The Curated Take
The DPS Koala 103 offers incredible edge hold on hard pack yet has plenty of tip and tail rocker to play in the deep, ungroomed terrain as well. The complex construction creates a damp yet lively ski that allows for a smooth ride when conditions are less than ideal but provides tons of energy through the turn. Additionally, the twin tip design gives a looser, surfy feel in softer snow conditions and allows for super quick release of the tails when working the ski through tight terrain. At 103 mm waist, the Koala is very well suited to a wide range of conditions. From carving East Coast groomers to playing in the Rocky Mountain powder, the Koala feels at home in all but the deepest conditions.
For someone like me on the East Coast, I rarely see ideal skiing conditions, yet the Koala allows me to rip through our icy, crusty moguls, play in the notoriously tight trees of New England, hit a few jumps in the park, and still carve arcing GS turns down the groomers!
- Incredibly fun and stable
- Super playful
- Excellent edge hold off
- Long radius so they have a slow turning feeling
- Not the lightest ski for a touring setup
- A bit wide to be a true park ski
The DPS Foundation Koala 103 Skis 2023 are the perfect choice for skiers who want to take their freestyle game to the next level. With a fresh shape and flex pattern, these skis are designed to help you spin, butter, ollie, and transform side hits into your new best friends. But don't worry - DPS hasn't forgotten about the art of the turn. These skis offer a wonderful blend of power and dampness that's accessible to a wide range of skier profiles.
- Supremely damp construction: The DPS Foundation Koala 103 Skis feature a powerful and durable construction that employs best-in-class components from start to finish. Triaxial fiberglass wraps the bamboo and poplar bi-phase wood core, while unidirectional carbon stringers add torsional stiffness.
- Designed for freestyle: With their fresh shape and flex pattern, these skis are made for spinning, buttering, ollie-ing, and transforming side hits into your new best friends.
- Accessible performance: Despite their focus on freestyle performance, these skis offer a wonderful blend of power and dampness that's readily accessible to a wide range of skier profiles.
- Consistent design: Every model in the Foundation series shares DPS' C2 and RP chassis shaping that yields design and performance consistency from shape-to-shape and length-to-length.
- Best-in-class components: From start-to-finish, weight was not a factor during the design process. The result is an on-snow feel that produces unparalleled power without sacrificing durability or responsiveness.