9 comments on “2016-2017 DPS Cassiar 85 Hybrid T2”

  1. Hi Julia, thanks for the review!
    I’m looking for a Ski to improve my carving skills that’s still fun all around the mountain. The Cassiar looks pretty much like the one for me. I’m just a bit afraid of the weight of the T2 version as I tried the Dynastar Powertrack 89 and they were a bit too heavy (and/or stiff) for my taste, felt a bit “clumsy”. As it is almost impossible to demo any DPS Ski here in Europe, I’d love to hear your thoughts on how heavy the Cassiar actually feel. Bests from Germany and keep up the great work!

    • Hi Wayan,

      Thanks for reading! I haven’t skied the Powertrack 89 yet, but felt that the Cassiar was pretty light. It looks like they have a pretty similar weight, but the Cassiar felt quick and playful to me. Occasionally, they were a bit slower in tighter moguls, but overall they seemed light, despite their 178cm length – which is on the longer side for me. I think the Cassiar 85 is a fun and responsive carver, that does well all around the mountain, so seems really good for what you’re looking for. I never had the feeling that it was heavy or cumbersome. If you’re really concerned, I think it would be great to see if you can demo them, if possible. That place in Val D’Isere sounds promising! Let me know if you have any other questions.


      • Hi Julia, thanks for your reply!

        After spending almost two weeks testing skis in Summit County in January, I do know exactly what I’m looking for: Skiing without testing.

        So thanks again for your efforts doing this great site. It helped me a lot to pigeonhole different skies and determine what I like or dislike about them. Couldn’t find any Cassiar for testing but tried the X-Drive 8.8 (i.e. too stiff for me), the Mantra, Supernatural 92 (kinda liked those), K2 AMP Rictor 90, Powertrack 89 just to name a few. Even tested some in different length, all 170-179cm. At some point, I had to make notes not to get lost. Testing was quite fun but I’m really, really looking forward to spend my next visit just skiing. And I can’t wait to retire my almost 10 years old Nordica “Speedmachine” and ride the Cassiar I just ordered.

        Keep up the great work! All the best from rainy Hamburg, Germany,

  2. Hi wayan, the powder works in val d’isere has various types of dps skis in for hire/buy. A days hire was €30.

    Not sure what models they had though. Theres also a place in chamonix that does try before you buy as well

    • Hi James,

      I never did experience that, but that doesn’t sound good! Could it be your tune? What sort of conditions was that happening in?

      • HI Julia

        Could be my technique (dodgy right knee) as it tended to be the right one tucking under the left, but would happen on groomed runs. I couldn’t feel it until the turn.

        The tune was both factory and ‘own’ sharpening (to factory settings).

        Ill probably put a review up on epic ski of how I found them (somebody else has also reviewed them), as well as sending it to DPS as I offered to give feedback and they said yes (feel like a pro now lol). Will link it up on here either case.

        May try and get another week on them this season and see.

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