cm (16/17–18/19)
2371 & 2374 Folsom Primary — Hammer Edition, 188 cm (18/19–19/20)
2376 & 2393 Blizzard Cochise, 185 cm (15/16–19/20)

Bottom Line (For Now)

The updated DPS Alchemist Wailer 106 C2 isn’t drastically different compared to the previous version — it’s still very strong, has a moderate amount of rocker, and sits around the middle of the spectrum when it comes to weight. But the new ski’s shape looks like it could make it a bit more maneuverable and less carving-oriented, and we’ll soon be posting updates regarding its on-snow performance.

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2 comments on “2019-2020 DPS Alchemist Wailer 106 C2”

  1. I’ve not skied the 18/19 version, but it had so many attributes that interested me – and this 19/20 version seems to address many of the characteristics/shape modifications I prize in all mtn. freeride ski. So when will the test and review be coming out? I bought the Lotus 124 Alc. in a 191cm. and I absolutely love it! A 189 cm. Wailer 106 may be the perfect companion to this powder weapon when the conditions get skied out and chop and crud predominate.
    Thanks,
    DHJ

    • We’ll be talking about the new Wailer A106 in our upcoming 19/20 Winter Buyer’s Guide (which will come out in the next month), and then the full review will most likely be dropping around December as we want some more time A/B-ing the new A106 against the previous A106 so that we can talk about the differences in our long-form, full review.

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