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Pros Exceptional float, shmeary turn shapes, bomber constructionPowerful, damp, ready to get rowdyBurly, fast, versatileStable, damp, solid edgeSurfy, epic floatation
Cons Expensive, less exciting on pisteHeavy, less maneuverable at low speedsGrabby, backseat floaterHeavy, less nimbleSoft, slippery
Bottom Line The Alchemist DPS is one of the most impressive powder-specific skis we've ridden in a long timePowerful, burly powder ski that is strong enough to handle the unexpectedThis ski floats well enough for freeride and holds steady on big-mountain linesTears through big-mountain lines and smashes through chop as well as it floatsThe Pescado is well-named, these planks float and slash like a surfboard
Rating Categories DPS Alchemist Lotus... Nordica Enforcer Pro Moment Wildcat Volkl Confession Line Pescado
Float (25%)
10
7
8
7
10
Stability At Speed (20%)
8
9
7
8
5
Playfulness (20%)
8
6
10
6
8
Crud (20%)
7
10
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Carving (10%)
8
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5
Versatility (5%)
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Specs DPS Alchemist... Nordica Enforcer Pro Moment Wildcat Volkl Confession Line Pescado
Waist Width (mm) 124 115 116 117 125
Rocker Tip and tail rocker Tip and tail rocker Mustache rocker Tip and tail rocker Tip Early Rise-Camber-Tail Early Rise
Available Lengths (cm) 180, 185, 191 191 174, 184, 190 179, 186, 193 180
Shape 151-124-133 mm 143-115-132 mm 141-116-131 mm 144-117-133 mm 158-125-147 mm
Radius (m) 23 m 21.5 m 25 m 21.2 m 19 m
Weight Per Pair 9.3 lbs 10.3 lbs 9.45 lbs 9.92 lbs 8.6 lbs
Core Material Aspen Poplar, beech, balsa Wood (aspen, pine) Wood, titanal bands (torsional multilayer) Wood
Tested length (cm) 191 191 184 179 180
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