The DPS Yvette 100 has been redesigned for 2020 with the classic DPS RP shaping concept. A relatively short 15 m turn radius is paired with plenty of tip and tail rocker and early taper. This gives the ski tremendous maneuverability, but using the Alchemist construction also works in good stability, torsional stiffness, and composure at speed. The Yvette 100 is designed for versatility and a preference for softer snow conditions and un-groomed terrain, although if what we’ve found from DPS holds true with this ski, it should be able to hold its own on groomers too. It shares the same shape and construction with the men’s Wailer 100 RP, so any women looking to go outside of the available length range in the Yvette 100 can absolutely considering the yellow Wailer 100.
Annie MacDonald was given the 163 cm Yvette 100 to test, which she quickly found to be too short for her. She didn’t give it any numerical scores, and clearly stated on her feedback that it “wasn’t a fair test.” That said, she gave us feedback anyways. For the short length she was on, she still was impressed by their stability, which is a testament to the performance of Alchemist construction. She wrote on her form that she was going to try a longer length, and we were also given feedback from Annie on a 179 cm Wailer 100! She had a much different experience on that length, mentioning that it was “the best of the DPS I’ve tried.” Annie described it as “playful, but with good stability at speed.” She admitted that she’s typically “not a fan of this much rocker,” but still really enjoyed its performance. “Good ski for soft snow and slush. Good overall ski for the fairly playful powder width ski. So versatile for a variety of terrain conditions.” Versatility and soft snow performance is the focus of the Yvette, so that’s great feedback from Annie, and thanks for going the distance and testing both lengths!
Darcy Mangan tested that same 163 cm length that Annie started with, but for her that length felt just fine. Darcy did mention that she’d “like to spend more time getting to know this ski,” which is an interesting concept. If you’ve never skied something with this much rocker and early taper, it could take a moment to get used to it. It results in a shorter effective edge than most ski designs, but Alchemist construction still provides good edge grip, which Darcy noticed. Flotation, stability, quickness/maneuverability, and torsional stiffness/edge grip all received high scores. “It’s like that awesome person you want to get to know, but it’s gonna take work.”
Kristi Brown had a blast testing a 171 cm Yvette 100 RP! She did note that length felt too short, but still called it a “super fun tree ski!” High scores from Kristi too, all 4s and 5s out of 5 for every single category. As we’ve mentioned, scores like that spell a very versatile ski. “Super fun if you love mixed terrain. Trees, moguls, groomers, the Yvette 100 RP Alchemist is your fix!”
As Kristi noted, if you’re looking for versatility, the Yvette 100 RP Alchemist is your fix. There aren’t many skis that come close to matching this blend of maneuverability and playfulness in un-groomed terrain and stability and edge grip on firm snow. If you want to have just one pair of skis to do everything, the Yvette is a great option if you’re an adventurous skier that likes to seek out new terrain and different snow conditions. It comes along with a high price tag, but from other manufacturers you’d have to buy multiple skis to get the same versatility.