The Lotus 138 was the first rockered ski with sidecut ever built. It was the product of seven seasons of Alaskan R+D, but it's comfortably at home in the Wasatch, Tetons, or Alps. For 2013, the Lotus 138 incorporates the benefits of Spoon research and development, and receives a dramatic redesign that features a spooned convex shovel along with a new flex profile. The already iconic shape combines carbon’s power and precision with featherweight lightness in an unrivaled concoction bred for those who live for the art of riding deep snow.
The Lotus is built with DPS' exclusive PURE3 carbon construction. To put it simply: carbon skis are the future. While 99.9% of the skis available on the market are built using fiberglass and/or metal (aluminum), the prepreg carbon and nano resins used in all DPS skis have twice the strength of fiberglass (3 times the strength of aluminum) while weighing half as much. Benefits of PURE3 construction include:
Power & ride: Carbon has 20% more torsional stiffness than a wood/fiberglass construction. That means power, stability, and amazing edge grip.
Durability: All DPS skis are using a sandwich construction with ultra-strong UHMW sidewalls, a poplar/x-wood core, wide 2 mm edges, and a thickened base profile that turns the inevitability of rock hits into less base welds.
Carbon is precisely flexed, doesn't warp, and retains nearly 100% of its flex for the life of the ski.
Seasons down the road, your skis will retain the same snap as your first day on them. A DPS ski becomes a great value and investment; they wont start dying after a month like a fiberglass/wood blend. You no longer have to buy a new pair every year just to revive that sweet first-day pop. Instead, you can focus on building your quiver.
Weight: Traditionally, light skis are under performers because ski builders remove the materials that endow the ski with its performance characteristics in order to shed weight. Its always been a compromise. With a carbon ski, you dont give up anything. The materials let the ski outperform even the burliest metal constructions, while weighing on average 30% less. This means that turn initiation is instantaneous and transitions are super fast. In powder, you float better and go faster while expending less energy. Skinning is easier and more fun. When jumping, you spin with skis that are not ounces, but pounds lighter.
Lotus PURE3 Specs: