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2013 DPS Wailer99 Pure Ski


Pros: Light and very orange

Cons: An also ran in the highly contested 99mm category.



Length Tested: 184

Dimensions/Turn Radius:  

Camber:  Early Rise, Tip & Tail w/camber

Binding: Demo

Mount point: Suggested 


Environment & Conditions:

Location of Test: Northstar

Number of Runs: 5

Snow Conditions: 20" of heavy snow

Demo or Own: Demo


Tester Info:

Username: Philpug

Age: 48

Height/Weight: 5'10" 185lb

Ski Days/Season: 60+

Years Skiing: 35

Aggressiveness: Moderate (Finesse) 

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

Home Area: Squaw & Northstar

Preferred Terrain: bumps, off-piste, trees



We started the day with 20+"  really heavy snow that could easily have been 40+" if the snow was lighter. The first runs were on the 112RP Pures which are a benchmark in the powder segment then with the snow getting skied out and packed down I switched over to the Wailer 99's. The Wailer 99's are DPS's entry into the highly contested 98-100mm category which consists of the Blizzard Bonafide, Volkl Mantra, Rossignol S3 as (as a few of the) benchmarks, truly excellent skis to go up against. The Wailer 99 is to the Wailer 112 as the Rossi S3 is to the Rossi S7 a 7/8th variant. Quite frankly, I am not a fan of the S3 and like the S3  the Wailer doesn't come near to filling the shadow of it's big  brother. Skiing the 99, it was loose on the backed snow and didn't hold up the "resort" part of "resort powder" and even in the soft snow (as expected) the 99 couldn't keep up with the 112. The 99 wasn't confidence inspiring at all and while it is rarely rigid, it didn't even carve a turn as well as the 112 could. Could less early rise in the tip and tail helped the Wailer 99, I think so but not certain. I have skied the Hybrid version earlier in the year and while there was a difference there, with the 99's it wasn't so much the case. 


2013 DPS Wailer99 Pure 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. DPS PURE SKIS ARE THE PRODUCT OF FOUR YEARS OF INTENSE DEVELOPMENT AND ENGINEERING. Its a ski that is truly unique and that feels unlike anything else made; a ski that actually makes you rip harder because it produces more power, is more reactive, and weighs less than traditional skis. Pure skis also have a practically infinite flex life, and don't break down like normal glass skis- endowing them with immense value. While 99.9% of the skis available on the market are built using fiberglass and/or metal (aluminum). The prepreg carbon and nano resins used in all DPS skis have twice the strength of fiberglass (3 times the strength of aluminum) while weighing half as much. CARBON SKIS ARE THE FUTURE. Once most people experience the power of a carbon ride, few go back to conventional builds.

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