The Alchemist Wailer 112 from DPS is part of their new series of Alchemist skis that feature brand new construction. These skis replace the previous Pure3 construction and follow along with that heritage by remaining impressively lightweight. The new skis, however, have increased stability and dampening thanks to a new vibration-tuned aerospace grade carbon fiber. Apply that to a ski like the Wailer 112 and we’ve got a ski that should be a killer powder ski and relatively versatile in other conditions as well. Tip and tail rocker is abundant, as well as significant early taper in both the tips and tails. It has a distinctly powder-oriented, maneuverable shape but is now driven and supported by a slightly burlier construction.
Benny Wax thought it was the “funnest ski of the day!” While funnest isn’t a word, we’ll let it slide. Benny found that it was best to stay relatively centered and balanced on the ski to really find the sweet spot, which makes sense considering the amount of rocker and early taper. It’s not the type of shape where you can really drive the tips with a lot of forward weighting, rather prefers to be skis in a more upright, centered stance. According to Benny, “once you find the sweet spot the ski is peppy and lively.” He thought it performed great in “bumps and crud snow,” and although we didn’t have any deep powder to test its performance, we’re absolutely certain it’s going to be a killer powder ski. Benny did say you’re going to want to “stay off the race course,” as the ski is intended for softer conditions and the short effective edge leaves something to be desired on hardpack.
Tami Razinger “really liked the DPS Wailer 112.” She found that “the tip and tail rocker made the 184 cm ski much shorter.” That’s an important piece of info to keep in mind if you’re planning on picking up a pair. Rockered, early tapered skis typically ski shorter than their advertised length, so don’t be afraid to size up depending on the intended terrain. Tami thought it was “super responsive, bendy, carve-able, playful, and fun!” Tami is a competitive big mountain skier and she even went as far as saying, “these would also be sick in a competition setting. Some carbon in the ski makes them a bit burlier than the foundations, but they are still light.” Tami recommended the DPS Alchemist Wailer 112 to “higher level freeride skiers for all terrain.” We’ll go back to Benny’s comment about them not being for the “race course,” and we’d draw off that to make an argument that they’re really not the best for all terrain, but perhaps all but the firmest groomed snow.
The DPS Wailer 112 is definitely improved thanks to the new Alchemist construction. It’s a touch burlier than it used to be, but is still incredibly maneuverable, relatively forgiving, and performs at a high level in soft snow and in tricky off-piste terrain. The 112 mm waist width is easily wide enough to act as a dedicated powder ski in most skiers’ quivers, although we’re sure there are some freeride skiers, especially in western states, that choose a ski of this waist width for their everyday ski, so it somewhat depends on where you live.