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Hi5 SKI

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price: $799

Massive Hi-rise shovel rocker combined with a flat tail, traditional camber and one-0-5 underfoot make this ski the most versatile powder/backcountry/skimo tool on the market.

Hi5 SKI

Price: $799

Massive Hi-rise shovel rocker combined with a flat tail, traditional camber and one-0-5 underfoot make this ski the most versatile powder/backcountry/skimo tool on the market.

Four-hundred plus mm of early rise tip rocker make powder skiing a blast. Working your way through the resort to get to the slackcountry is effortless with traditional camber under foot. Flat tails and tip/tail skin attachment points keep it real in the mountains. The Hi5 is a lightweight fat ski that holds an edge and carves deep trenches all over the mountain - gimme 5!  This ski excels as either an AT ski or with a telemark set up.  The rocker tip keeps you on top of deep powder, wind affected crud and most importantly.........your game.

+ Lightweight Tri-Axial and Bi-Axial fiber laminates keep it stiff without the heavy steel layers that no one wants to lug to the top of the mountain

+ Reinforced tip and tail attachment holes accept La Sportiva HiGlide precut skins and can be used for building anchors or an emergency rescue sled

+ Flat tails are easy to plunge into firm snow when ski mountaineering and useful for isolating Rusch blocks in snow pits

Size(cm):               168                   178                     188

Radius(m):        16/22/16          17/23/17           18/24/18

Nose(mm):            135                   135                     135

Waist(mm):            105                   105                     105

Tail(mm):                125                   125                     125

Camber(mm):        7                        7                         7

Tip Rocker(mm):   402                   426                     450

Weight(g):            1670                  1780                   1940

Construction Type: FUSION SIDEWALL, 75% Camber/25% Rocker, Progressive Sidecut

Sidewall Material : ABS Thermoplastic

Top Sheet: 0.5 mm Double Polyamide (ISO ICP8210) - Glossy

Core: Vertical Laminated Light Karuba Wood

Laminate Layer 1: Tri-Directional Fiberglass

Laminate Layer 2: Bi-Directional Carbon/Fiberglass Mat

Special Materials: Fiberglass Veil

Reinforcement Plates: Under bindings

Tip and Tail Reinforcements: Rubber

Base Material: P-Tex 2000 factory handwaxed

Edge Material: 1.8 mm Steel + rubber laminate

Features: Tip and tail attachment holes, flat/notched tail

 

La Sportiva Hi5 Ski – Let the Horses Run (review on wildsnow.com)
WildSnow Ultimate Quiver 2012/2013 story

 

La Sportiva Hi5 wins French Ski Magazine "Remarkable Ski" Award

Product Reviews

Eric - Santa Barbara, CA
01.26.13

These things shred.

After reading reviews and discussions, I picked up a pair of 178cm mounted with dynafits and these... things... kill... it....

So far I've skied everything from thigh deep powder to hardpack groomers and these skis are as close a west coast quiver-of-one as you're going to find in a skimo tool. For not having metal in them they are remarkably damp and hold an edge while railing trenches and surfing pow lines.

The super early rise tip feels very similar to the S7 from Rossi, which I hear was one of the goals for the designers. Turn initiation is smooth and loose, which is clutch when the snow is crusted or otherwise grabby. The tails are solid and provide pop with a good traditional feel to them.

For anyone unsure on sizing... I'm 5' 8", 160, ski agressively and find the 178 to be plenty for backcountry. If I was using this more slackcountry or big lines, the 188 would be fine given how well they turn.

Nice job La Sportiva.

Jon - Portland, OR
12.12.12

WOW – Took the 188′s out on Sunday and all I can say is WOW! The day presented all types of weather and snow conditions and the ski ripped it all. The forecast was cold morning with warming by 1pm. We started out with 5 new and mid 20′s temps. Then over the next 5 hours we skied through all types of weather (snow, mist, sleet, rain, and gusts) and all the snow conditions that come with such weather. We hit all aspects of the zone and made turns in fresh, slab, consolidated, crust, muck, ice, and mush. I have never been so impressed with a ski. Not once did I have to adjust my ski technique for the ski. Not once did I have to decide on a line based on what the ski could not do well. You just stand on the skis and rip. Doesn’t matter… you want to ski it then ski it because the full rake will eat it and the camber and side cut will turn it. I have been researching these skis for a year and could not be happier with the versatility and performance of this ski. I can tell you every positive thing anyone has ever said about this ski is true. I did not experience one negative trait. Even the skins are amazing. Easy to apply, easy to rip, and no snow loading or sticking. I mounted them with new Radical FT’s and those power towers rock.

