DPS has been making some big strides over the years—most notably appealing to the all-mountain crowd that pretty much dominates the ski industry as a whole. By applying their Alchemist construction principles to a 94mm waisted ski, DPS has entered, and according to our testers, will rule that all-mountain category. Also, it’s pretty fun just to say “Uschi.”
Katrine Wolfgang skied the Uschi 94.2 in a 165 cm length. She made her impression clear, drawing a straight line through all the 5’s—the highest score in all categories. Clear enough as far as marks go, but she also had some good input to take note of. “I really liked this ski a lot—94 under foot gives you a very stable ski—turned without effort and did great in some soft bumps I found.” Katrine hits the nail on the head. The 94 mm waist is a fantastic all-mountain width that handles different terrain and conditions all at the same time. She continues by saying the skis “were stable at all speeds.”
Another Uschi 94.2 superfan was Kristi Brown. Aside from the 3 out of 5 for flotation, the rest of her grades were 4.5/5. I guess the best way to describe her reaction to the skis would be “giddy.” She included a note apart from the test area to note that the skis deserve an honorable mention for being the most improved product. She continues with her review by stating that she was “kinda speechless and in awe. By far my favorite DPS yet! The Uschi coaxes you into the turn and sends you charging on! Super maneuverable and forgiving without losing performance.” So Kristi obviously was enamored with the ski, but the details of her review that stand out the most is that performance to forgiveness ratio. The fact that a ski can hold both of those attributes at the same time tells a lot about the versatile nature of a ski.
Susan Dorn had an awesome overall impression of the 165 cm Uschi 94.2. She scored 5’s for stability and forgiveness. This leads us to believe that the Uschi 94.2 is flexible, yet strong. Thanks to DPS’ use of carbon in their skis, there’s no doubt that this is possible. The remaining scores for the ski for Susan were all 4’s. As a result, it’s fairly easy to say that she liked the Uschi 94.2. She commented that the skis were “nice! Stable, deliberate, easy smooth turning. High performance good skiers will appreciate this one. It adapts to your level of skiing rather than you adapting to the ski.” We’ll take this to mean that the skis have an intuitive feel, and that they react properly to the amount of energy that you put into them.
Jenny Lawson tested the 165 and had high scores all the way down the sheet. All 4’s and 5’s for Jenny, as she rated a top mark for overall impression. Jenny thought the skis were “Fun! Felt like a longboard (surf). Easy to ski, held an edge, loved it!” She continues by saying that this was “my kind of ski.” We take that to mean that the Uschi 94.2, with its all-mountain character, spoke to Jenny and contained that intuitive feel that some of the other testers have mentioned.
The end result of the DPS Uschi 94.2 Alchemist is that of a well-rounded all-mountain ripper that is equally at home on the groomers as it is off-piste. Whether you’re an intermediate skier looking to challenge yourself or an expert level skier searching for one ski to rule all, the 2019 Uschi 94.2 is a surefire competitor that will not leave you wanting much more.