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September 15, 2022 3 min read

Which HAGAN alpine touring ski is best for you?

HAGAN makes the widest range of backcountry skis.

That can make deciding which ski is best for you (or a particular outing) difficult.

These points comparing and contrasting our different ski lines and models may help!

HAGAN Boost Pow Series powder focused alpine touring backcountry skis.


Boost Series - Freeride Powder Skis
  • Downhill-oriented.
  • Soft snow.
  • Boost 94 POW is for technically advanced aggressive skiers.
  • Boost 99 POW is a bit softer and more forgiving.
  • Pick the Boost 94 POW for more aggressive and advanced skiing in difficult conditions.
  • Pick the Boost 99 POW for the perfect powder days.
Core Series - All Mountain Skis
  • More all-around - both terrain and snow conditions.
  • Higher speeds, longer turns.
  • Softer flexing and slightly wider shovels and and more highly rockered tips and tails compared to the Ultra Series.
  • The Core 84 and Core 89 have Lite versions that are softer flexing to perform better for lighter skiers. (And are also a bit lighter.)
  • Compared to the Ultra Series skis, Core Series skis are more forgiving for less advanced or athletic skiers - because of softer flexing and slightly wider shovels and more rocker. Slightly easier in powder also because of the softer flexing and slightly wider shovels.
  • Titanal reinforcement mid-ski (not on the Lite versions) = great hold on hard snow and ice.
    Ultra Series - Light and Fast Skis
    • For advanced skiers (Not recommended for beginners. Beginners wanting skis in the 75 to 90mm width should consider the Pure Series.)
    • More uphill oriented - slightly lighter than corresponding Core Series.
    • Not as forgiving as the Core series. Need to be skied more actively/athletically. More active/athletic skiers will prefer them.
    • Especially suited for challenging high-alpine situations where full edge grip is required. Steep traverses, hard windblown or glazed snow, steep and narrow couloirs.
    Pure Series - Classic Value Skis
    • Tremendous performance to price ratio. Extreme value.
    • Similar widths to Ultra and Core skis, but slightly heavier due to mixed Karuba/Poplar versus full Karuba cores.
    • Especially suited for beginner to intermediate ski tourers.
    • Great for frequent on-piste skiing. Tremendous carvers.
    • Super ski for fitness skiers not overly concerned with weight.

    Hagan Pure Series Classic Value alpine touring skis

    Boost Series skis are for downhill-oriented Freeride skiers (or days). The Boost 99 is for epic powder days and high-speed, long-radius surfing turns. The Boost 94 is for more variable conditions and will reward technically advanced skiers who like to descend hard and fast. The Boost 99 is more forgiving and better for more relaxed descending. If descending “on point” excites you and doesn’t intimidate you in the least, ski the Boost 94. If you aren't quite as hard charging, ski the Boost 99.

    Core Series skis are for skiers who are happy to sacrifice a slight bit of climbing ease for downhill performance - whether that be fast and aggressive descending for advanced downhillers or more forgiving descending for less advanced descenders. Suited for people who will ski a variety of conditions, on and off-piste. The Core 84 Lite and Core 89 Lite may be the best choices for skiers under 125 pounds.

    HAGAN Ultra Series professional level alpine touring skis

    Ultra Series skis are for skiers with advanced technical descent skills who prioritize ease of climbing and are confident in their abilities to descend a wide variety of challenging conditions. Non-rockered tails can make completing turns harder in heavy snow conditions, but give you more edge grip and security when you need it. The Ultra Series skis are fantastic carvers on firm snow but are also prized by skiers who are rarely on-piste.

    Pure Series skis are the “People's Ski" for beginners and intermediates. They are perfect for those who frequently ski on-piste, whether they have perfected their carving skills or are still working on it. Mostly on-piste? Pure 75. More off-piste? Pure 90. Mix it up? Pure 85.

    Special Series - the Off Limits is a short (130cm) and wide (130-90-110) ski intended as an approach ski - ditch the snow shoes! - while also popular as a powder ski on thickly forested slopes, and even as a park ski. The Off Trace is a backcountry nordic ski with integrated mid-ski skins for low angle trails and forging our own path.

    Hagan Core Series All Mountain Alpine Touring Skis

    98 years! Our hearts beat for the mountains - and we have put this passion into our products right from the start.

    From the early years as a ski manufacturer to today's specialization as a touring ski expert, the three principles of quality, durability and love for the wintry mountains are the focus of our activities.

    As a third-generation family business from Austria, we are particularly proud of our lived credo "Products from ski tourers for ski tourers."

    With a focus on the essentials, we develop reliable, high-quality and field-proven equipment for people who share our enthusiasm for the fascinating mountain world and ski touring.

    HAGAN - the Austrian ski brand since 1924.

    Hagan Special Series BC Nordic and approach alpine touring skis

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