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The fattie in the ski-mountaineering family.
Ski-mountaineering isn't always about edging your way down sketchy, sun-baked slopes; sometimes it's all about the powder. On the days when it is about the pow, make sure the La Sportiva Hang5 Alpine Touring Ski is strapped to your foot. With 117mm underfoot, 145mm in the tip, and a rocker/camber profile, the Hang5 is built to float like a boat in deep backcountry powder. Add in the lightweight design and multifunctional holes in the tip and tail, and you have a ski that is ready for big, remote mountains and epic powder days.
- 70% camber underfoot and 30% rocker in the tip performs on the hardpack and floats you over the powder and through the crud
- Flat tail is easily plunged into hard snow for anchor building and Rutschblock tests
- The lightweight, laminated karuba paulownia wood core is snappy, responsive, and FSC certified for sustainability
- Tri-axial fiberglass and Bi-axial carbon fiber laminates provide the necessary stiffness while keeping weight down
- Fusion Sidewall construction with ABS sidewalls provides reliable performance all over the mountain
- 117mm underfoot provides responsiveness when you need it most while 145mm in the tip provides float in soft snow
- The big-mountain sidecut provides stability at high speeds
- Holes in the tip and tail with removable plugs can be used for building a rescue sled or anchors
- The holes also serve as the attachment point for La Sportiva HiGlide pre-cut skins
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I need advice on length as there are only...
I need advice on length as there are only two to choose from.
Me: 150lb 5'11, advanced skier, 90% touring in British Columbia midwinter-spring conditions.
I currently ski a 182 liberty ski and a 188 S7 but want something for Ski Mnting in the deeper variable snow here. however ive never skied a wide ski like this with such a long radius (S7 has a a very short radius, and its very heavy so i rarely tour with it) I'm wondering if i can get away with the 177 here as im a bit lighter than average for my height, so it will be more turny in tech terrain, but will the long radius help with stability at higher speeds?
I am going to do a lot more ski mountaineering...
I am going to do a lot more ski mountaineering this year and have the BD amperage sticks already. I don't know if those will work as well as I want them to when I am in the backcountry and ascending some big mountains in CO. I do know snow in CO is really cruddy (most of the time) with a mix of ice, slush and pow. The dimensions of these Hang5s are very similar in weight, turn radius, dimension and camber. WIll these La Sportiva's be much of a difference than my Amperage? Is there another ski out there that is going to be the answer for a second ski? Should I just stick with my Amperages for the season? Any advice would be very welcomed.
I'd almost say stick with the Amperage for at least part of the season so you can actually figure out what works and doesn't work about your current setup. If you find the Amperage not cutting it on deep days or tights trees or chutes, then you can shop accordingly. For SkiMo one of the nice things on these skis are the tip and tail holes for easy conversion into a rescue sled as well as the flat tails for impromptu anchors. I have always been a fan of avoiding fixing problems that don't exist and your Amperage may be the ticket for the stuff you are going to be doing. If they are then you are all set and can drop the coin on other goodies like an airbag or some sick boots, and if they aren't then you have a better idea of what you do need. Those are my two cents anyway.
Hang5 is a full pound lighter but a much more traditional ski. Not much rocker tip or tail comapred to the Amperage. But the dimensions are similar enough I would also sugegst sticking to the Amperage until you have spent more time in the back country. Spring itme and chutes? The Hang5 will blow the socks off ehe Amperage.
Looking for some advice on which size to...
Looking for some advice on which size to purchase. 180lb w/o kit, colorado backcountry, touring, some wider chutes - nothing super crazy - I have to work and feed myself. Do like to ski some trees. 178 or 188?
Size will simply come down to both ability level and how much weight you want to carry. The 188 will give more flotation and stability at speed, but it will be heavier on the ascent and it will be a bit less nimble than the 178 in trees and tighter chutes. If you are a confident skier and you don't mind the weight, I would go with the longer size. If you really love tight tree weaving, stick with 178cm.
178..it is a BIG ski.
Perfect for what you are looking for IMO.
The Yellow RIPPERS!
boot pack to the LAY IT DOWN!
SKIMO and Ripping?
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Skimo and ripping...this one will do either with more than enough confidence to inspire anyone. Somehow this ski seems to have gotten lost between the cracks/models of some really good ski designs. . It shouldn't have. My personal favorite in almost any terrain and any condition of the La Sportiva stable. If you like a super solid ski with this size foot print it is a must see. Must RIDE! Very quick under foot/side to side. Way faster than I thought a ski of this width was capable of. Daily driver potential for me. Most will think Praxis and DPS here because this is a easy ski to compare to some of their best.
Floating in the Cascade concrete
I got these out in some powder, and they were awesome. Floated great, tips couldn't be sunk, very snappy and playful. I'm very happy with these!
Awesomely fun and versatile for a fatty
I just finished my first loooong day out on these: 14 hours and 7000+ feet of everything the late-season east Cascades has to offer. Ski carry in, boot packing and skinning through brushy undergrowth on rotten snow low down, big fields of perfect spring snow, skinning up steep crusty awful, occasional pow stashes. Normally I would have preferred something skinnier for this kind of day, but the Hang5 was all I had in the quiver so I gave it a try.
I was very pleasantly surprised. These aren't the very lightest (don't forget the weight of the mondo-sized skin you need to cover those bases), but for their width they're excellent. The camber and sidecut under foot made them bite really well on firm side-hill skin tracks, and the width kept them on top of crumbly rotten stuff on the up. On the down, they absolutely rocked: floaty as you'd expect on pow, but with firm, poppy tails that made them amazingly snappy and fun on firmer spring snow. These definitely have personality; the slight bulge in the tip rocker can really bring them around quick when you engage an edge, and they reward aggressive weight-forward charging with none of the vagueness that super-rockered pow skis can yield when initiating turns. The long effective edge also gives them great bite on firmer snow, which was nice on the long, route-finding, cliff-band-dodging ski-bushwhack nightmare that was our exit route. I haven't yet taken them out in deep powder; I expect they'll float great due to the fat, rockered tip and handle well at speed, but perhaps lack some of the surfy-smeary playful feel of a ski with a more aggressively rockered tip and tail.
All in all, I'm really stoked about these skis. They are pretty sweet in nearly any condition, and definitely inspire confidence. If you want the float of a fatter ski but the stability of a flatter tail and the ability to crush any condition a long backcountry tour can throw at you, these rock.