The Wailer A112 RP is a classic DPS ski. Not in the sense that it’s been around for a while because their Alchemist construction has been tweaked for 2020 so it’s essentially brand new, but rather in the sense that it carries forward what the company is most known for. It has a lot of rocker, a lot of early taper in the tips and tails, a relatively short turn radius of 15-meters, and it uses crazy materials and is quite lightweight. The Alchemist construction uses vibration-tuned carbon fiber, which gives the ski a very smooth, stable feel without the deflection and pingy feeling that can come along with carbon construction. It’s designed to float and float and float, but also for quick maneuverability, and as a potential backcountry touring ski. Some skiers will opt for skis with longer turning radii, which DPS has, but this quick feel has become a sought-after shape and a favorite among a lot of skiers.
Jeffrey Siegel echoes that sentiment by starting his feedback with “the Wailer 112 RP isn’t for everyone, but if you’re into quick and light five-dimension powder bananas, it’s going to be your jam.” DPS doesn’t actually list 5 dimensions for this ski, but the early taper is so pronounced, they probably could. Jeff gave the Wailer A112 RP 5 out of 5 scores for flotation, quickness/maneuverability, playfulness, and overall impression. Solid scores from Jeff. Only stability dropped below 4 out of 5 with a 3, but that’s not surprising given the shape of this ski. Jeff skied the 189 cm length, which is the longest available in the Wailer 112 RP. “They ski short for their length, but that’s actually what’s good about them. You get a long set of sticks that feel like they’re short. The ski is super nimble. Quick, smeary steered turns are effortless through almost any kind of snow. Obviously, it’s not a charger. You’re not going to get a lot of high-speed stability, but it will get you from powder stash to powder stash.” That’s great feedback from Jeff!
Parker Herlihy likes to ski fast and aggressively right down the fall line. His style of skiing might not match the Wailer A112 RP, but that’s okay. He would undoubtedly prefer a longer turn radius and actually would probably opt for a heavier ski, but he’s a bit of an anomaly. Parker was on the 184 cm length, and perhaps he would’ve preferred the 189 cm that Jeff skied. “Meant for slow speeds in tight trees. Not as much stability as the Wailer 106.” That makes a lot of sense as the Wailer 106 uses less rocker, less early taper, and has a longer turn radius. There are a lot of skiers who really enjoy maneuvering through trees at moderate speeds. We can’t all just straight-line through moguls like Parker.
Justin Perry is a big fan of the Wailer A112 RP! He skied the 178 cm length and gave it very high scores across the board. 5 out of 5 for flotation, stability, quickness/maneuverability, playfulness, and overall impression, with the rest of our criteria coming in at 4 out of 5. “This is a great lightweight powder ski that cuts through anything you want. I use this as my touring setup and I love the way it handles so many different conditions with ease.”
If you’re looking for a lightweight, maneuverable powder ski, it doesn’t get much better than the Wailer A112 RP from DPS. Sure, it comes with a fairly hefty price tag, but it’s packed full of technology and there really aren’t many skis that can match this performance.