The Uschi 82 C2 is narrower than we typically see from DPS. Mostly known as a soft-snow, freeride company, DPS has been focusing more on narrower skis and firm snow performance in recent years. The Uschi 82 C2 is a perfect example and this version using their Alchemist construction is going to offer the highest level of torsional stiffness, responsiveness, and edge grip out of any of their construction techniques. Alchemist construction uses two sheets of prepreg carbon fiber with unique vibration damping properties. It has a different feel than most carbon skis: smoother, quieter, and more stable in most applications. The Uschi 82 C2 is 82 mm underfoot, has a 15 m turn radius in the 156 cm length, and although it uses less rocker and early taper than most of DPS’ skis, there is still a notable amount, especially for a ski this narrow.
Jascha Herlihy skied the 165 cm length and was “pleasantly surprised by these skis.” High scores from Jascha, including 5 out of 5 for stability, quickness/maneuverability, playfulness, torsional stiffness/edge grip, and overall impression. All other criteria received a very respectable 4 out of 5. Jascha was impressed by the amount of edge grip the Uschi 82 achieves as well as its versatility. “They kept up with me even when I gave them the gas. All around, these skis are like the groovy chick next door, she’s down for whatever.” We don’t know what your neighbors are like, Jascha, but we like that you think the Uschi 82 is ready for anything. That’s saying a lot for a ski that’s only 82 mm underfoot. “On the groomers, these skis stayed under my feet and held an edge with ease.”
Morgan Nichols also tested the 165 cm length and had a similar reaction to Jascha. She was very impressed by the stability and torsional stiffness this ski achieves, which is a common theme among DPS skis that use the Alchemist construction. Just like Jascha, we saw high scores for stability, torsional stiffness/edge hold, versatility, and overall impression. Even though the Uschi 82 has a relatively short turn radius, Morgan was still able to make some pretty big turns on it. “On the wide Super G turns, as long as you got over on edge, they were AMAZING.” Given the performance they achieve, Morgan did mention it “might be tough for an intermediate skier,” but we think as long as you have reasonably accomplished technique, it would be fine.
Catherine Ferguson somehow filled out a form for a 178 cm Uschi 82. That doesn’t exist, so we’re guessing the DPS tent actually handed her a men’s Cassiar 82, which uses the same shape and construction. So, take Catherine’s response with a grain of salt, so to speak. 178 cm is pretty darn long for C-Ferg, which she noted in her feedback. “These skis were a bit long for me, but it wasn’t too noticeable. They definitely are very responsive skis that turn very aggressively. With the longer length, it was more work to turn the ski. Overall, it’s great for an aggressive skier that enjoys the groomers.” There’s no doubt Catherine would’ve had an easier time turning a shorter length. Even though the Uschi 82 is relatively lightweight, it’s not a ski you need to size up on.
If you’re looking for responsive performance on groomers with plenty of edge grip, the Uschi 82 is great. It’s significantly lighter than skis in this width range that use metal, which makes them more versatile, a little easier to ski, and less fatiguing over the course of a long day of skiing. We like the subtle amounts of early taper in the tip and tail, which gives it increased maneuverability and a flickable feel for those that like tight terrain like moguls and tracked-out tree runs.