Wailer

DPS Wailer

Brand
DPS
Model
Wailer
Category
Freeride
Weight
2090 gr
Waist
115.3 mm
Tested length
192 cm
Year
2014

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SFI (Ski Flex Index) 

6
5
5
4
4
Fri Flyt overall rating of DPS Wailer:

8 / 10

Flotation:
9 / 10
Turning capabilities:
8 / 10
Stability at speed:
7 / 10
Technical info:
This DPS model, made in the US, is characterized by a big floating tip, a moderate waist width and short radius. DPS still makes plain sandwich constructions with carbon fibre. Despite it having the test´s second lowest weight, the Wailer comes with aluminum tips. The taper is as long as the rocker. Long setback combined with a lot of sidecut gives big a difference in width. The skis have a marked transition from concave (sidecut) to convex (taper/rocker). An almost flat camber helps to neutralize this. The tail is a little stiff and the front skis are quite soft.

On snow:
The smooth Wailer 112 RPC has a huge tip, which makes it float better than other skis in the same category. The narrow back ski bends downwards, while the wide tip points up. Bravo! Easy to maneuverer on the trail, quick from edge to edge. If we have to pick on something, it would have to be the short and large sidecut. This, combined with a short back ski, can result in unstable performance on hard snow. Wailer 112 is a safe choice. Just make sure you have coverage on your bank account.


Wailer

Technical data:

Measured length
184 cm
Flex (relative stiffness)
SFI 65544
Brand
DPS
Model
Wailer
Produced
USA
Available lengths
186
Contact length
112 cm
Rocker tail
35 cm
Rocker nose
45 cm
Side cut
99 cm
Taper tail
43 cm
Taper tip
50 cm
Setback (true center to narrowest point)
13 cm
Tested mounting point (true center to boot center)
13 cm
Max tail width
127.6 mm
Min waist width
115.3 mm
Max nose width
142.5 mm
Side cut radius
18.6 mR
Width difference nose vs. tail
14.9 mm
Surface area (one ski)
2311 cm2
Weight
2090 gr
Relative weight
0.91 gr/cm2
Hight tail tip
45 mm
Hight nose tip
72 mm
Angle tail tip
29°
Angle nose tip
20°
Height of camber
1.5 mm

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.