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 quiver of one.
- Chassis-driven rocker and sidecut is an integrated design.
- Flexible profile lets you adjust your turn radius with ease.
- Nylon topsheets are nick-resistant and painted bluebird.
- Balsa wood core and carbon wraps provide smooth flex.
- Hard P-Tex bases and Rockwell 48 edges make it a daily driver.
|Lengths (cm)||168, 178|
|Weight (pair)||2740g 
|Skin Fix||Rounded tips & tails|
|Profile||Light rocker tip & tail, camber underfoot|
|Shape||Smooth curve integrated with rocker|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Notes||New shape to go with new width|
|Bottom Line||Easy skiing tourer|
|Compare to other High-fat Skis|
Questions & Reviews
I chose the 106's after borrowing a buddy's 99's and also demo'ing the 112's, feeling that the moderated tip/tail rocker would suit hardpack use a bit more, and that the 99's were too sidecutty for my liking. The ski immediately fit the bill for deep days but also for unconsolidated/mixed conditions of any kind, from overcooked corn to chunder. What surprised me most was the flex. Relative to the 99's I felt that the ski had a hard time moving into the front seat and engaging the full ski through a turn, as the tips preferred to pull out of the arc and "rocker" through to the finish. Similarly, defensive backseat skiing required more strength/heft than with the other Wailers I had skied, which allowed me to get a lot of power and control out of sloppy, out of control skiing. None of this is a bad thing, but it did take a half dozen days to get use to the unconventional flex pattern, coupled with the rocker and sidecut.
All told, skiing soft snow on these is just plain fun -- whether you're dealing with a 2 inch or 2 foot storm, dry or wet, bridged or unbridged. Where the Wailer 106's got a bit funky on me was on steeper, firmer snow. I couldn't shake the feeling that the ski was "squirming" or 'wiggling" a bit when I tried to edge into a slower turn, or hop the skis around. This was especially pronounced in windbuff situations where I had trouble checking my speed coming out of powdery pockets and onto buffed sections. For sure, this is the reaction of someone who usually skis 75-85mm skis in such conditions, but it's also a weakness of a more powder-oriented platform.
All told, this is a great ski for rallying soft snow with speed and confidence, but I'll stick with my Euro widths for 80 percent of the skiing I do. I also want to experiment with some other boot/binding combos. This past winter I was running Plum Guides, which have a higher ramp angle than most tech bindings (that compensated for some of the rocker throw), but some low-ramp Plum 170s might be a fair swap. I skied the Wailers with Alien RS as well as the Sportiva Spitfires -- the Spitfires are stiffer and thus more versatile, but the RS was plenty of boot for deep days.
Note, I got these as a factory 2nd from a local shop, though I can't imagine that affects the performance to any noticeable degree.
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