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Due to a presumable deal with the the ski-touring devil, the La Sportiva RST Alpine Touring Ski excels in most snow conditions, on the ascent and descent, and combines a light weight construction with excellent durability for long, serious mountaineering expeditions. Since it's not some wishy-washy new-school powder ski, the RST has full-length traditional camber to provide plenty of bite in firm, sketchy alpine conditions, and gets its flotation from extra-long tips and tails that provide support in soft snow. It's probably obvious that it's light as a feather, but you can't tell just from looking that the RST has a Karuba paulownia wood core, which is environmentally friendly, not to mention lively, poppy, and stiff.

The RST, which is second only to La Sportiva's RSR in lightweight performance, also has two laminates to keep it stiff enough to handle rough conditions in serious no-fall zones. There's a tri-directional fiberglass layer, a bi-directional carbon/fiberglass mat, and a special fiberglass veil, along with reinforcements under the binding to prevent pull-outs in places where it could leave you in serious trouble. By using these laminates in place of traditional metals, Sportiva ensured that the RST wouldn't be a chore to bring up the skin track or boot pack. Rubber reinforcements at the tip and tail help eliminate vibration and provide a smooth ride, and the flat shape of the tails themselves make it easy to plunge your skis safely into the snow when you're building an anchor, or can be used to isolate columns when you don't want to take the time to take the saw out.

  • Traditional camber profile
  • Cap construction
  • Light Karuba wood core
  • Carbon/fiberglass laminates
  • 77mm waist width
  • Rubber tip and tail reinforcements
  • 5lb 4 oz per pair (167cm)
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