Really love this ski. Perfect width for how it skis- very good tip to tail balance, initiates turns easily, and a more precise feel through the middle of the turn are all good. Got it in a 185cm length and I think that's perfect for me (180 lbs, 6ft.). Skis shouldn't be this light on the uphill and ski this well on the downhill!
The DPS Alchemist skis are awesome! Loved them over 10 days of hut skiing at Opus in Red Mountain Pass and amongst the low 10th Mountain Division Huts.
The Fritschi Tecton 12 binding, however, is a disaster: the heels froze multiple times and it took significant work to get them into walking/climbing mode. This design is defective and should never be sold again. I am asking Cripple Creek BC to stop selling this binding: no one should ever have this terrible piece of equipment dumped on them. It should be taken back and refunded. I am writing to Black Diamond as well to complain about this unacceptably poorly designed technology.
Service was great at Cripple Creek...but the Fritschi Tecton 12 shouldn't ever be sold again.
I have skied DPS skis for years and always like them for how effortlessly they turned and how light they were on the way uphill. However I felt that they washout in hard snow and I never really felt like I had true control until I tried the new 106 design. So much better than the 105 and the Alchemist construction boosted it to be one of my favorite skis.