The DPS Wailer RPC 112 is billed as a versatile do-everything ski with a bit more umph than most 5 point shapes. How’d it perform in our test? Read on to find out…
DPS RPC 112 RPC Pure 3
Defining tester quote: “In most conditions it’s an absolute blast”
DPS introduced the 112 RPC (Resort Powder Charger) a few years back as an answer to those who were requesting a more “fall-line oriented” 112RP. What does that mean? It means this is DPS’s do-everything ski that performs in a number of conditions, throttle points and types of terrain. Perfect for our test.
We scored the Pure3 construction of this ski. This is the company’s flagship prepreg carbon fiber construction process that yields some of the most lively, stiff and light skis in the world. At 4.4lbs per ski, this was the lightest ski in our test (by a good margin) yet still on the stiffer end of the spectrum…
- Size: 192
- Tip: 144
- Mid: 115 (funny, it’s 115, not 112)
- Tail: 127
- Weight: 4.4lbs (lightest in the test)
- Radius: 20ish
- Camber: rocker, flat, rocker
- Taper: extreme
- Construction: Pure 3 (carbon prepreg, wood, metal stringers)
- Flex: Stiff
- Testers: Nelson, Ares, Smith
Summary: A nimble, versatile ski with great touring capability though it can get a bit unnerving at high speed in variable conditions
Buy if…You want a light ski that tours great and handles a number of snow conditions with ease. The ski rewards precision over brute force. At top speed, especially in variable conditions, you need to be the type of skier who is more “ninja” and less “hold my beer while I try this…”. Forgiving at lower speed so long as it’s kept in the fall-line. If it was a car it’d be a Lotus Esprit, not the General Lee.
Look elsewhere if…You want something that’ll mach in all conditions with ease, you like going straight everywhere, you like setting big radius carves, you are used to big heavy skis with lots of metal that just destroys crud (this dances with crud).
This ski was tested by three skiers ranging in weight from 175-200lbs.
Would you buy this ski? Yes – 2 No – 1
Rating: 3.2 (good)
One tester mentioned “I would definitely buy or recommend these skis as a core piece of someone’s ski quiver and a compliment to a stiffer, straighter big mountain ski.” Another commented, “I liked this ski in the trees in the pow, think run out of Four Pines, but as soon as things got steeper and faster this wasn’t enough ski for me.” Another mentioned “The ski has a fairly agressive sidecut and I really notice this on the groomers where the ski is incredibly fun and zips through turns like no other ski I tried in this test. In open powder the fun continues. Even in fresh snow with heavy wind effect this ski is a blast.”
The holy grail of skis is something like this – Fat enough with ample rocker & taper to surf the deep, skinny enough to not be a handful in harder conditions yet stiff & damp enough to power through crud. Truth is, you can’t have all these traits in one ski. The 112RPC does a great job trying to bring a light, vesratile, more fall-line ski (than the original RP) to fruition. Though it still isn’t a charger, isn’t a pow specific surfer and isn’t a groomer machine it does everything without you feeling like you need to run back to your truck for a different pair of skis as conditions change. The RPC112 Pure3 makes easy work of most of the mountain so long as things stay consistent, smooth or you are a complete technician on skis (ninja).
What we garnered from this test is that the ski is a stand out performer in two areas: light weight and ease of use. The ski is extraordinarily light while still being on the stiffer end of things. For the conditioned pilot, this makes for a weapon both in between the ropes and beyond. To add, the ski is easy at low speed and does what you ask so long as its not too rowdy and by rowdy we mean steep and/or fast in variable snow. It’ll handle those tougher conditions with practice, sure, but if you commonly find yourself saying “hold my beer, watch this” and/or your mother bought you a helmet at an extraordinarily young age, move on, look to something heavier with metal and less sidecut such as the Cochise, Helldorado or similar.
So exactly who is this for? For one, the DPS Wailer RPC 112 is easier to ski than you’d think. Progressing intermediates or top notch skiers who are okay taking it down a notch in variable conditions (older guys), take a hard look. For those who are pushing all the time, the ski still may be your ticket so long as you spend just as much time looking for good snow in the BC as you do in between the ropes. This ski rewards the very balanced skier at high speed in the way a supercar without traction control rewards an extremely precise driver at high speed. Overall however its strength is in its ability to not really let you down no matter what is going on… There may be better skis in every category but there isn’t a more well balanced *lightweight* ski in this here test…
Editor’s Note: Some have commented on the ski’s cost at $1299 retail. It is spendy. If you go for the full carbon version, which is the lightest/highest energy, this will be what you pay as deals are few and far between. However, the company makes an excellent “hybrid” (conventional) layup ski too at $799. Many believe this heavier layup actually performs better in bounds and Earlyups testers who have skied it agree it is damper while still being sub 5lbs/ski.