Ski season: Nov – June
Ski style: conservative, many turns,
Area: primarily NW cascades
Aspects: Upper ulpine, Above alpine, Summits (33%) Tight trees (66% of the time)

Matt - Calgary, AB
04.14.12

Bought these skiis and paired them with some TLT radicals. This season I have used them in most conditions including deep (and I mean waist deep)powder, crud, sun crust and these puppies ski like a dream. I even took them to the local hill for kicks and besides the speed floppin they actuall perform quite well ...even on the groomers! I am 6'0 195 and a pretty aggressive skier.... no problems with these vaersatile planks!! The designers deserve... a Hi5!!

Zachary - BOULDER, CO
01.17.12

Been using these skis at Rollins Pass CO a lot this season. I absolutely love everything about them! Big improvement over my 1993 Tuas with Ramer bindings. Oh and the RT bindings are awesome too! Tried them lift access skiing at Eldora Mtn. resort with Scarpa 3 buckle bindings. They rocked it!

Zachary - Boulder, CO
01.04.12

Upgraded from BD Tua skis, circa 1993. Light years ahead! Only used them for trail skiing Rawlins Pass CO. Cannot wait to try them in powder, if we ever get any!

J - Seattle, WA
12.24.11

Demoed these skis in a 168 at Whistler/Blackcomb and loved them. Took them out a little way into the Spearhead and back the first day to test skinning and slack/backcountry capabilities, then skied inbounds the second day for a grand total of every imaginable condition except deep powder. They performed miraculously on dust-on-crust, glue, wind-blown powder studded with death muffins, crud, nasty bumps, and lower mountain corn. They edge like a dream, even on steep icy bumps. I'm 5'6", 125 pounds, and the rocker tips sailed me right over all kinds of stuff that usually throws me around.

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  • Features
    • Four-hundred plus mm of early rise tip rocker make powder skiing a blast. Working your way through the resort to get to the slackcountry is effortless with traditional camber under foot. Flat tails and tip/tail skin attachment points keep it real in the mountains. The Hi5 is a lightweight fat ski that holds an edge and carves deep trenches all over the mountain - gimme 5!  This ski excels as either an AT ski or with a telemark set up.  The rocker tip keeps you on top of deep powder, wind affected crud and most importantly.........your game.

      + Lightweight Tri-Axial and Bi-Axial fiber laminates keep it stiff without the heavy steel layers that no one wants to lug to the top of the mountain

      + Reinforced tip and tail attachment holes accept La Sportiva HiGlide precut skins and can be used for building anchors or an emergency rescue sled

      + Flat tails are easy to plunge into firm snow when ski mountaineering and useful for isolating Rusch blocks in snow pits

  • Tech Specs
    • Size(cm):               168                   178                     188

      Radius(m):        16/22/16          17/23/17           18/24/18

      Nose(mm):            135                   135                     135

      Waist(mm):            105                   105                     105

      Tail(mm):                125                   125                     125

      Camber(mm):        7                        7                         7

      Tip Rocker(mm):   402                   426                     450

      Weight(g):            1670                  1780                   1940

      Construction Type: FUSION SIDEWALL, 75% Camber/25% Rocker, Progressive Sidecut

      Sidewall Material : ABS Thermoplastic

      Top Sheet: 0.5 mm Double Polyamide (ISO ICP8210) - Glossy

      Core: Vertical Laminated Light Karuba Wood

      Laminate Layer 1: Tri-Directional Fiberglass

      Laminate Layer 2: Bi-Directional Carbon/Fiberglass Mat

      Special Materials: Fiberglass Veil

      Reinforcement Plates: Under bindings

      Tip and Tail Reinforcements: Rubber

      Base Material: P-Tex 2000 factory handwaxed

      Edge Material: 1.8 mm Steel + rubber laminate

      Features: Tip and tail attachment holes, flat/notched tail

  • Additional Info
  • Reviews
    • Eric - Santa Barbara, CA
      01.26.13

      These things shred.

