DPS continues to impress with their new Pagoda Tour 112RP Skis. With generous rocker upfront, camber underfoot and more rocker in the rear, you get unprecedented float and pop from these super light skis that are designed to crush vertical. This is DPS’s second Gear of the Year Award and we’re sure it won’t be their last. Bravo DPS.
The Backcountry Skiing Canada Team.
DPS continues to evolve with their introduction of the Pagoda and Pagoda Tour constructions. We've been working with the DPS folks on ski reviews for a decade now, and this enables us to have a good idea about how the various touring skis have changed (we think for the better).
If you'd like to check out some of the other DPS planks we've skied on, here is a sampling: Wailer 112 Pure3, Alchemist Yvette 100, Tour1 Lotus 124. To see our review of the Wailer 112 Tour1, the ski that is perhaps the closest to the Pagoda Tour 112PR we'll be looking at today, exercise that click finger and hit this.
Here's the ski in all its understated glory. I have them paired up with Dynafit radical bindings, making for a light-weight, high-power, deep-powder set-up. Yeehaw.
DPS is a small manufacturer based in Salt Lake City. They are known for their innovation and ski shapes—that can look like no other ski on the market. The Pagoda construction replaces the Alchemist version, featured in another pair of skis we reviewed a few months back, the Alchemist 100RP2 (which turned out to be my fave ski of the 20/21 season). Like the Tour1's before them, the Pagoda Tours are best for the dedicated ski tourer. The Tour1 may have been a little too light, hence the Pagoda Tour's slightly heavier numbers and more substantial ski feel.
You can see one of the new features in the Pagoda Tour line-up, here. The thin metal piece embedded in the tail makes the ski stronger and less likely to delam if you like to jam your tails into the snow.
Note that the tip and tail rocker has been throttled back from the early wailer days when people referred to them as banana skis. The official rocker number is 45%, that explains why the effective edge comes in at 55%. I am 6'2", weigh 175lbs and ski a 184cm length in every DPS ski I have tested. Because of the rocker and effective edge, the Pagoda Tour RPs, ski a lot shorter than they look.
These skis deliver as promised. Though I appreciated the Tour1 construction from a couple years back, I found that the skis were a little skittery. I could manage to get down anything, but hardpack wasn't much fun. With the new Pagoda Tour construction, DPS has created something a little beefier that will work well in a wider range of conditions than did it's Tour 1 predecessor.
The 112 waist makes this version of the Pagoda Tour particularly happy in deep powder where flotation is needed. I am an older, fairly conservative skier who puts a premium on lightweight. I mentioned that the binding on these were Dynafit Radicals. My go-to boots with these skis are the Scarpa F1 LTs, I also reviewed this season. All that to say, my set-up is lightweight, yet robust. It seems like ski/boot manufacturers are finally figuring out the light/strong sweet spot, and the Pagoda Tours are proof of this.
I can wax-on about the skis' RP shape, too. I was at a local touring spot and someone I met on the uptrack referred to my planks as "dad skis" because they made skiing so easy and made skiers look so good. I concur... the RP shape with its 15m turn radius and surfy, intuitive feel makes skiing fun. I don't need anything too stiff for the way down and the skis make skiing exhilarating and entertaining. Who could ask for anything more?
As a continuously innovative company, I think DPS skis are generally progressing and getting better. Their Tour1 model from a few seasons back was awesome, but a little squirrely. The Pagoda Tours—with the addition of a full carbon laminate— address this issue and are now viable with a wider range of conditions. Don't get me wrong, the Pagoda Tour 112 are a dream on big backcountry touring powder days. It's just that now, they can hold their own on hardpack and light ice too.
Dimensions: 140/112/127 (184cm)
Turning radius: 15m
Sizes: 158cm, 168cm, 178cm, 184cm
Weight: 3180g/6lbs 16oz (184cm pair)
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