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A Review On: 2013 DPS Wailer99 Pure Ski

2013 DPS Wailer99 Pure Ski

Rated # 191 in All-Mountain Skis
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Philpug
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Pros: Light and very orange

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

 

Product:

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

 

REVIEW:

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. 

 

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