The Helio construction is Black Diamond’s next step in carbon-fiber evolution. Noticeably more damp than BD’s prior carbon skis, the Helios have a layer of rubber in the sidewall near your heel to reduce vibration. The torsional stiffness and progressive flex come from a carbon fiber wrap around a balsa flax core, protected by a full ABS sidewall. As importantly, the Helios are eas..
The 95 is the flagship touring width of the new Zero G series. Designed with heaps of secret experience building skis for other brands, these are no introductory models. A unique 3D fiber layer called Carbon Drive spans the entire ski, offering torsional rigidity and stability throughout. Full-length sidewalls offer some durability and dampness to the ultralight Paulownia wood core..
The Cassiar 95 is an all-mountain shape that often tricks us into thinking it’s a big-mountain ski. Of course, we’re used to race skis and not the 138mm wide Lotus Spoon which put DPS on the map. Maybe one day Stephen Drake (DPS founder) will return our helicopter he borrowed.
In the meantime, we will ski with confidence on these planks. They are stable and fun. Another hit shap..
If your objective with skiing is to go as light as possible without sacrificing even a bit of the ability to rail turns like your alpine gear, then look no further. Salomon’s MTN Explore 95 is the carving, floating, smile-inducing ripper designed to charge in any terrain. A 3D Full Woodcore construction reinforces the ski where it’s needed and drops weight in superfluous areas that..
The Hannibal is Fischer’s 96mm powder-hunting, ice-carving powerhouse. The Hannibal is built on a high-tech Paulownia wood core with carbon stringers that extend tip-to-tail. This reduces the overall density of the ski and boosts surface-area-to-weight ratio. The long-turn radius and Sandwich Sidewalls are unique features that serve multiple purposes. High-speed stability, surefoot..
Fewer nanotubes! Well, we didn’t actually count them. But since it’s a skinnier ski, it’s reasonable to assume there are fewer nanotubes in the new Vapor Svelte as compared to the Nano.
It’s also reasonable to assume the new ski performs as well as its standard-setting elder. The Svelte shares the same impressive-yet-semi-secret manufacturing process that enables La Sportiva to ..
A ski made in North American called the Super Maximo would probably be 200mm wide. But this Ski Trab model is Italian so it measures less than half of that. And Super it is, with impressive float and steering due to the Low Omega Profile design. That means the thickness and flex varies along the length of the ski, offering stiffening edge hold in some areas and maneuverable flex in..
The Mythic 97 is like getting two skis in one! Essentially a hybrid of an alpine carver and a backcountry floater, it has a special feel. Turning on edge feels very solid on hard snow as if it’s running on rails. Get into soft or mixed snow and the generous tip with ample rocker will keep you going fast. It’s nimble through trees due to the short radius yet doesn’t have a problem o..
Wide, ample rocker, generous power, and somehow still light enough to skin back up again and again. Movement’s Control ski sports Light Rocker 12, providing flotation in challenging terrain while not reducing stability in hard snow at speed. ABS Sidewalls are sandwiched underfoot to improve edge hold on technical lines and reduce chatter at high speeds. A trusty, lively, and lightw..
Hooray for women! The DPS Nina ski is now available in the Tour construction. That means one of the most popular downhill skis of all time should become one of the most popular touring skis of all time. For good reason: the generous rocker and PaddleTech geometry make skiing easy. The women’s lengths are appropriate for skiing and touring. The 99 refers to the waist-width, which is..
It’s now okay to indulge. Many folks have been waiting for DPS to make a touring line to complement their awesome resort skis. Thank you DPS for obliging.
Slightly softer than the Pure3 line, the Wailer 99 Tour1s maintain a high degree of torsional stiffness and still ski like a dream. And now you don’t have to ride lifts or pay the price on the uphill. These are lightweight pow..
Despite being a smaller mountain than Cho Oyu or Nanga Parbat, Denali won the naming rights to the biggest ski in Dynafit’s family of ultralight mountaineering skis. If you consider that prominence is often a better measuring stick than pure elevation, then the naming could be spot on. Denali’s 20,073 feet of height above its surroundings easily surpasses the others (7,677 and 15,1..
Similar in shape and size to the Denali, the Dhaulagiri is not the same ski. It is much more damp, playful, and forgiving. Built with a layup more similar to the Manaslu series, the orange screamers are fun and robust, at the expense of several extra ounces. The paulownia core has some poplar mixed in which adds a bit of rebound and strength. It also reduces vibration, as does the ..
Alp Tracks is a limited ski series from Movement that requires a manual finishing process that squeezes fiber layers together to reduce weight. Never before has a 100mm wide ski been made this light and robust. The skis are lined with a mini-ABS sidewall that absorbs shock underfoot. Coupled with a special rubber/fiberglass mix in the tip, the Alp Tracks 100 is surprisingly damp fo..
