2020 DPS Wailer 100 RP Alchemist

The DPS Wailer 100 Alchemist construction is a new ski for 2020 and is designed for the utmost all-mountain versatility. DPS uses their classic RP shaping techniques with the Wailer 100, giving it long, pronounced tip rocker, plenty of early taper, and a relatively short turn radius. This Wailer 100 also uses the DPS Alchemist construction, which according to DPS, is the world’s most advanced ski construction. It utilizes an aspen wood core with pure prepreg carbon fiber laminates with proprietary damping additives. Those damping additives are an important element in the ski’s construction as skis that use carbon fiber are typically not described as damp, but DPS seems to have figured out something special.

Bob St.Pierre thought the Wailer 100 had a “fantastic strength to weight ratio,” which is a great way of describing it. Bob gave the Wailer 100 a lot of high scores, including 5 out of 5 for quickness/maneuverability. The only scores that dropped below 4 out of 5 were for stability and torsional stiffness/edge grip, both receiving 3 out of 5, which doesn’t feel surprising considering Bob is a pretty big guy and was testing the 179 cm length. “Spoony tip and tail gives it a short-turn nature and the stability is great for a ski without metal.” That’s that Alchemist construction coming into play. Despite it being relatively short for Bob, it still had impressive stability considering its weight.

Brad Moskowitz also skied the 179 cm Wailer 100 RP during our test. He was most impressed by its performance in off-piste terrain and softer snow conditions. That’s definitely a goal of the Wailer 100, so we’re glad to get Brad’s feedback on those abilities. “While not the best selection for firm snow conditions, the Wailer is a fun shape and the 100 waist transitions quickly and carves surprisingly well. Fun and easy to ski in the bumps!” 5 out of 5 scores from Brad for quickness/maneuverability, playfulness, and overall impression!

Jeff Neagle, another tester who hopped on that 179 cm length, was also impressed by its maneuverability paired with its somewhat-surprising carving performance. “Good one ski quiver for a lot of skiers. Surprisingly capable on groomers. Responsive out of a turn and holds an edge well for having so much rocker and early taper. It’s also flickable and easy to maneuver in tight terrain. Wide enough for powder days, too.” The Wailer 100 RP isn’t an inexpensive ski, but you’re getting extremely high-level technology in its construction. According to Jeff, it’s “easy to justify the price if you’re using it as a one-ski-quiver.”

David Wolfgang wished for more deeper snow conditions when he got his turn to test the Wailer 100. He also got on the 179 cm length, although we’d venture a guess that testers around David and Bob’s size might prefer going a little longer. “The only thing I found missing when testing this ski today was powder to truly test the dramatic tip rocker. On all other types of terrain and snow conditions, this ski rocked.” We can attest to its performance in deeper snow, having had plenty of opportunities to test that over the past year. It’s valuable to know that David feels it can do everything else, too.

The new Wailer 100 RP is hands-down a versatile ski. It can hold its own on groomers, although its turn radius might be on the small side for skiers looking for raw speed. It’s performance in un-groomed terrain is fantastic, relying mostly on its maneuverability and playful nature. If you love tight terrain like trees, chutes, and other technical skiing, you’ll love the way the Wailer 100 feels. The shorter effective edge doesn’t love tremendously high speeds, but you have to push it pretty darn hard to feel unstable, which we think will satisfy all but the most aggressive skiers.


Brad Moskowitz

Age: 50Height: 5'4"Weight: 140 lbs.

Ski Style: Fast and fun inspired by mohawks

Bob St.Pierre

Age: 41Height: 6'2"Weight: 215 lbs.

Ski Style: Adaptable, versatile, ex-competitive mogul skier and coach

Evan Caha

Age: 30Height: 5'10"Weight: 140 lbs.

Ski Style: Fast and adventurous with a love for high edge angles

Annie MacDonald

Age: 56Height: 5'7"Weight: 118 lbs.

Ski Style: Lots of style, grace, and power

David Wolfgang

Age: 67Height: 6'3"Weight: 230 lbs.

Ski Style: Strong, deliberate, and smooth

Brad Schauerman

Age: 28Height: 5'9"Weight: 160 lbs.

Ski Style: Trees, trees, and more trees just like a squirrel

Jeff Neagle

Age: 33Height: 5'10"Weight: 150 lbs.

Ski Style: Aggressive freeride with freestyle background

Chuck Waskuch

Age: 47Height: 5'8"Weight: 180 lbs.

Ski Style: Smooth and Controlled

6 Comments on the “2020 DPS Wailer 100 RP Alchemist”

  1. Im 5’9″ and 150. I ski Soul 7’s now and love them, but I’ll likely need to replace them next year. I am a very good skier, but I don’t ski fast and prefer tight trees and chutes with as many turns possible. I don’t really care that much about groomer performance but will ski in firm bumps as required. I mostly ski Cannon, Jay, and Alta. If its a groomer day, I stay home.

    I’m thinking about banking a new pair of Souls in my closet or trying the Wailer 100 and/or 112. Any thoughts between those 2 options vs the Souls? I was thinking I could go a little longer than my current 172’s with the 100 or go short with the 112 and get the same float. Does anyone demo DPS skis? That would be helpful.

    1. HI Jay!
      We demo some DPS at our retail location Pinnacle Ski and Sports here in Stowe, VT. I don’t think the 112 is a part of our fleet, but certainly the 100. I think the Wailer 100 is a great comparison to the Soul, with a higher-end feel, although not quite the float. Same turny style, though, with the 15-meter turn radius at all lengths. Same RP shaping with the 112, obviously with better float due to the width. That said, you’re certainly losing some quickness as a result of the shape. Can you get a 112 for pow days and a 100 for all others? That’d be sweet. Have fun!

  2. Firstly, thanks for all your great work – you provide the best review in the industry. I have been a fan of DPS for a while and your review of the WAILER 100 RP ALCHEMIST is great. It’s obviously not a cheap ski, are there other skis that you would compare this with? Ripstick, Enforcer or Declivity 102 Ti? I am attracted the manoeuvrability and smaller radius – but as a one ski quiver hope to have something that can hold an edge on firmer pistes when forced to be there.
    Would greatly appreciate any advice. Thanks team.

    1. HI Stirling!
      Definitely a high end feel to the DPS, and yes, it does come with that price tag! Shorter radius turns are found also in the Rossignol Experience 92. A bit narrower, but loves the shorter turns. Could be a good option, especially for firmer snow. Declivity is damp, due to the metal, and has a lot of power for sure. Not as turny as the DPS, but has a more bulbous tail shape that does like to complete a turn. Head Kore 99 is worth a look as well, for light weight and a responsive nature. Have fun!

  3. I ski on Stockli Stormrider’s 95 and this ski looks similar but bit more playful and easier to turn. I am happiest off piste in bumps and steep runs but usually only ski during the winter break so some years I ski the frontside blues/blacks. How do the two compare? Will I be able to tell a difference in widths between 95 and 100?

    1. HI Raffi!
      It’s not just the shape, but the profile as well. The DPS features its RP shaping, which makes all the skis have the same 15-meter turn radius, regardless of length. This makes the DPS a way better floater than the 100 mm would indicate, but is also capable of making clean, round turns. Also a big difference in how the ski feels with dual-carbon laminates versus the metal of the Stockli. Stockli is damper and smoother while the DPS is snappier and more energetic. Have fun!

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