Well, I guess this is our two days of DPS genuflection: absolution for our sin of not blogging enough about DPS. Today, I reprint their press materials and embed video regarding their new skinny planks. If I do say so myself, verrrry interesting. Perhaps they’re seeing some potential in the EU market? Or the DPS boys are getting older and tired of hauling around mega planks during ski tours?
Press release follows, lightly edited.
DPS is proud to announce the launch of the new Wailer 99 (121/99/108; 168cm, 176cm, 184cm) and Nina 99 (121/99/108; 168cm, 176cm) (the latter is the women’s version of the Wailer 99, in glacier blue). They are both 2012/13 products, available to order now, and shipping the first week of December 2011. Limited quantities exist due to the mid-season release.
The Wailer 99/Nina 99 is the Daily Driver, redefined. The Wailer 99/Nina 99 is set to become the new standard for all-mountain/all-condition shapes. Based on the award-winning Wailer 112RP platform, the Wailer 99 exhibits similar versatility in a narrower package. The Wailer 99/Nina 99 utilizes the Wailer 112’s 3-D PaddleTech Geometry™ -DPS’ original blend of rocker and variable sidecut. PaddleTech Geometry™ allows the skier to engage the Wailer 99/Nina 99’s slightly cambered 18m underfoot turn radius while charging g-loaded carves on harder snow. When the snow becomes mixed or soft, the skier draws on the gradually rockered paddle sections of the tip and tail to access longer, variable turn radii, slarves, and off-edge control. The Wailer 99/Nina 99 gives you the best of on-edge and off-edge performance, and the ability to get creative in the most versatile 100mm underfoot package ever designed.
These models are offered in limited quantities. They will sell out quickly. After sellout, the Wailer 99 or Nina 99 skis won’t be available until summer pre-order 2012. See our website for ordering.
WildSnow.com publisher emeritus and founder Lou (Louis Dawson) has a 50+ years career in climbing, backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. He was the first person in history to ski down all 54 Colorado 14,000-foot peaks, has authored numerous books about about backcountry skiing, and has skied from the summit of Denali in Alaska, North America’s highest mountain.