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La Sportiva
$798.95 $599.21 at Backcountry.com

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 goi...ng 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. Read More

La Sportiva
$698.95 $524.21 at Backcountry.com

Give the La Sportiva LO5 Alpine Touring Ski some skin; seriously, it deserves some love for its all-mountain versatility, light we...ight, and seriously thoughtful design. Fatter than the GT and with a moderately rockered tip to cruise over rough snow and through powder, the LO5 is La Sportiva's backcountry multi-tool. The 178 weighs just about 3. 5 pounds per ski, which is pretty light considering that it's not designed to be a superlight skimo board, and has plenty of features that rippers will dig: tough and powerful ABS sidewalls, a vertically laminated Light Karuba paulownia wood core, and multiple fiberglass and carbon-fiber laminates for a reasonably stiff and chargeable ride. La Sportiva made sure the LO5 has plenty of camber underfoot to make short work of icy pitches, rough snow, and steep, techy lines, and reinforced the tip and tail with dampening rubber layers to give you a smooth, predictable ride. The P-Tex 2000 base and 1. 8mm steel edges keep you mobbing along and stand up to the inevitable rocks you'll find out there, while the flat tail gives you plenty of power and control, as well as the ability to plunge your skis into the snow and isolate blocks when you're conducting stability tests. The LO5 also has attachment points for pre-cut La Sportiva skins, so you'll be able to hammer up the skin track, pop your skins off, rally down, and slap 'em back on in no time. Read More

La Sportiva
$824.95 $618.71 at Backcountry.com

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 pow's the word, make sure the La Sportiva Hang5 Alpine Touring Ski is strapped to your foot. With a 117mm waist, a wide 145mm shovel, and a generous amount of tip rocker, the Hang5 is built to float like a boat in deep backcountry freshies, pinch the throttle, and make short work of big-time alpine terrain. It's a step up from the Hi5, but it's still light enough to cruise up the skin track, courtesy of the Light Karuba paulownia wood core and carbon laminates. La Sportiva also tossed in some tri-directional fiberglass for extra durability and stiffness, and built the Hang5 with ABS sidewalls that give you surprising edging power for such a big, powder-hungry ski. It features all the gadgets you'd expect in a touring ski, too, like tip and tail skin attachments and a flat, rubber-dampened tail and edges. Finish the whole shebang off with a tough and fast P-Tex base and 1. 8mm steel edges, and you have a tool that'll eat up the deepest backcountry powder without even asking your permission. Read More

La Sportiva
$798.95 $599.21 at Backcountry.com

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 goi...ng 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. Read More

La Sportiva
$824.95 $618.71 at Backcountry.com

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 pow's the word, make sure the La Sportiva Hang5 Alpine Touring Ski is strapped to your foot. With a 117mm waist, a wide 145mm shovel, and a generous amount of tip rocker, the Hang5 is built to float like a boat in deep backcountry freshies, pinch the throttle, and make short work of big-time alpine terrain. It's a step up from the Hi5, but it's still light enough to cruise up the skin track, courtesy of the Light Karuba paulownia wood core and carbon laminates. La Sportiva also tossed in some tri-directional fiberglass for extra durability and stiffness, and built the Hang5 with ABS sidewalls that give you surprising edging power for such a big, powder-hungry ski. It features all the gadgets you'd expect in a touring ski, too, like tip and tail skin attachments and a flat, rubber-dampened tail and edges. Finish the whole shebang off with a tough and fast P-Tex base and 1. 8mm steel edges, and you have a tool that'll eat up the deepest backcountry powder without even asking your permission. Read More

La Sportiva
$698.95 $524.21 at Backcountry.com

Whether you're touring to your favorite backcountry bowl or taking a few laps at the resort, the La Sportiva LO5 Alpine Touring Sk...i will keep the pace every stride and turn of the way. Ample camber underfoot bites the hardpack while a slight rocker in the tip smooths out the ride in powder and crud. Read More

La Sportiva
$698.95 $559.16 at Backcountry.com

La Sportiva designed the Syborg Alpine Touring Ski to be a lightweight, high-quality rando racing and mountaineering ski for folks... who don't necessarily feel like spending their life savings on a ski that weighs negative two pounds. At about 3. 5 pounds per pair, the Syborg is still ridiculously light, but it's tough enough that you don't need to treat it with kid gloves when you're hitting the skin track or the descent. Like any good mountaineering ski, it has full camber for plenty of edging power. It also has torsion box construction and multiple carbon fiber and fiberglass laminates for lightweight stiffness. Combine these features with the Light Karuba Paulownia wood core, and it's not surprising that the Syborg can hold its own against race boards that cost twice as much and weigh just a few ounces less. Don't confuse it with a powder ski--it is only 65mm underfoot, after all--but if you need to challenge for the top spot or speed up seriously long and arduous ascents, it has what you need. La Sportiva also gave it plenty of user-friendly touches like a reinforced sheet underfoot for bomber binding mounts, a speedy and pre-waxed P-Tex 5000 base, rubber-dampened steel edges for grip without the vibration, and a flat tail and tip notch for easy skin attachment. Read More

La Sportiva
$724.95 $543.71 at Backcountry.com

Even ski mountaineering legends spend the occasional day skiing the resort or getting some lift-accessed backcountry turns. They k...eep their quiver simple and versatile by grabbing the Mega Lo5 Ski from La Sportiva, which has the backbone to handle hard skiing in tough conditions and the lightweight skimo DNA to keep you moving fast on the skinner. Poplar wood is light, strong, and energetic, and in the Lo5, the poplar core is reinforced with fiberglass and bi-directional carbon laminates to give it enough stiffness for you to drive it through less-than-ideal conditions without the weight penalty of metal inserts. ABS thermoplastic sidewalls help to keep things light, but have the toughness to stand up to the inevitable rocks and stumps that you'll uncover in tight couloirs and trees. Since versatility's the name of the Lo5's game, it features an early-rise tip that smooths out choppy snow and gives you enough float to cruise through powder. Traditional underfoot camber and a flat tail provide stability, turning power, and the ability to easily isolate columns and rutschblocks without a snow saw. Rubber tip, tail, and edge reinforcements keep things damp when you're maching through pow or rattling over icy snow, and reinforced holes in the tip and tail accept pre-cut La Sportiva Lo5 skins and help you construct snow anchors or a rescue sled. The tails are also notched and the tips tapered to easily accept traditional skin attachments. If you're on the prowl for a one-ski backcountry and in-bounds quiver, look no further. Read More

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