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DPS Pagoda Tour 106 Ski


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If you find yourself skinning up the approach to a popular powder-lapping spot with the hopes of scoring a few pre-dawn turns before the masses track things out, you'd be forgiven for thinking that the folks you pass in the skintrack were on their way to a day of heli-served runs at Thompson Pass, or riding lifts at Niseko. Uber-wide, rockered powder ski designs have taken over the North American backcountry -- from Smuggler's Notch to Jones Pass, Shuksan Arm to Mt. Tallac -- and our collective idea of an everyday ski has quickly swung toward the fat and surfy end of the spectrum. For the "wide-is-right" skier who can't imagine going smaller than 100 millimeters underfoot, but also wants to put in more vert before sunup than their similarly-engorged brethren, DPS's Pagoda 106 is a hard-snow tool in the guise of a face-shots-everyday pontoon. Basing the ski around the foam core common to their Pagoda line, DPS took their liberally-wide, but conservatively rockered Wailer 106 shape and gave it an even damper, more stable ride with the same easy-turning feel, and secure edge hold on hard snow for those moments when you find yourself jump-turning your way down a chalky north face. Best of all, at under 1500g for the 179cm length, the Pagoda Tour 106 won't have you begging for a mechanical up-lift after a thousand meters of hooting and hollering.

  • Pagoda skis took the most cherished characteristics of the Tour1 and Alchemist/Pure3 lines to create a smooth-skiing, and happily-charging setup.
  • Ash and paulownia stringers lead to a light ski on the ascent, uber-damp feel in variable conditions, and a lovely experience in powder.
  • Aerospace-grade foam gives impressive damping qualities while keeping the ski light weight.
  • Textured polyamide topsheet keeps snow and ice off the top of your ski so you can constantly admire the simple, yet elegant artistic design.
  • World Cup race-grade base material makes for quick skis on the downhill, and goes well with DPS's Phantom 2.0 treatment.
  • The Chassis Two (C2) rocker-camber profile is built to maximize the combination of the flex pattern and sidecut, creating an ultra-smooth skiing experience.
Lengths (cm) 155, 163, 171, 179, 184
convert to ounces
1260g [155]
1345g [163]
1450g [171]
1560g [179]
1615g [184]
Weight (pair) 2520g [155]
2690g [163]
2900g [171]
3120g [179]
3230g [184]
Dimensions   126-106-115 [155]
128-106-116 [163]
130-106-117 [171]
132-106-119 [179]
134-106-120 [184]
Turn Radius   19m [All Lengths]
Skin Fix   Rounded tip and tail
Specs Verified Yes
Profile   Rockered tip, camber underfoot, slight tail rocker
Shape   Rockered tip, medium radius, tail rocker
Construction   Full cap with wood stringers
Core   Aerospace-grade foam with ash and paulownia stringers
Skimo Co Says
Usage Powder touring with a pleasant surprise when the powder is gone
Notes Evolution of DPS' Chassis shaping for maximum versatility
Bottom Line An everyday western resort ski, but for the backcountry instead
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Questions & Reviews

Question from Stephanie
But are the Pagoda Tour 106's a super stiff flexing ski or just sort of stiffer than say the old Zelda Tour 106 skis? I am not a big person (5'3") so need to be able to flex them. I bought a pair of super stiff skis once and they just skittered around on hardback roads in the backcountry because I could not flex them.
Answer from Zak M
Hey Stephanie, thanks for the question. Overall the flex profiles are fairly different and because of the new construction in the Pagoda Tour line, the two skis will be quite different. The old Zelda was a relatively soft ski and may be considered not the greatest in variable snow, while the new Pagoda 106 is a pretty hard-charging touring ski and has equal prowess going from powder to hardpack. While maybe not the stiffest ski overall, I would say It requires a strong intermediate to advance level technique in order to get the most of that ski. Let us know if you have any more questions!
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Question from Anthony O
Who gets the nod, the dynastar m-tour 99 or this guy? M-tour is lighter, but is this that much more damp/stable? What's easier to make a variety of turn shapes and has a looser surfier feel?
Answer from Brett S
Thanks for your question, Anthony. Both are good skis, however, the entire Pagoda lineup will be more damp, stable, and less prone to deflection. The M-Tour has a flatter tail and thus will have a more "locked in" while the Pagoda Tour 106 will be easier to break out of a turn. If you're after a versatile and surfy ski that can make a variety of turns, the Pagoda Tour 100 RP is definitely worth looking at.
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Question from Mike
Hello! I currently have Voile Hyperchargers at 171cm. I like the look of these, being a tad heavier/having full sidewalls for a more damp feel and a little more control in variable/harder conditions, and possibly a bit more playful with more tail rocker? I am generally seeking out soft snow in relatively mellow terrain in the Wasatch and I do not ski super fast by any means. How would you compare them? Thanks!
Answer from eric
Mike-I think you hit the mark with your thoughts of the DPS. With its sidewall and new core it is a lot better on hard snow and definitely more damp. The tail rocker makes the tail easy to slide out if you want to dump speed quickly. The hypercharger is a more turny ski with a more lively, playful feel.
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Question from Kate
Struggling with length decision...I am 5'6" 145 lbs, advanced resort skier, conservative backcountry skier. Ski a 168 Soul 7 currently .
Answer from Julieana
Hi Kate, generally with touring skis people tend to go shorter than their resort skis because by going shorter you save some weight and gain some maneuverability so unless you feel like that 168 Soul 7 isn't enough ski for you I would say you'll probably want to go for the 163.
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Question from brgormz
which version of the DPS Pagoda Tour 106 is this? is it the 'C2'?
Answer from jbo
Hi brgormz, yes it's the C2! Looks like we failed to add that nomenclature, but DPS only makes one version of each width Pagoda Tour.
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Question from Nathan F
I like the sound of these, but have never liked the DPS Tour 1 series due to their extremely soft flex profile and lack of edge control on firm snow. Are these quite a bit stiffer than the Tour 1 series? I'm a pretty big guy, so I tend to like skis that are a little sturdier than the DPS tour offerings of the past.
Answer from Cole P
Hey Nathan, the new Pagoda construction is significantly stiffer than the Tour 1 construction both torsionally and longitudinally. DPS re-designed their touring skis creating a powerful yet light ski that can compare to their Alchemist skis.
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Model: 106C2 Pagoda Tour - Touring

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