Welcome to another installment of Editor’s Review from FREESKIER. Each week our editorial staff provides in-depth, honest reviews about the gear they’re testing on a weekly basis. Our goal? To point you towards the best brands and products on Earth so you can trust your equipment whole-heartedly and have as much fun in the mountains as possible. Read up on the DPS Wailer Alchemist 112 and Dynafit Rotation 10, below, then visit us again tomorrow for more awesome gear coverage.
I’ve had the opportunity to test the new DPS Wailer Alchemist 112 skis on four separate occasions—two of which paired the skis with the soon-to-be-released Dynafit Rotation 10 bindings. First let’s talk about the skis.
The Alchemist series, which will be available to purchase in the fall, is meant to relieve the common problems that arise from carbon-fiber skis: chattering of the skis at high speed in variable conditions (i.e. non-powder snow) that yields a bumpy, bone-jarring ride. DPS utilized what it calls, “vibration-tuned, aerospace grade carbon,” in the construction. In quasi-laymen’s terms, a mid-weight aspen wood core is sandwiched between two layers of pure prepreg carbon fiber laminate with undisclosed dampening materials that have been sniffed out from the far reaches of the Earth (probably) by the engineers at DPS. The result is a ski that has heightened dampening properties and provides a smooth ride
in not-so-soft conditions.
My first outing on the Wailer Alchemist 112—featuring the same shape as the much-loved 112-mm-waisted Wailer and only differentiated by the Alchemist insides—took place on fairly firm conditions at the SIA On-Snow Demo at Copper Mountain, in…