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Stoked on powder? Give yourself a Hi5.

It's easier to wake up at 4am when you know that it dumped 2 feet last night, and it's even less of a chore when you know it's going to be smooth sailing all the way up to your line and down through the fresh with the pow-crushing shape of the La Sportiva Hi5. Without giving up La Sportiva's traditional lightweight and touring sensibility (it has the same poppy, lightweight Karuba paulownia wood core as Sportiva's rando-racing legend the RSR), the Hi5 features a big ol' Hi-Rise early-rise shovel that floats through the deepest powder you'll be able to find, and has traditional camber underfoot to keep it edgy when you encounter sketchy hardpack during your tour.

Since it's a touring ski, the Hi5 places a premium on lightness, and so forgoes metal in favor of dual laminates: a tri-directional fiberglass layer and a bi-directional carbon/fiberglass mat keep things plenty stiff enough to ski hard in variable conditions, without the inconvenience of heavy, spirit-crushing metal layers. There are also rubber reinforcements in the tips, tails, and edges, to dampen vibrations for a smoother, more comfortable ride. ABS thermoplastic sidewalls and 1.8mm steel edges can take a beating (even though you'll never ever ever hit a rock), and the holes in the tips and tails accept pre-cut La Sportiva skins to save you some hassle on the skinner and give you more time to float through creamy pow.

  • Vertically-laminated Karuba Paulownia wood core
  • Tri-directional fiberglass and bi-directional carbon/fiberglass laminates
  • Traditional camber early-rise Hi-Rise shovel
  • ABS thermoplastic sidewalls
  • Rubber tip and tail reinforcements
  • Flat tails with skin notch
  • 1.8mm steel edges with rubber laminates
  • Tip and tail skin attachments

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1st gen Hang5

New cosmetics..but ski is unchanged. All good IMO. Nice rockered tips! More here:



  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

Thsi was the first truely rockered ski I had a chance to ski. It literally changed my ski world. Although the Hi5 is only rockered i n the tip with a fairly traditional tail the ski was a great transitonal ski for me and amazing soft snow crud ski here in the Cascades. Not the lightest BC ski, not full rockered from tip and tail. But a super stable deep snow BC ski that can deal with any condition. Put a tech binding on them and rip! I dropped it to 4 stars this review only because the ski weight is more than it should be by some oz. Still easy to pack around or ski with. It is a "pretty cool" tool. Weight aside this is a great ski for soft snow. Longer review linked in the photo commnets.

Dane, what skins do you use on these? I'm buying a set of these, however I've seen people comment that La Sportiva's skin made specifically for this particular ski isn't very good (unlike most La Sportiva gear)