DPS Pagoda Tour 112 Ski, First ride report
The long awaited younger cousin of the ever popular, DPS Wailer 112, the DPS Pagoda Tour 112 combines the world class banana boat shape with a tight radius and even lighter construction to create the perfect lightweight pow day touring ski. This lightweight ski is an instant favorite for the alpine start all day touring mission or quick morning cone laps before work. Lets dive into some more specs and info below.
The 184cm skis I tested came in at a surprising 3240 grams for the pair (not including the binding) which is far lighter than the other industry leading skis in a 112 waist width. Paired with a Marker Kingpin 13 binding and DPS branded Pomoca skins, my first impression was how light this whole combo is compared to other pow skis. The uphill capabilities were as expected, quick glide, more or less effortless trucking along with the only limiting factor being my fitness level. For being reminiscent of large boats on the bottom of my boots, the folks at DPS have really nailed the weight to shred-ability of the Pagoda tour 112s. With the Ash and paulownia stringers and Aerospace-grade foam core, these skis rip through crud and can be your hard charger but also give you PR’s on the skin track.
Where these skis shine is on the steep tight turns in the trees. The 15m radius lends to great pow slaying maneuverability and control and, to be honest, make me look like a better skier than I am. Which is always the goal, right? The over exaggerated tip and tail rocker make it feel like you’re floating on a cloud above the ground and help you stay afloat even in the deep and light stuff. I opted for a ski that was a couple of centimeters longer than my average carving or daily driver ski since the skiable length of the Pagoda tour is quite a bit shorter than the quoted ski length. My one complaint is that I felt pretty backseat given the recommended mount point is fairly far back on the ski for a powder ski. Next time I ski these I would try to dial in the feel a little bit more and put the bindings at +1cm or so.
Overall, I am pretty stoked on these skis for the first ride out on a 6 inch powder day on the Cone before work. The weight made it easy to power through 3 hot laps and the construction kept me grinning through many face shots. This is truly a lightweight touring ski that has the uncompromised downhill capabilities that we all know and love from DPS.