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 carbonfiberglass 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.