Lotus138
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DPS Lotus138

Brand
DPS
Model
Lotus138
Category
Freeride
Weight
2060 gr
Waist
138 mm
Tested length
182 cm
Year
2016

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SFI (Ski Flex Index) 

10
5
5
3
6
Fri Flyt overall rating of DPS Lotus138:

9 / 10

Flotation:
10 / 10
Turning capabilities:
5 / 10
Stability at speed:
7 / 10
Technical info:
As expected, the carbon fibre skis from DPS have low specific weight, but this is not the lightest model in its category. It has the widest waist in the test and this has been combined with very little sidecut and consistent rocker. Lotus 138 has an extremely stiff tail, a soft front ski and raised tips. It still bears traces of what they marketed as spoon technology a couple of years ago. However, this is only visible as a small bend along the edge of the tip.

On snow:
The ski received a lot of attention from people outside the test team. Be alert on hard surfaces down the slope—you will have to adapt a completely different technique. The advantage is that you can go equally fast sideways and straight forward, as the ski will not grip at all. What about floatation? It is definitely the best in this category. And how does it feel in sideway turns in powder? Amazing. So you want a ski for powder ONLY? Well, consider this one.


Lotus138

Technical data:

Measured length
183 cm
Flex (relative stiffness)
SFI 105536
Brand
DPS
Model
Lotus138
Produced
USA
Available lengths
182,192
Contact length
18 cm
Rocker tail
80 cm
Rocker nose
85 cm
Side cut
80 cm
Taper tail
50 cm
Taper tip
53 cm
Setback (true center to narrowest point)
12 cm
Tested mounting point (true center to boot center)
14 cm
Max tail width
143 mm
Min waist width
138 mm
Max nose width
147 mm
Side cut radius
31.00 mR
Width difference nose vs. tail
4 mm
Surface area (one ski)
2430 cm2
Weight
2060 gr
Relative weight
0.85 gr/cm2
Hight tail tip
37 mm
Hight nose tip
35 mm
Angle tail tip
22°
Angle nose tip
35°

This sequence of numbers indicates stiffness. Each number corresponds to a part of the ski, from tail to tip. 5 equals the average
for this part and length of the ski. Lower values indicate softer skis, higher values stiffer.