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Which ski? DPS, PM Gear or Prior?

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Thread Starter 
Am looking for a light 100mm waisted ski with some tip rocker for touring and steeps. Want something more fun in deeper snow than my current touring ski (movement couloir) doesnt need to be too big as i have a big pow ski and i want good edge hold on steep hard snow and good in variable conditions.

Have found three skis i like the look of, the DPS wailer 99 pure, the PM Gear bro 179 and the Prior Husume XTC. Im based in Chamonix and other than DPS i wont be able to test the other skis. Can any one offer me some usefull comparisons? What would people recomend as the best ski mountaineering ski?

Thanks for any help, Ben.
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I own or have owned skis from all three of these companies, and I've skied the regular Husume. I'd suggest doing a search at TGR for reviews of all three - there's a long thread on the w99, a semi-long thread on the Bros 179, and a few posts on the Husume XTC. There's some reviews here on the w99, nothing I'm aware of on the other two. In general, the reviews on the w99 are more positive at TGR than here.

 

Based on the other skis I've used from these companies, I'd guess that the Prior will be the stiffest and most planted feeling, even with carbon, while the w99 will be the lightest feeling on the snow, nearly as stiff as the Prior, but by far the most playful and surfy (it has the most pronounced rocker in front). Priors and PM Gear Bros tend to ski closer to a traditional feeling, with mild rocker, less rise and splay. Have heard the new all carbon Bros are very lively; my Lhasas were already lively along the lines of a mid fat Fischer. OTOH, the 179 has an extra sheet of rubber, so that may act as a damper; have heard it's the smoothest of the PM's. 

 

Hope this helps.

post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 
Thanks, im going off the DPS a little, less rocker might be better for ski mountaineering as i should have slightly longer effective edge on the PM and Prior skis. Less fun in the powder but im looking for an all conditions ski.

The Price of the PM bro is also a lot less than DPS! I sent them an email and they said a weight of 1583g per ski which is really light. Does anyone know if thats likely to be accurate? Same for the Prior, they say 1700g per ski in a 181.
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I'll say the same thing I said over at TGR a minute ago. Check out the Praxis BC. Can be had for 10% off the posted price. 

 

FWIW, I believe there is a guy from your "neighborhood" on TGR who has a huge Praxis quiver.  IIRC that includes some BCs. You might hunt him down for an opinion. I think his quiver discussion is either in the TGR quiver thread or the Praxis thread over there.

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Originally Posted by Benbriggs View Post I sent them an email and they said a weight of 1583g per ski which is really light. Does anyone know if thats likely to be accurate? Same for the Prior, they say 1700g per ski in a 181.


I have found both PM and Prior to be fairly accurate for their weights, say within 50 gm one way or the other. The difference between the two you mention is probably a mix of scale (PM is 6 mm narrower and 2 cm shorter) and construction (wood core of Prior includes maple stringers with aspen, think PM is poplar and aspen). 

 

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