The DPS Alchemist Wailer 100 RP is the little brother of the Alchemist Wailer 112 RP I have been skiing for the last two seasons. I was looking for a match for a pair of Scarpa F1 LT boots (review in the works) for a lightweight touring set up, and I was also keen to have a spare pair of resorts skis. Lucky for me, my beefy downhill focused boots—Dynafit Vulcans—have virtually the same BSL as the Scarpa F1 LTs. Both resort and touring boots work with the same ski. Mission accomplished.
The 100s are the skinniest men's skis we have reviewed from DPS. If you are keen to read a review of the Yvette 100 women's skis we put together, click on over here. If you'd like to read other reviews we have done of DPS skis, check out our thoughts on the Wailer 112 in a Pure3 carbon version, or the uber light DPS Wailer 112 Tour1s. On the more portly side of the scale, check out the Lotus 120 or the Lotus 124 Tour1s. For the same ski but in a different size, look to our review of the Alchemist Wailer 112.
I have always been a sucker for DPS' simple design style and primary colouring. The 100s are pretty much indistinguishable from the 112s. The 100s are just, you guessed it, 12 mm less wide underfoot. I have the skis paired with Dynafit Speed Radicals, my binder of preference for just about anything. Click on the arrow in the orange bar below to get more deets.
New in last year's model is the slightly raised mounting surface underfoot. This likely makes for a bomber binding-to-ski connection.
There's more branding on the bottom of these skis than on the top. Works for me when I huck my meat over huge gaps and I want everyone below to know what kind of skis I am riding ;o)
DPS positions this as a killer resort ski that doubles as a great touring ski—unless the powder is super deep. I would build on this idea and say that the ski is good in deep pow, too. Because of the 5-point side cut and hefty shovel, the 100s get you up on a plane pretty quick.
Many 110+ underfoot skis tend to bring you up on the surface fast and keep you there.
The 100 tend to ride a little deeper in the snow because there is less flotation. Remember how skinny skis used to be, and how we loved them anyway? The 100s float a little less and may produce more faceshots—what's not to love about that.
In terms of how the ski performs at the resort, early impressions are positive. Groomers are a blast and hard pack is easy to handle. Because the 100 drops a quarter lb. on each ski (compared to the 112s), the swingweight feels a lot less. This comes into play skiing tight trees and when setting an uptrack in the backcountry (switchbacks are a breeze).
My desire was for this ski to have most all of the same properties as the Wailer 112 in a smaller, lighter ski. So far, so very good. I am not an aggressive skier, I prefer a light touch and the Wailer 100s work with my style. Because the 100s are less wide underfoot that the 112s, they are also easier to get up on an edge. They may even help my knees from exploding for a little longer.
The PHANTOM Permanent Waxless Glide treatment gets three thumbs up. After a season-long test—with another pair of skis—I was impressed with remarkable glide in all conditions. I am confident that my experience will be the same this season. HOT TIP: If you are buying direct from DPS, ask them to apply the Phantom Base Glide at the factory. It means your skis will be good to go when they arrive.
Skis:$1399CAN / $1299 US
Phantom Waxless Baseglide: $119.99CAN / $99 US
Lengths: 171, 179, 184, 189cm
Turn Radius: 15-18m (184cm)
Weight: 1805g / 3.23lb (per ski)
|Powder Performance 2/2
Groomer Performance 2/2
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