2020 DPS Uschi A87 C2

The Uschi 87 C2 from DPS is one of their narrower skis, focusing on all-mountain versatility instead of the powder-specific, freeride application we often see from DPS. This version uses their Alchemist construction, one of the highest technological ways of building a ski on the planet. It uses vibration-tuned carbon fiber, which has much better vibration damping properties compared to most skis that use carbon. It’s known to provide torsional stiffness, a responsive feel, and be quite lightweight. The Uschi 87 C2 is 87 mm underfoot and uses some fairly significant tip and tail rocker and early taper for a ski of this width designed to boost its versatility. It’s one of those skis that could be described as a quiver killer as it crosses over so well between on and off-piste conditions.

Ariel Aidala tested the 165 cm length and loved the versatility and maneuverability of the Uschi 87 C2. It’s not surprising she loved it, as it sounds like the Uschi 87 saved her from some incidents out there on the slopes! “Seeing as I almost had two collisions with other skiers while on this ski, I would say they’re very quick to react and maneuver.” Whew! Sounds like a couple close calls. Ariel gave the Uschi 87 C2 high scores, including 5 out of 5 for stability, quickness/maneuverability, playfulness, torsional stiffness/edge grip, and overall impression. The other criteria? Those still earned 4’s out of 5. Anytime we see scores all in the 4’s and 5’s it catches our eye and typically means it’s a very versatile ski. Ariel thought it would be a “great every day ski for an advanced skier for everything but powder.” That’s a good way of thinking about the Uschi 87. It’s got plenty of versatility for carving groomers, skiing bumps, bowls, and trees, but if you get a big dump of fresh snow, it’s on the narrow side in terms of flotation. Ariel also pointed out the high price tag, but it’s justifiable considering the versatility and overall feel of the Uschi 87 C2 Alchemist construction.

Sam Purnell tested the 171 cm Uschi 87 C2, but she did note that that length felt too long for her. Because she was on a length that felt a little too long, it definitely changed her experience and perception of the ski. She mentioned it felt “too stiff for me,” but we think she would’ve felt much more comfortable on the 165 cm length Ariel tested. She took it in the woods and found the length was a little challenging to maneuver, but on the groomers, she had a blast. “Fast and skied aggressively on the groomers. Good for advanced/expert skiers.” 5 out of 5 scores for stability and torsional stiffness/edge grip from Sam. Sam’s feedback is really valuable for anyone considering the Uschi 87. You don’t want to get a length that’s too much for you. It skis true to size, and although it uses some tip and tail rocker and early taper, it’s not a ski that you need to size up on.

The Uschi 87 Alchemist is a high performance all mountain ski that can satisfy a lot of skiers. It crosses over between on and off-piste terrain and different snow conditions very well. Alchemist construction provides excellent edge grip and a smooth feel. It’s relatively powerful, but also lightweight and not overly demanding. As a reminder, however, don’t get a length that’s too long for you or you’ll likely have a similar experience as Sam. Don’t be tempted to size up. Get the length that’s right for you and get out there and enjoy everything the mountain has to offer!

Testers

Sam Purnell

Age: 26Height: 5'5"Weight: 130 lbs.

Ski Style: Strong and athletic with an adventurous spirit

Allison Ruschp

Age: 32Height: 5'5"Weight: 135 lbs.

Ski Style: Ex-racer who's calmed herself down

Ariel Aidala

Age: 27Height: 5'3"Weight: 124 lbs.

Ski Style: Adventurous and fun with a fall-line mentality

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