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2013 DPS Wailer99 Hybrid Ski


Pros: Light and nimble

Cons: Feedback was too digital for my taste


The new DPS Wailer 99 is the replacement for the Wailer 95 (hence the orange) with a smidge in the Wailer 105 thrown in. Since I only had a chance to test the 99 in what is to be considered some of the terrain it will encounter, man-made packed pow groomers, this will be a first part of a (at least) two part review. 


First of all, the Wailer 99 is visually different than most skis in this class, I would say it looked like the love child of the Bonafide and a Rossi S3 in shape, cambered underfoot with significant early rise (ala a Wailer 112/S7/S3) and a shorter rise in the tail than either the Bonafide or either of the Rossi's. As far as color..they are orange...very very orange, one of the best oranges ever put to a ski. BTW, I am partial to orange. 


OK...on snow. I started off with my benchmark in the 98mm category, the Bonafide which handled as expected. Once I got my feet dialed in, I switched to the Wailer 99.  Even though the Wailer 99 I tested was a 184cm in length, it skis much shorter in feel than the 180 Bonafide. The feel was not nervous or unstable shorter but it was more nimble compared to the Bonafide.  On the packed yet edgible snow the Wailer cranked out very smooth precise turns but...(there is always a "but") the turns were without feeling or warmth. There is something about a wood/metal construction ski that adds a bit of warmth to a ski. While the Wailer 99 is designed and marketed more as an off piste ski, anything in this size range is now expected to be able to perform on the conditions I skied today andwhile the Wailer did performed up to the task it didn't have the feel I look for in a ski. That part again is purely subjective. 


Conclusion: I will hold my final verdict until I can take out the 99 in softer/deeper mixed conditions, where I do think the Wailer will perform as expected, and knowing the 112RP, better than most in this class. As far as hard snow, the Wailer 99 performs almost as well as the outgoing Wailer 95 (too hard snow biased for a 95 mm ski) but but being more playful. I do feel the off piste feel will overcome the (very) subjective and in reality minor shortcomings on the frontside. If your intent is to have a 99 waisted ski that is off piste oriented, the 99 should be on your list to demo. 



Length Tested: 184cm

Dimensions/Turn Radius: 125/99/111

Camber: , Early Rise, Tip & Tail w/camber

Binding: Demo

Mount point: Suggested (at -0-)


Environment & Conditions:

Location of Test: Northstar

Number of Runs: 3

Snow Conditions: Packed Powder/Manmade

Demo or Own: Demo


Tester Info:

Username: Philpug

Age: 48

Height/Weight: 5'10" 185lb

Ski Days/Season: 40-60

Years Skiing: 35

Aggressiveness: Moderate (Finesse) 

Current Quiver: 12 Rossignol Experience 88, 12 Blizzard Bonafide, 12 DPS 112RP Pure

Home Area: Squaw & Northstar

Preferred Terrain: bumps, off-piste, trees


2013 DPS Wailer99 Hybrid Ski

The Wailer 99 is the Daily Driver, redefined. The Wailer 99 is set to become the new standard for all-mountain/all-condition shapes. Based on the award-winning Wailer 112RP platform, the Wailer 99 exhibits similar versatility in a narrower package. The Wailer 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 Wailer 99'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 Wailer 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.

Lengths168cm, 176cm, 184cm
Turn Radius17M@ 176cm
Constructiontip / tail rocker
Core MaterialBamboo, Carbon, Fiberglass
Binding IncludedNo
Recommended Binding
Recommended useOff-piste
Binding TypeFlat
Recommended LevelAdvanced
Model Year2013
Binding System
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC
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