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With the GT underfoot, a whole mountain range of possibilities come into focus.
- The traditional camber and sidecut provides uncompromised edgehold when dropping into icy couliors and turning on chunky, sled-packed logging roads back to the trailhead
- A vertically laminated light karuba wood core provides stability, snappy flex, and a lighter weight for daily touring, without using toxic adhesives
- The Fusion Sidewall (sandwich) construction yields the most solid, stable ride with as less weight as possible to slow your skinning
- A tri-directional fiberglass laminate and a bi-directional carbon-fiberglass mat laminate ensures that the GT remains stable at speed and while working through sketchy snow and terrain
- Flat tail permits quick plunges into snow for creating snow anchors during ski mountaineering or for cutting Rusch blocks during snow study
- Pairs with HiGlide pre-cut skins (sold separately), that fit easily with the tip and tail skin attachment system (which can also be used to make a rescue sled)
- Reinforcement plates under the binding zone ensure your screws stay in place in rowdy terrain
- ABS thermoplastic sidewalls, steel edges, and tip and tail rubber reinforcements add extra durability for the most demanding tours of your lifetime
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So far, so good
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I've been on the hunt for a ski that's 85-90 mm underfoot, 175-178 cm length, and as close (or less) than 6 lbs. per pair. My searching yielded three results: Black Diamond Revert, G3 ZenOxide 88, and La Sportiva GT.
I never tried the ZenOxide. I'm not a fan of G3's stuff (bindings and skins anyway) and I'm turned off by their 60-day warranty.
I skied the Revert 20+ days in a lot of conditions. In perfect conditions they skied ... average; in less-than-optimal conditions I really, really, really did not like them. Also: The top sheet was already peeling off ... bad.
I traded the Revert for the Sportiva GT. I've put five days on the GT and skied steep ice, sloppy, wet pow, heavy pow, and minimal crust on sloppy corn. After only five days I'm really glad I made the change.
My biggest complaint about the Revert was that they had no pop; they were like limp noodles on my feet. To compare, the GT feels stiff and snappy on my feet. Awesome. I haven't skied really bad crud yet, but in minimal crud these things handled really, really well. Way, way better than the Revert anyway. The GTs (probably due to the lack of rocker) feel a little sluggish going up and the lack of any rocker is a bit of a bummer, but not a deal-breaker. (The Revert flew on the uphill.) Also, due to the lack of rocker these ski (I ski the 177) really long; I definitely wish these were a 175 or even a little shorter (I'm 6'0).
Overall, after a few days on these skis, I'm pretty damn happy with them, especially compared to the BD Revert.
Pow With Skinny Skis Still Possible
Day at Silverton 24"+
Ski Mountaineering Ski at its Best!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
After last years debacle with my Dynafit Manaslu and it falling apart under my foot I was on the hunt for a durable light weight ski. Talked to a couple of the local pros and they said La Sportiva GT was the way to go. I trusted their instinct over mine, last year I thought i did my research but I was wrong. This ski holds an EDGE! Usually you do not ski really steep couloirs in powder conditions, the other day I was impressed and felt really confident making hop turns down 50 degree plus terrain. I have skied them through some crud, mank, and bull s**t, here in Utah and yeah they stink. I also have skied that stuff with a 3 stage rocker 116mm underfoot, guess what? It still stinks. Sometimes you have to realize that when your skiing a 2 inch thick breakable crust you probably should have stayed home, or relish in the pain, your choice. I hit some rocks the other day pretty hard, I took the ski off and held my breathe expecting a Dynafit experience where I added my own "Magna Traction" to the sidewall but, nothing! These things are durable to say the least and thats what you need in a ski mountaineering ski. I do feel that I Have to be much more precise in my turns. If you get back seat or lazy everything goes wrong quick. The edges will hook, the tail will not want to exit the turn, definitely a tougher ski to ski. Really impressed cant wait to see where they take me, and oh yeah did we say they are light? Super light!
La Sportiva GT Alpine Touring Ski
Lightweight, traditional ski
Me: 5'10" 175 lbs, tour in the Sierra Nevada and some Cascade volcanoes
177 GTs with tech (Plum) bindings and Scarpa Rush boots
Pros: Light! Man, these things are light, but you still get a solid construction. Medium stiff in the tail and underfoot, medium in the tip. Full wrap edges (except for the tail insert which makes attaching skins a piece of cake) and ABS sidewalls underfoot. Construction is top notch. They hold an edge well on hardpack for a ski of this weight. I've been on icy groomers and in firm chutes with them and they've held. The tails don't wash out. They ski corn very well and do fine in good powder, but most skis do. The do well in anything firm. This and the light weight makes them a good ski mountaineering weapon.
Cons: They're a traditionally cambered ski with traditional sidecut (no taper). I found them a bit difficult to ski in bad snow, especially tough breakable crust and wet mank (granted, this was really bad snow - thick mashed potatoes and thick, breakable crust). But this isn't surprising to me given the shape, camber, and weight. I found the tails difficult to release in bad snow. I recently de-tuned the tails more aggressively, we'll see if this helps without compromising edge hold.
Overall, a very solid choice for spring touring in primarily firm snow and corn conditions. Very lightweight and solidly built. Not a quiver of 1 touring ski in my mind - I'd want something with a bit of early rise or rocker for that position.
These skies are quite simply the best. They are lightweight, a perfect combination of width (for flotation) and sidecut (agility), and they just know to ski on anything from pow to bulletproof crust. I have the RT Tech bindings and the TLT 5 Mountains.
Solid mountain ski
Of the many touring skis I've tried in recent years in the 90mm waist range, this one is was instantly the most fun. It is fairly playful for the class with really composed and progressive stiffness underfoot and in the tail, with a fairly soft shovel. I would have preferred a slightly flatter tail, but that is more personal preference. It carves nicely for a light ski, though the speed limit is there. Seems best suited to medium length turns, and has good edgehold for the weight. Handles crud and pow fine, but its more of a variable condition do anything ski than a soft snow specialist. 3320 grams with rt bindings. Awesome. Looking forward to volcano season
Light, light, light.....
have been skinning up Burke mt and with the dynafit radicals this is one light set up, almost raceable. Rock solid on groomers and wind slab. Pretty good in the crud. Waiting for a decent dump to take them into the glades. Curious to see of the lack of rocker matters.