As I noted in my individual review, the Black Pearl 78 is the little sister to the Black Pearl 88 -- not the insignificant little sister, more like the bratty sibling who gives back what you give her.
The DPS Alchemist Cassiar 79 (aka the Trainer) is a diversion from the usual suspects at DPS, usually known for big-mountain powder skis. After all, the name is Drake PowderworkS, so a 79mm-waisted ski isn't something you expect. However, its energy, balance, and carving ability are fun, playful, and poppy -- especially when you are seeking out bumps and trees,
Meanwhile, the sleeper brand, Liberty, has produced a new ski that is mind-blowing fun in similar terrain. The V76 is slightly stronger for someone who has a little more power.
I can't say enough about these three skis and how much fun I had on them, but when you're looking for a way to distinguish them, this is how I'd bring clarity to the mix:
- Why choose the V76? You are looking for a narrow ski to carve groomers, ski moguls, and charge hard when crud appears.
- Why choose the Black Pearl 78? You want a charger that skis well on groomers and rips through moguls.
- Why choose the Trainer? This is the ticket for a seriously lightweight ski that carves nicely, rips moguls, and has a playful poppy feel for a lighter skier.