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2013 DPS Nina99 Hybrid Ski

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Pros: Great off piste ski for snowy days

Cons: Edge grip isn't what I'd like in a ski this size

 

 

Product: DPS Nina 99

Length Tested: 169cm

Dimensions/Turn Radius: 17 M

Camber : Rocker - camber under foot

Binding: Demo Griffon

Mount point: Suggested Boot Center

 

Environment & Conditions:

Location of Test:Winter Park

Number of Runs: 2 runs

Snow Conditions: Groomers with some mixed variables

Demo or Own: Demo

 

Tester Info:

Username: Trekchick

Age: 45

Height/Weight: 5'6"

Ski Days/Season:85

Years Skiing:27

Aggressiveness:Finesse skier with a desire to be more aggressive

Current Quiver: Kastle LX82 162cm, Blizzard Black Pearl 166cm, Blizzard Samba 166cm, DPS Yvette 168cm

Home Area: Northstar at Tahoe, Squaw 

Preferred Terrain: Trees, moguls, and the occasional groomer 

 

Review: 

After the great experience I had on the Yvette 112 RP, I was eager to take its little sister Nina99 out for a test drive.  While the turn initiation was responsive, and the tenacity when exploring off piste was playful and fun, I missed the extra edge grip that other skis in this class seem to have.    

Nina just seems happier when she has some rough snow to play in.

If you're looking for a high end mid fat that has a strong bias for off piste and powder, then this is the ski for you.  

 

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2013 DPS Nina99 Hybrid Ski
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Description:

The Nina 99 is the women’s Daily Driver, redefined. The Nina 99 is set to become the new standard for all-mountain/all-condition shapes. Based on the award-winning Wailer 112RP platform, the Nina 99 exhibits similar versatility in a narrower package. The Nina 99 utilizes the Wailer 112's 3-D PaddleTech Geometry™—DPS’ original blend of rocker and variable sidecut. PaddleTech Geometry™ allows the skier to engage the Nina's slightly cambered 18m underfoot turn radius while charging g-loaded carves on harder snow. When the snow becomes mixed or soft, the skier draws on the gradually rockered paddle sections of the tip and tail to access longer, variable turn radii, slarves, and off-edge control. The Nina 99 gives you the best of on-edge and off-edge performance, and the ability to get creative in the most versatile 100mm underfoot package ever designed. WE REALIZED THAT THE TIME WAS RIPE to launch a Hybrid construction line that would incorporate DPS'sshaping heritage, carbon roots, and flex design with a more standard construction. We couldn't just build a standard fiberglass ski though. We have upped the ante by taking taking the industry standard fiberglass construction and adding two beefy carbon stringers, boosted the core with bamboo, added urethane dampening, and maintained the fastest, hardest graphite bases made. Last season we mated the Hybrid construction with Lotus 120's, Lotus 138's, and Wailer 105's. We have refined the flex patterns and the Hybrid line is ready to roll with a time tested, bomber construction and immaculate finishing. They are designed to exceed the highest performance offerings from other brands, while still accessible at great prices that allow you to build out your quiver. The Hybrid: Fiberglass+Carbon+Bamboo line is the ultimate value construction with thoroughbred roots.

Details:
DetailValue
Lengths169cm, 176cm
Dimensions121/99/108
Turn Radius17M@176cm
Constructiontip / tail rocker
Core MaterialBamboo, Carbon, Fiberglass
Binding IncludedNo
Recommended BindingSquire
Recommended useOff-piste
Binding TypeFlat
Recommended LevelAdvanced
Model Year2013
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Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC
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