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OUR TAKE Since the dawn of mod­ern ski tour­ing, the Wailer—in all its forms—has been hard to beat. Its only flaw? Like most car­bon skis, th­ese light­weight beau­ties can get squir­relly at Mach speed or in hard stuff. But with the new Al­chemist con­struc­tion, which uses se­cret damp­en­ing ma­te­ri­als be­tween sheets of aerospace-grade car­bon, the Wail­ers get a hair heav­ier and a much smoother ride. “I stopped switch­ing be­tween re­sort and tour­ing rigs be­cause this ski eats frozen cor­duroy, icy groomers, and bumps with­out is­sue,” one tester says. (Ding: All that pro­pri­etary good­ness ain’t cheap.)

THE DE­TAILS The Wailer main­tains its shape, in­clud­ing a large shovel tip and huge ef­fec­tive edge, for best-in-test re­spon­sive­ness.

TRAIL CRED “The wide pad­dle stayed on top of a foot of fresh when I laid a track—and when I cashed in on the run down,” our tester says. $1,299; 7 lbs. 7 oz. (176); 168, 176, 184 (125-99-111); dpsskis.com

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