      After reading reviews and discussions, I picked up a pair of 178cm mounted with dynafits and these... things... kill... it....

      So far I've skied everything from thigh deep powder to hardpack groomers and these skis are as close a west coast quiver-of-one as you're going to find in a skimo tool. For not having metal in them they are remarkably damp and hold an edge while railing trenches and surfing pow lines.

      The super early rise tip feels very similar to the S7 from Rossi, which I hear was one of the goals for the designers. Turn initiation is smooth and loose, which is clutch when the snow is crusted or otherwise grabby. The tails are solid and provide pop with a good traditional feel to them.

      For anyone unsure on sizing... I'm 5' 8", 160, ski agressively and find the 178 to be plenty for backcountry. If I was using this more slackcountry or big lines, the 188 would be fine given how well they turn.

      Nice job La Sportiva.

    • Jon - Portland, OR
      12.12.12

      WOW – Took the 188′s out on Sunday and all I can say is WOW! The day presented all types of weather and snow conditions and the ski ripped it all. The forecast was cold morning with warming by 1pm. We started out with 5 new and mid 20′s temps. Then over the next 5 hours we skied through all types of weather (snow, mist, sleet, rain, and gusts) and all the snow conditions that come with such weather. We hit all aspects of the zone and made turns in fresh, slab, consolidated, crust, muck, ice, and mush. I have never been so impressed with a ski. Not once did I have to adjust my ski technique for the ski. Not once did I have to decide on a line based on what the ski could not do well. You just stand on the skis and rip. Doesn’t matter… you want to ski it then ski it because the full rake will eat it and the camber and side cut will turn it. I have been researching these skis for a year and could not be happier with the versatility and performance of this ski. I can tell you every positive thing anyone has ever said about this ski is true. I did not experience one negative trait. Even the skins are amazing. Easy to apply, easy to rip, and no snow loading or sticking. I mounted them with new Radical FT’s and those power towers rock.

      Ski season: Nov – June
      Ski style: conservative, many turns,
      Area: primarily NW cascades
      Aspects: Upper ulpine, Above alpine, Summits (33%) Tight trees (66% of the time)

    • Matt - Calgary, AB
      04.14.12

      Bought these skiis and paired them with some TLT radicals. This season I have used them in most conditions including deep (and I mean waist deep)powder, crud, sun crust and these puppies ski like a dream. I even took them to the local hill for kicks and besides the speed floppin they actuall perform quite well ...even on the groomers! I am 6'0 195 and a pretty aggressive skier.... no problems with these vaersatile planks!! The designers deserve... a Hi5!!

    • Zachary - BOULDER, CO
      01.17.12

      Been using these skis at Rollins Pass CO a lot this season. I absolutely love everything about them! Big improvement over my 1993 Tuas with Ramer bindings. Oh and the RT bindings are awesome too! Tried them lift access skiing at Eldora Mtn. resort with Scarpa 3 buckle bindings. They rocked it!

    • Zachary - Boulder, CO
      01.04.12

      Upgraded from BD Tua skis, circa 1993. Light years ahead! Only used them for trail skiing Rawlins Pass CO. Cannot wait to try them in powder, if we ever get any!

    • J - Seattle, WA
      12.24.11

      Demoed these skis in a 168 at Whistler/Blackcomb and loved them. Took them out a little way into the Spearhead and back the first day to test skinning and slack/backcountry capabilities, then skied inbounds the second day for a grand total of every imaginable condition except deep powder. They performed miraculously on dust-on-crust, glue, wind-blown powder studded with death muffins, crud, nasty bumps, and lower mountain corn. They edge like a dream, even on steep icy bumps. I'm 5'6", 125 pounds, and the rocker tips sailed me right over all kinds of stuff that usually throws me around.

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