Product: DPS 112RP Hybrid
Length/size Tested: 190cm
Bindings: Marker Dukes with Dynaduke plates.
Environment of Conditions:
*Location of review: Beaver Mt. UT
*Runs Taken: 2 days skiing all day.
*Snow Conditions: A couple of days during a big storm cycle. We have had almos no snow until this storm cycle. In fact I was fly fishing last weekend. It has been bad. So now the snow is dumping and the hill is tracked out in record time with a feed frenzy seldom seen at this sleepy mom and pop resort.
*Demo or Purchase: Purchase
184 Blizzard the One
178 Dynastar Sultan 85
185 Paxis Powder
185 Dynastar Huge Trouble
Summery (inc. Strengths & Weaknesses):
This was touted as the versatile fun shape that can shred the powder, and rip up the rest of the resort once the pow is skied out. I didn't find it to be that exactly, but it is a rad powder ski.
Powder: the RP112 is a superior directional powder ski with a few caveats. It seems more tip floaty and skis better when driven from the cuff than a Praxis in deep snow. I think it is even less demanding than the PP since you don’t have to try to keep centered on this ski, it floats automatically. 112RP does even better than the PP in funky wind affected snow.
I dropped a few cliffs under 10’ and the ski really just felt good in the Air and made me confident to try something bigger. I think I will once we get another good storm. I skied a bunch of conifer glades and some in the apsens as well. The tips on the 112RP do nto get hung up in the pucker brush as much as some other skis I own. So yea, they do very well in the trees.
There are 2 drawbacks vis. The PP. The first is more of a feel thing. On the 112RP the slarvyness is muted and you need to ask it to slarve, it won’t just do it automatically. More stable less turny. And in very tight trees at higher speeds the 112RP is not quite as perfect as the Praxis, but it is close.
Crud: This was a wet snow day so the powder turned to crud pretty quickly and setup in some interesting ways. The ski felt good for the most part. It is stiff enough for my skiing style and I certainly never felt the ski was about to fold up or whatever. It does well for hauling ass in crud when up on edge. However when running flat, the ski tends to ride up and over rather than punching through the heavy stuff. The 112RP gave me some really bad shin bang despite it being a powder day afternoon. I fought through it the first day but the second day, I gave up and swaped.
When skiing the 112RP and the One back to back I noticed a much more pleasurable skiing, greatly reduced shin bang, and not surprisingly more aggressive lines and better skiing from myself when riding on The One. I had never personally considered the one to be a great crud ski, and it has been maligned on this forum as not being a serious ski. But either I am selling it short or the 112RP is a very poor crud eater indeed. I think the minimal rocker profile on The One vis. The gigantor rockered tip on 112RP has a lot to do with it.
Groomers: This is probably the best 100mm+ powder oriented ski on groomers I have ever skied. Carves very nicely on soft powder day groomers. It even does well on crusty old snow groomers. I think this is where the resort in resort powder really comes into play.
Utility: Traverses/Skating/Sidestepping: This is where the Praxis Pow and other full reverse skis really suck. The stability is wack and there is no shock absorption on rutend traverses . And you cannot get any skating oomph on them for the flats. The minimal running length on the 112RP is much improved for the basic utility perspective.
Durability: I skied over a few rocks. I even landed on a rock on an 8’ huck, but I am seeing minimal base knicks and the edges are still perfect. Seems good to me.
Bottom line: The 112RP has replaced the Praxis Pow in my quiver. As a directional powder ski I think it really is all that. Sadly however the promise of a rad fun-shape powder ski that has enough resort performance to enjoy all day has been so far unfulfilled. I did long for a narrower ski in the afternoon both. Perhaps it is simply a result of the testing condition. We are just getting the fire hose turned on us and and the ski hill has gotten tracked out faster than ever as the powder starved locals went wild in a feeding frenzy seldom seen at Beaver Mt. The 112RP would almost certainly fare better in typical blower powder day.
I have the dynaduke plates and will swap in the dynafits once avy layers stabilize and I can get back to touring. These seem decently light for such a huge ski.