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La Sportiva Hi5 Alpine Touring Ski

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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
    • Item #LSP002S

    Tech Specs

    Length
    168 cm, 178 cm, 188 cm
    Dimensions
    [168. 178, 188] 135 / 105 / 125 mm
    Turn Radius
    [168] 22 m, [178] 23 m, [188] 24 m
    Profile
    rockered tip
    Construction
    sidewall
    Core
    Light Karuba (paulownia)
    Edge
    1.8mm steel
    Base
    P-Tex 2000
    Tail
    flat
    Claimed Weight
    [168] 3 lbs 10.88 oz, [178] 3 lbs 14.72 oz, [188] 4 lbs 4.32 oz
    Recommended Use
    ski touring, backcountry powder skiing
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

    Tech Specs

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    I didn't want to like them

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I bought the 177cm version of this ski and am 6' 170lbs and i'm a pretty aggressive skier in CO. Honestly these are pretty damn good skis. I feel like the designer took all the good aspects of a BC/ski mountaineering ski and wrapped them into one package, which looks weird, but somehow works. They've got flat tails, tip and tail holes (which anchor the excellent pre-cut skins), moderate side cut, loads of tip rocker and a decent weight.
    Despite their shape, they ski hard snow in a BC environment pretty well, no idea if they'd rail a GS turn at the resort but i also don't really care. They are pretty phenomenal in powder the massive tip simply will not sink. And they are also really durable, despite blatantly skiing over rocks and avoiding taking my skis off at all cost for 4 seasons the bases are totally fine. I finally broke one this season after skiing directly into the front of a rock and splitting the tip. That being said they still ski fine and the damage has not gotten worse. Really a great ski, that for some reason i never wanted to like, its kind of like my illegitimate child. Anyway if I'm packing to go somewhere and don't know what i will find I'm taking this ski hands down.

    Wow!

    • 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.