DPS has long been on the forefront of pushing the envelope of ski shaping and construction. From the first (and only) to produce a prepreg carbon ski to their multitude of original shapes, its always fun to see what the Wasatch based company has up their sleeve. For 2013/2014 DPS has trickled down their convex base technology into the Lotus 138 and Lotus 120 skis. Take a look for all the info and a few more goodies from one of the most interesting companies out there…
DPS has been playing around with convex base technology for the last couple seasons. The company launched its flagship 148mm underfoot “spoon” model for this season which is an extremely specialized ski. As excited as we were about a new shaping concept the lack of any sort of versatility and the massive platform had us a bit turned off as this was clearly a “quiver” ski to be taken out a select few times during a season.
Fast forward to next season. DPS has applied 3D base technology, called “spooning” to the Lotus 138 and 120 line. We couldn’t be more stoked to get on these sticks.
Again, for those that don’t know, we’re huge fans of the McConkey turn. There is something about releasing your edge in 3D snow while still traveling down the fall line while pressuring the ski in such a way that allows you to either shift direction or dump speed. Its one of the best feelings in snow. So, the thought of any technology making this easier to do gets us excited.
Spooning will only be featured in the company’s new pure layup (called pure 3) and only in the Lotus models.
Manufacturing Location Change & New Layup
All DPS skis are now going to be built in the good ole’ US of A as opposed to oversees. This should give DPS a bit more manufacturing agility not to mention its just plain cool. In addition, the company is revising its carbon layup for next season. Details are sparse but they’re dubbing it “pure 3”. Expect more information in the (very) near term.
The ‘Beyond Faceshots’ story continues with the introduction of the most advanced deep powder ski on earth. Designed exclusively for the best heli/cat/backcountry days, the Spoon features a convex 3-D shovel combined with a single-radius underfoot rocker and radical edge bevel for the ultimate in powder surfing sensation. The Spoon draws upon years of experience gained from refining the Lotus 138 and Lotus 120. TheSpoon is a ski that requires very little up-and-down movement in deep powder providing incredibly fast slarving and angulated skiing with powerful reeling vertical sprays.
158/148/151 | Radius: N/A
Pure3 Construction only
Lotus 138 Spoon
Seven seasons of Alaskan R+D, but comfortably at home in the Wasatch, Tetons, or Alps, the Lotus 138 was the first rockered ski with sidecut ever built. For 2013, the Lotus 138 incorporates the benefits of Spoon research and development, and receives a dramatic redesign that features a spooned convex shovel along with a new flex profile. The already iconic shape combines carbon’s power and precision with featherweight lightness in an unrivaled concoction bred for those who live for the art of riding deep snow.
Pure: 143/138/140 (unconventional) | Radius: N/A
Hybrid: 140/138/139 (unconventional) | Radius: N/A
Sizes: 182cm, 192cm
*Spoon Technology in Pure models only
Lotus 120 Spoon
The original and often imitated 120mm class powder pintail that started it all. For 2013, the Lotus 120 gains a convex base design in the tip borrowed from the groundbreaking Spoon. If you are looking for a directional charger, and are not a fan of tail rocker, there is simply no substitute. The Lotus 120’s shaping is optimized for deep snow; a 600mm tapered and rockered shovel combined with Spoon technology gives the Lotus 120 early planing ability and increased slarvability, while the flex pattern and geometry provides skiers unrivaled balance and ball-of-the-foot driven powder performance.
Pure: 140/122/126 | Radius: 35m
Hybrid: 140/120/124| Radius 43m
Sizes: 178cm, 189cm, 197cm
*Spoon Technology in Pure models only