All-mountain and freeride lady skiers will love the performance and versatility of the DPS Nina 99 Alchemist skis. With a wood core wrapped in carbon, the skis are light, stable, and versatile. Thanks to the ever-expanding technological wonders that DPS includes in their skis, they remain a step or two apart from more mass-produced companies. As a result, DPS designs and creates some interesting products; they can’t really be compared to other skis because they are unique and different. The Nina 99 sits right in the heart of the ladies freeride collection, and at 99 mm underfoot, is capable and willing to go wherever and whenever you want. Our testers were enamored with the quickness and adaptable character of the Nina 99. All testers skied the 168 cm length.
Kristi Brown was a huge fan of the Nina 99. All 4’s and 5’s from Kristi, with 5 as a top score in overall impression, makes us happy for her that she had such a nice time! “Sooo much fun to ski the Ninas. I love the playful personality and versatility. It feels like a more all-mountain type ski but with more bones.” We think that’s the carbon talking, Kristi.
Danielle Nichols found the Nina 99 to ski a bit on the short side, which coincides with how our male counterparts felt about the Wailer 99. She also found it to be quite forgiving, allowing the skier to dictate the flex pattern of the skis. When you push into it, it’s going to give ample feedback. She did note that the user had to put in some effort to get the ski to respond accordingly, and as such, we’d call it an advanced to expert ski.
Chloe Wexler picked up on the fact that the skis felt short, too, calling it a “really quick ski.” She gave top marks for overall impression, quickness (obviously), and playfulness. She also noted that the skier should be wary to drive the tip hard; the skis perform better with an upright stance and by finding the sweet spot over the middle of the ski. When you do so, the Nina 99 “delivers good performance.” Chloe’s picking up on the versatile nature of the skis by saying that when you’re centered, the skis will do amazing things for you.
Caroline Kessler echoes Chloe’s sentiments in regards to the quickness and versatility of the Nina 99. She calls them “quick turning, very stable and playful skis. The ski can hold an edge at high speed, it also can rip little quick turns.” She continues on her awesome rant by stating that it’s an “awesome all mountain ski for an aggressive skier.” Her take on the skis is spot-on. The ability to perform both long and short turns, as well as blast through any soft snow, is quite impressive.
DPS continues its hot streak with the Nina 99 Alchemist. By using its top-end construction in an all-mountain freeride shape, the Nina 99 holds a spot of its own atop a tough crowd. The camber underfoot keeps the skis planted to the snow, while in softer conditions; the rocker lets the skis float and dance atop any type of variable circumstances.