Advanced freeride skier
Craig's rating of this ski:
Considering his skiers profile:
"All-mountain skis will be my choice when conditions vary from firm to 6" of fresh snow. Better edge hold and carving capabilities should be expected compared to my powder skis. They should be competent in crud and soft bumps."
Weight:82 kg180 lbs
My favourite all-mountain skis:
1. Renoun Endurance 98
2. Liberty Variant 113
2. Rossignol Experience 88 HD
To all my reviews
Stiff, moderately heavy, quick turn initiation, fun!
DPS will have a graph on their future 2015-16 website that is very helpful. It divides the type of snow conditions into four categories, and lists within these conditions where each of their skis excel. This is the best ski guide I have seen to date, and from my experience so far....is accurate. I chose to test one of their two current skis in the Hybrid T2 line, which are their only skis with titanal metal laminate in the layup. DPS will expand the Hybrid T2 lineup for 2015-16, appealing to those skiers who prefer the heavier, damper, characteristics of a metal ski (like myself). Skis of this quality, in this approximate 105mm underfoot width, make me want a permanent, personal three ski quiver( or more) here in Colorado.
When I pulled the Wailer 105 out of the box, it had a fresh tune, performed at the DPS headquarters in Utah. The ski has a more traditional shape, compared to the multi point sidecut, common to much of the DPS line. This T2 is moderately heavy in weight, and stiff. I reviewed these during a period of warm spring conditions, over a few weeks, skiing nearly every day. Conditions varied from great consistent-to-inconsistent skied off groomers, shallow corn, deep corn, refrozen crust, thick crud, and 2-6 inches of fresh. The Wailer 105 Hybrid T2 prefers to initiate the turn from the tip of the ski, always driving your shins into the tongue of your boot. Skiers with a strong neutral stance and good angulation, will be able to take full advantage of this skis attributes. On groomers with consistent snow, this 28m radius ski makes beautiful short, medium, and long radius turns, and is stable at speed. It has a unique, well damped, "fiberglass..e" sound and feel, that I grew fond of, the more I skied it. The stiff tails smack down with a clack, when the ski is running flat over uneven cut up surfaces. When the groomers became skied off, and inconsistent, with shiny spots, the 105 reminds you that these are not its preferred conditions, but still allows you to enjoy the ride back to the lift, with its good edge hold, and stability.
I was shocked at how well the stiff 105 performed in the bumps. Quick turn initiation, and the tails did not hang up in the deep trough zipper lines. This ski is moderately damp for such a stiff ski. There is a slight variation in the flex of the front section of the 105, where the rockered tip meets the low camber section. This was comfortably managed as I became familiar with the sweet spot ( balance point) of this ski. Diving the tips at speed into a firm or icy bump face, reminded me to control my speed. As the corn became deeper, the bumps became increasingly more fun, and when I did get in the back seat, the tail of this ski, like, "Auto Return" kicked me right back into position for the next bump. The 105 encouraged me to load the tail, as I would progress through a angulated carve turn.
Crud and powder
In the thick spring rethawed mushy crud in the Vail back bowls, the 105 was torsionally stable and carved beautifully. I had several nice wet overhead face shots in the deep corn on the Genghis bumps in China bowl, on a sunny 60 degree day. On my last day we received 3 inches at the bottom, and 6 inches near the top. The refrozen firm snow underneath the fresh, was easy to dig into. The Hybrid T2 performed excellent in the soft bumps. It's stiff flex does reduce flotation, but the ski flowed and carved predictably and smoothly through the untracked areas. Softer flexing skis tend to enhance flotation as the snow gets deeper, and can be more forgiving, but not necessarily better. I'm going to have a hard time returning this Wailer to DPS, as it has become one of my new favorites
Tested length 185cm-"Ideal"
Mount position-factory recommended midsole position-"Ideal"
Recommended tune: (1.5 bottom-2 degree side for All-Mountain skis) ( 2 bottom-2 degree side for their Powder Line) Marker Griffon adjustable bindings, set at 9 din
This ski is best suited for
- skiers that prefer a heavier, moderately damp, and stiff ski
- skiers that prefer a stout tail (auto return)
- skiers who take advantage of the whole mountain including bumps -those looking for a ski to perform in the conditions as described by the DPS graph
- skiers looking for a nice blend of slower speed finesse qualities, and high speed stability and dampness, in one ski
- great one ski quiver for the western US skier
DPS about the Wailer 105
"The Wailer 105 is an iconic workhorse in the DPS quiver that comes in both Pure3 and Hybrid T2 constructions. The 105 is the mixed snow/frontside choice that underwent a dramatic redesign in 14/15. It features a new sidecut design, and new tip and tail rocker profiles. The 105 is a the big-mountain ski for alpine-oriented resorts, or alternatively a powder board for shallower snow climates where greater hard snow/frontside versatility is needed by midday. For those who prefer the solid drive of a flat-tailed mixed snow ski, the Wailer 105 excels on both sides of the rope.", says DPS.
Experience 100 HD Ti