Last season the Hagan Cirrus ski was so popular we sold out in February!! So this season we discontinued it.
What? Why? Because we developed a better ski.
Introducing the new Ultra. Long-term Hagan fans will recognize that name. The original Ultra was the seminal light touring ski. It was replaced by the Cirrus, which introduced a wide, rockered shovel for improved soft snow performance and dropped the weight below 1000 grams.
The new Ultra combines the best of both. It returns the ABS sidewall from the original Ultra, which adds tremendous durability, edge-hold and downhill performance in hard snow, early morning spring frozen surfaces and other challenging conditions. Now the one knock on ABS sidewalls is that they are heavy. The edge hold and durability are great. The weight not so much. We researched, developed and tested an ingenious solution. First, we engineered "micro-height" sidewalls. Instead of a tall vertical sidewall the entire height of the ski, the sidewall on the new Ultra is only 4mm tall. Full-height sidewalls on downhill skis are fine. On backcountry skis they are superfluous — and heavy. Second, we took that a step further and shortened the sidewall to a 62cm section mid-ski. Mid-ski is the critical section of the ski for edge hold on hard snow and ice, and the most susceptible to edge compression from hard rock and log hits. Hagan's micro-height, mid-ski ABS sidewalls garner almost all the advantage of full ABS sidewalls at a fraction of the weight.
The Cirrus was loved for providing tremendous float at an incredibly low weight. We took the best attributes from the Cirrus and incorporated them in the Ultra. We kept the diamond-profile sculpted surface, which saves weight and directs energy to the edges. We kept the wide shovel and front touring rocker, providing superb buoyancy and exceptional downhill performance for such a light ski. We kept the curvy sidecut for quick, sharp and powerful carving. We streamlined the tip, and added molded Y-shaped tip notch guides for easier, faster, more secure skin attachment. So subtle it isn't apparent in the graphic, a slightly opaque swoosh discretely reveals the wood core.
Light skis are especially important to lighter skiers. "Micro-sized" skiers, we added a 148cm version of the Ultra just for you. Now you can get the premium light touring ski in a size appropriate for you.
No other ski combines the Ultra's weight and downhill performance. The energy the Ultra saves on the ascents creates eagerness to rip the descents! In comparison to the Race (which is designed to be as light as possible and prioritizes stability on the fastest, most direct downhill lines — skimo races are won based on time, not style points) the Ultra has a much curvier sidecut and loves being tilted hard on edge. The Ultra is the ski for athletes who want to climb high and deep into the mountains without foregoing downhill performance — so they can descend anything they encounter with confidence, aplomb and gusto.
Can't believe a ski this small and light can ski that good? Try it. Be prepared for a lot of gushing!