This is a ski to get excited about. The hypothetical Holy Grail of ski layups combines the right balance of lightness with powerful rebound characteristics and adequate damping. Usually, the achievement of one of these qualities comes at the expense or detriment of the others. In this Powderworks build, we have taken our versatile, yet playful new 100RP shape and optimized the rocker profile for a wide range of backcountry conditions. We then mated it with a no-holds-barred, no-expense-spared high strength aerospace foam coupled with a fresh carbon laminate. While ultra-lightweight touring skis usually resemble uninspiring, moldy potato chips on the way down, we present a 100RP that is a rare breed of wild animal. It’s a ridiculously light sidewall construction that is not only the ultimate in uphill performance for the biggest, longest missions, but is a joy to actually ski. The low swing weight combined with high torsional stiffness and springy rebound performance enable effortless and powerful transitions from edge-to-edge, and subsequently transmit unique, blissful sensations through the boots and soul of the rider. Enjoy.
DPS Powderworks: A Primer.
The Powderworks moniker denotes the bleeding edge of DPS ski design: a graduation of collective insight coming to life. These are the creations that ignite the excitement of our internal team, as individual and collective imaginations begin the early exploration phase.
Think of them as skunkworks offerings from DPS’ R+D Lab, comprising the most progressive designs on the planet—a taste of what’s to come for the masses—but debuted in limited batches for those craving a first bite.
Powderworks formally launched during Dreamtime 2014, with a small batch of limited-run skis. The tradition has continued for Dreamtime-exclusive Powderworks releases. Some are never reproduced again, while others have gone on to become mainstays in the DPS Quiver.
Powderworks™ Wailer 100 RP Tour Construction
The Powderworks Tour construction marks a significant breakthrough in carbon ski technology. Never before have skis this lightweight exhibited this level of damping and dynamic edge-to-edge power and downhill performance. If we’re honest, we struggled through our decision to label them ‘touring’ skis because the clear consensus from the field is that their downhill performance transcends the category.
- Pure prepreg carbon fiber laminate with proprietary dampening additives
- Skunkworks high modulus structural foam core with wood stringers
- Textured polyamide topsheet
- Full UHMW sidewalls
- Fastest and hardest World Cup race bases
- Rockwell 48 steel edges
An All-new, High Modulus Laminate
The latest DPS carbon laminate marks another leap forward for us as the established industry leader.
DPS pioneered the first full carbon prepreg sandwich ski in 2005, and has been refining the technology ever since. Our laminates have evolved steadily over the years to optimize performance, damping, and durability. Freshly hatched after some busy months on the R+D block, this new run of Powderworks models feature the absolute latest and most advanced carbon layup in the world.
Reinvention of the F word.
Foam cores have historically received a bad rap in the ski world; the F word (foam) is often associated with cheap rental skis. When foam is placed in fiberglass skis, they are known to breakdown after a couple weeks of hard skiing due to cheap foam mated with inferior resins and laminates. Enter aerospace grade foams that feature incredible physical properties at minimal weight. When mated with DPS’ proprietary carbon laminate, a special alchemy emerges—uniquely powerful, energetic, damp, and durable—these skis come alive under your feet. Make no mistake, DPS uses the finest materials found anywhere. Our foam and carbon laminate is the same found in fighter jet wings and Special Ops helicopter blades.
Base, Topsheet, Sidewall, Edges.
The best of the best.
Drawing from our inline skis, these Powderworks offerings feature the finest polyamide textured topsheets, carbon infused World Cup race bases, UHMW sidewalls, and narrow profile Rockwell 48 steel edges.