As the lightest and skinniest ski in the DPS touring lineup, the Cassiar 87 Tour1 is likely to get picked on by his peers. We like to stick up for such poor souls because they will probably have the last laugh. The 87 is a classic touring ski with a medium waist that seems to handle whatever is below without complaint. Tougher than it looks, the 87 carves up corn and eats through chowder. Enough to make you hungry for more. With a light balsa wood core and classic size, the Cassiar won’t tire you out if you have seconds. And when you go back for third and fourth helpings, it won’t implode since it has World Cup quality base material and hardened steel edges. The Cassiar 87 is a future classic.
- Balsa core is capped with a tough nylon topsheet that you can eat off.
- Rockwell 48 edges can scarf down those chocolate chips in spring.
- Pre-preg carbon and glass fiber laminates are yummy cake layers.
- Hard, textured race bases offer smooth sliding down a snow gullet.
|Lengths (cm)||169, 178|
|Weight (pair)||2440g 
|Skin Fix||Rounded tip & tail|
|Profile||Early rise tip, camber underfoot, flater tail|
|Shape||Medium sidecut, tapered tips & tails|
|Construction||Polyamide cap w/ carbon laminates|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Notes||Made in SLC|
|Bottom Line||DPS version of classic touring|
|Compare to other Mid-fat Skis|
Questions & Reviews
That said, I am very disappointed with the Cassiar Tour 1 skis for telemarking. I wanted a lightweight backcountry spring ski which could handle variable conditions.
This ski skis well on hardpack only, which defeats the purpose of getting a lightweight touring ski! This ski should only be made in the Alchemist or Foundation versions for skiing groomers which it does well although the tour version needs more mass.
I skied these a couple of days inbounds and had fun but that is not my thing. I skied them in the backcountry in a couple inches of powder on a somewhat soft spring base having great difficulty initiating turns due to the stiff tails. I also skied them in mixed conditions (normal for spring in Colorado). The only place they did well was on hard snow with a thin layer of corn. I do not recommend these skis in the Tour 1 version, they are not a good touring ski except on the climb. I suppose if you are into skinning up ski resorts these skis would be perfect, you could beat everyone else up the mountain!
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