Storm riding is great, but since we don't all live on Hokkaido, having a killer frontside ski in your quiver is a must. DPS made its name with fat powder boards, but that's not all the company does; the Cassiar 95 Pure3 Ski is an all-mountain missile made to rail groomers, stitch up tight bump lines, and punch through shallow crud, with the lightness and carbon-fiber stiffness for which DPS is known. Pure3 is DPS' stiff and light flagship construction. It starts with a core made of energetic aspen, which is then sandwiched between two layers of prepreg carbon fiber, creating a core that's 30% stiffer and lighter than similar offerings made with more traditional constructions. By keeping the core light and stiff, DPS was able to keep the Cassiar incredibly nimble and easy to ski in tight spots, without sacrificing the power that you need to rally hardpack with confidence. The carbon-and-aspen sandwich is finished off with a durable polyamide topsheet and UHMW sidewalls, which help keep the Cassiar stiff and direct energy into the edges instead of letting it dissipate by allowing the ski to twist. The aggressive, edgy nature of the Cassiar means that it's not a ski well suited to funky new-school rocker profiles. To that end, DPS built it with classic traditional camber, which supplies mountains of edge grip and a lively edge-to-edge feel that'll help you make short work of hard and variable snow all over the mountain. The steel edges have been hardened to 48 Rockwell, which ensures that rocky encounters won't automatically spell disaster, and DPS finished the Cassiar off with its lightning-fast and armor-tough World Cup bases, so you can choose "interesting" lines without worrying too much about ruining your planks.
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