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2019 DPS Uschi 87.2 Alchemist Women’s Skis

The 2019 DPS Uschi 87.2 Alchemist blurs the line of front side and all-mountain skis. As a result of the shape, profile, and construction, DPS has created a product that will destroy the corduroy, and also venture off-piste. Built mainly with resort skiing in mind, the Uschi 87.2 is a light weight, snappy carver that sits right in the middle of a lot of competitor’s products. DPS has carved its own niche as a high-end ski company that makes very technologically sound products. The Alchemist construction is the top of the line design that wraps a wood core with carbon layers. The end result is an ultralight, easy to use ski that takes the pilot wherever she desires. At 87 mm underfoot, the skis have enough width to float and chop through some fresh snow, but are narrow enough to slice and dice the morning groomers. The value of the skis is in the construction and longevity of the product. The carbon does not break down like fiberglass, so your hundredth day on these skis will feel much like your first. We had two testers of the Uschi 87.2 Alchemist, and both skied the 165 cm length. The general consensus was that the skis lived up to their billing as a lightweight groomer crusher.

Ann MacDonald thought the skis felt true to size, and with all DPS skis, they performed better when utilizing a neutral stance instead of overly pressuring the tips to make the ski turn. Centered is better, we’ve found on pretty much all of our DPS test forms. She scored the skis 5 out of 5 for stability, which given the light weight, is pretty remarkable. Typically, the lighter the ski, the less the stability, but thanks to DPS’ use of carbon, Ann found the reverse to be true. Also scoring high was torsional stiffness and edge hold. Again, thanks to the carbon layering, the stiffness of the skis from side to side is quite formidable. Expert skiers will love the edge hold, and intermediates will appreciate the lightness. Because it’s a stiffer ski, the scores for playfulness and forgiveness weren’t as high as they would be in a more flexible board. Ann called it “stiff in the tip—hard to bend” and “good for opening up turns and cruising.” That’s good for an on-trail ski for sure, and Ann picks up on some nice qualities that DPS was going for in the construction and build of the skis. She also alluded to the fact that skiers who smear turns will like the ski’s ability to release the edge at the request of the skier.

Pascale Savard also felt the Uschi 87.2 skied true to size and her highest score was for the versatility of the skis. At that width, the Uschi’s will be able to tackle any and all terrain. While they are better suited for groomed snow and firmer conditions, the soft snow performance is quite good, too. Pascale’s big takeaway from the skis was that the user had to put in some solid energy to get some proper feedback. It’s the old “each action has an equal and opposite reaction” type ski. That which you put in, you’ll get back out.

The 2019 DPS Uschi 87.2 Alchemist is the top of the line ladies front side ripper. For upper level intermediates and expert skiers, the Uschi 87.2 Alchemist will satisfy your carving desires.

Testers

Pascale Savard SkiEssentials Ski Test Headshot

Pascale Savard

Age: 51Height: 5'3"Weight: 116 lbs.

Ski Style: Precise and smooth with a top to bottom attitude

Ann MacDonald SkiEssentials Ski Test Headshot

Ann MacDonald

Age: 55Height: 5'1"Weight: 115 lbs.

Ski Style: Lots of style, grace, and power