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Some skis are fast, some skis are light, some skis are made for soft snow, and some for hard conditions. Due to a presumable deal with the the ski-touring devil, though, the La Sportiva RST Alpine Touring Ski excels in most snow conditions, on the ascent and descent, and combines light weight 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 floatation 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 it has a Karuba paulownia wood core, which is FSC/PEFC environmentally-certified, not to mention lively, poppy, stiff, and made without any toxic adhesives. The RST, which is second only to La Sportiva's RSR in lightweight, speedy performance, also features two laminates to keep it stiff enough to handle rough conditions in serious no-fall zones: a tri-directional fiberglass layer and a bi-directional carbon/fiberglass mat, along with a special fiberglass veil and reinforcement 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 or isolate columns when you're conducting stability tests. There are also holes that accept pre-cut La Sportiva HiGlide skins (available here), and a tail notch to accommodate skins that you already have, to save you having to pick up any extra gear before your next expedition.
The La Sportiva RST ski has a long tip and tail for additional float in soft snow while retaining effective edge grip and easy turning ability on hard steep snow. Its light construction and its confidence inspiring progressive flex are well suited for demanding steep terrain. Often referred to as the budget minded rando race ski.
La Sportiva's RST Ski is a multi-purpose ski designed for high-level ski mountaineering. The long tip and tail supply additional float in soft snow without compromising your effective edge grip. The progressive flex is well suited for steep terrain and inspires confidence so you don't hesitate. Factory hand waxed P-Tex 2000 gives you a smooth, sweet ride every time, plus breathe easy since the Karuba wood core is FSC environmentally certified & constructed without the use of toxic chemicals.
- Mountain Gear