The term “one-ski-quiver” is a moving target, highly dependent on what you like to ski and when. The Voile V6 could be one of these select skis for backcountry touring in powder-ful areas of the West. Voile is known for making durable skis that retain their value, performance, and usability over the years. A lightweight aspen wood core keeps offers good flotation per gram without s..
Flaunting a generous number of accolades and winning multiple awards, the Supercharger represents the culmination of Voile’s 35+ years of ski building experience. Built using Voile’s Hybrid Rocker profile, the Supercharger likes to float, float, and float. The tip rocker contributes to flotation in soft snow, but also helps it stay in charge while skiing the more challenging condit..
Nanotubes! Now in skis! La Sportiva has raised the bar significantly with the jump in technology found in the new Vapor Nano ski. We are so impressed we made it our first ski wider than 100mm underfoot!
A pre-preg resin matrix reinforced with carbon nanotubes (the strongest and stiffest fibers yet discovered) allows for a revolutionary weight to surface area. The skis are litera..
The 105 is the fattest ski in the Helio lineup (except for one that is too fat). With the ample waist, it’s obviously more of a powder hound than the 88 and 95. That said, the ski has the same construction and dampening system found on the other skis in the line that make hard snow not just bearable but fun. The Helio 105 is a good option for a one-ski quiver for folks that hunt fo..
The 106 is not just a new width for the Wailer. It also features a new tip shape and profile designed to eliminate worry about your tip shape and profile. If you prefer to just ski and not think about your skis and how to turn them, check out the 106. It’s an easy-skiing ski with a smooth flex and a weight that won’t give your legs a hangover. The Wailer 106 Tour1 is a backcountry ..
The Legend of Zelda was an awesome video game from the 80s. The Zelda 106 Tour1 is DPS ski that may soon become legend amongst female backcountry skiers. That’s because it offers easy skiing performance in just about every condition story-tellers will encounter. The 106mm waist will keep it afloat in powder and crud, while the 18-meter radius keeps it nimble on harder snow and in t..
With the Alp Tracks line, Movement has levelled up in their quest for the perfect lightweight backcountry skis. Using a labor-intensive carbon fiber construction process, the Swiss company has managed to make skis much wider than their previously top-end X-series designs, which topped out at 89mm underfoot. The AlpTracks build process uses the highest quality carbon fiber arranged ..
Watch your waistline! It’s starting to creep up with the 108, which of course means you enjoy eating a lot of powder. Probably for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Maybe even fourth meal. If you can’t get enough of the soft stuff, and want a ski to point right down it, check out the Zero G 108. Blizzard used the same impressive Carbon Drive construction as the other Zero Gs, but pushed..
Alchemy involves turning base metals into gold. The DPS Alchemist skis turn average skiers into great ones. It’s a pretty simple-yet-powerful formula: Wailer shape/profile + 112mm of width + dampened carbon construction = amazing skiing.
The Wailer shape has been a hit for years with its easy turn initiation and integrated rockered profile. The 112 underfoot version is fat enoug..
The Wailer 112 started a new comparison category for us called “excess fat”. Sure, DPS made the touring version of its iconic resort ski light enough to carry uphill. But skiing back down on it is cheating, pure and simple. The rockered profile perfectly integrated with the buttery sidecut makes skiing too easy. You can lean forward in powder as if you’re skiing groomers, and no on..
Ladies, if you’re a glutton for powder, please meet the Yvette Tour1. The ever-popular Wailer/Yvette shape can now be safely carried uphill and ripped back down on the deepest of days. DPS used it’s Tour1 layup, including the carbon and glass laminates, to make this version light and stable. The shape and profile is DPS’ signature: generous rocker integrated into an easy shape. The..
The Aski Blue Moon wants to be skied fast in powder and chop. At 116mm underfoot with a double rocker, the Blue Moon will float on the deepest snow. Yet the underfoot sidecut approaches the tip of the ski for ultimate edge hold. Weighing in at 1540g, the Blue Moon is light enough to save energy for crushing the down. Built with CarbonShell technology and lots of rubber and Kevlar l..
If you’re not content simply skiing powder and instead want to levitate down the mountain, the Vapor Float was made for you. La Sportiva has made the ultimate floater, aptly named. Using the same carbon nanotube construction as the Nano and Svelte, the 117mm underfoot monster has an unrivalled surface-to-weight ratio. The Float is a ski you can safely lift up and down the mountain ..
You can probably ski on water with these. If you want to avoid penetrating said water, skin track, or deep powder, check out the DPS Lotus 124 Tour1. We won’t carry them uphill for you, but apparently they aren’t too bad to lug up there, and reportedly the smile-size makes up for them on the way down. If moderation is not your thing, the generous rocker, waist-width, and easy-skiin..
From time to time we sell used demo skis and new sample skis that we obtained as part of our worldwide search for quality lightweight ski gear. We offer great deals, typically selling the samples at or below our cost. We got to see them, you get to ski them. Win, win.
Dynastar Pierra Menta RC - Rocker Carbon race skis from 2015/16, in either 150cm or 160cm lengths. These are Wor..