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DPS Skis Wailer 106 Foundation Ski

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$639.20 $799.00

Item #DPK000K


Tech Specs

168cm, 178cm, 185cm, 191cm
142 / 106 / 125mm
Turn Radius:
[185cm] 18m
rockered tip & tail, camber underfoot
poplar and bamboo, unidirectional carbon, triaxial fiberglass
UHMW sidewalls
World Cup Race (high graphite)
Claimed Weight:
[pair, 178cm] 9lb 6oz
Recommended Use:
big mountain freeride, all-mountain

Updated to wail on more terrain.

If there was any problem with the original Wailer, it was that the ski would only really wail when conditions were soft; otherwise, it sort of felt like the terrain would wail on you instead of vice versa. DPS upgraded the Wailer F106 Foundation Ski to wail on any terrain in just about any condition. Its 106mm waist width, rockered tip, and slightly rockered tail certainly thrive in fresh powder, but camber underfoot ensures edge control on those less-than-powdery days.

Unique to this Wailer Ski is DPS' new Foundation construction, which employs the finest ingredients in order to perform on any terrain with ease. The core blends poppy poplar with shock-absorbing bamboo, and there are stiff carbon and flexible fiberglass inserts that work together to diversify your performance on any terrain. The high graphite World Cup race base ensures a speedy right, while the textured top sheet prevents snow from building up and weighing you down.

  • An all-mountain ski with an appetite for creative lines
  • 106mm waist width floats powder and carves hardpack
  • Rockered tip and tail navigate deep stuff with ease
  • Camber underfoot provides reliable edge control
  • Blended bamboo poplar wood core is poppy and shock-resistant
  • Foundation construction with stiff carbon and flexible fiberglass
  • Durable UHMW sidewalls increase durability and stability
  • DPS crafts innovative skis in the shadow of the Wasatch Mountains
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Would these be good for a 70 / 30 mix of resort skiing / backcountry touring ?

Yes, this would be a great all mountain ski! It is recommended for big mountain free ride and all mountain skiing. This ski is also made out of a bamboo wood core with a foundation construction made out of stiff carbon and fiberglass. This makes it a lightweight ski but a good ski for backcountry touring and resort skiing. Getting a bindings to put on these skis for resort skiing and backcountry touring would make this a great ski for what you want to use it for! If you have any other questions or concerns go ahead and chat in or give us a call at 1-800-409-4502.

Looking at these skis for telemark. I want a quick easy turner for tight trees in VT and won't get hung up in the usually crappy snow we have. Any ski does well in POW when you don't have it very often!

Anywhere from a 95 to a 100 underfoot would be better for turning in tight trees. But if you like the feel of a fatter ski the 106 underfoot would be ideal for your type of skiing.

Blown Away

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought these skis because I wanted to try touring this year. I didn't want to spend a ton of money on some super light setup like the Tour 1 Wailers, so I bought the foundation build. I also wanted something I could still ride in the resort in case i didn't end up liking touring and spent a ton of days in the resort. Needless to say, I love these skis! They hold an edge super well on the groomers, they aren't super heavy, and they still float well and ski aggressively. If you are looking for a ski that can do it all, I would recommend this ski. I would say I good description of it is that it is slightly above average at everything.

Blown Away

dps 106

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

These are one of the funnest skis ive ever been on for groomers!! They are also plane very well in up to 18 inches of powder. Very happy with them, not to stiff but also not to soft. Great west coast ski.

Glide Like A Gillette

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My brother's had these for over a year now. As his first pair from DPS, they won't be his last. He's taken them in both VT & UT and they've been great in each. They're a bit stiffer ski, which is great for those who enjoy it, but they do take a bit more effort. The wide nose helps a lot for those deeper days. It's a great, versatile ski that excels in various conditions.


  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Bought these for the husband, who says: "Got these as my every day resort ski and I was blown away with how great these are. They're great for laying down nice big arcs on groomers and they power through the crud and chop once the fresh powder stashes are tracked out. They handle powder pretty well but if it was above ankle high I would probably break out something a bit wider. Definitely the best skis I've ever ridden and are a perfect one ski quiver."

Awesome ski

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The foundation construction is more damp and stable on hard snow than the pure3 and tour1 constructions, making this ski a great resort ski. Versatile 106 waist is great for all but the deepest days. My daily driver for ski patrol on Mt Hood.

DPS Quality, Priced for the Masses

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Drake Powder Skis (DPS) has garnered quite the cult following over the last recent years. The unmistakeable yellow of the Wailer 112 has been known to grace the softer conditions and backcountry areas though the price made it feel unattainable due to the wonderful but expensive carbon layup. DPS noticed how popular their skis had become and decided to help rachet down the cost while keeping the quality but adding fiberglass, bamboo and poplar to the mix and man, does it work.
The Wailer 106 Foundation was just way more brainless than I expected it to be. You keep yourself a bit ahead of the skis and use a bit of a style where you drive them smoothly and you are rewarded with a pair of skis that will do most anything you tell them to. Any turn radius, speed or conditions, outside of super uneven hard chop, becomes easier than ever.
Does it float as well as its wider bretheren? Of course not, but it floats more than well for a mid-100 waist daily driver. The only other downside is that the strongest skiers or skiers with abrupt movements in ultra firm conditions will not unlock the full potential.
The Wailer 108 Foundation is a great every day driver for any intermediate to advanced semi-finesse skier who gets into more versatile softer conditions.

Recommended Sizing Guide

Your ski size is largely determined by both your skiing ability and your preferred style of skiing. For example, an expert skier in Vermont will ski a far different ski than an expert in British Columbia. So take a look at our chart and explanations and find your perfect fit. Your weight also plays a large factor in finding the right ski. If you are either under or over average weight for your height consider downsizing or upsizing, respectively.

Men's / Unisex Alpine Skis
 Big-Mountain FreerideBackcountry JibAll-MountainPark & PipeAll-Mountain Carve
Pro 180 - 200cm 180 - 190cm 180 - 190cm 175 - 185cm 175 - 185cm
Expert 170 - 180cm 175 - 185cm 170 - 180cm 160 - 180cm 170 - 185cm
Intermediate 160 - 180cm 160 - 180cm 160 - 180cm 160 - 180cm 160 - 175cm
Entry Level N/A N/A 150 - 170cm 150 - 170cm 150 - 170cm


Pro: Excels on any terrain, on any snow condition. Enjoys high speeds.

Expert: Comfortable on any terrain and most snow conditions.

Intermediate: Comfortable on Blue trails, exploring Black trails.

Entry Level: Learning to ski Green and Blue trails.


Big-Mountain Freeride: High speeds, deep powder, steep lines, straightlining, chutes, cliffs.

Backcountry Jib: Backcountry kickers, hucking, twintips, deep powder.

All-Mountain: From bumps to back bowls, groomers to glades; everything and anywhere on the mountain.

Park & Pipe: De-tuned edges and buttery twin tips, occasionally pole-impaired.

All-Mountain Carve: Stiff. High-speed corduroy cutter. For those blind to SLOW signs.