Whereas the Alchemist construction version of the Zelda 106 features a slightly heavier Aspen wood core sandwiched between DPS’ signature prepreg carbon fiber laminate–made damper with additives—the Tour1 construction designed for backcountry performance swaps in a lighter weight balsa wood core between a combination of prepreg carbon and glass laminate to shave additional grams. Translation: Weighing in at only 1,340 grams a piece, these sticks were made for walking.
On the downhill, these lighter and shorter planks responded better when skied in a neutral, upright position—this keeps the shovel from diving into the snow. When skied in a centered stance, the Zelda Tour1 is surprisingly damp with a reliable flex pattern that manages variable snow well, and floats like a dream in soft pow. [MSRP: $1,099.00; dpsskis.com]