Based on the world-cup winning X-Race ski, the Hagan Ascent ski sets a new standard in the category of budget skimo racing skis. Using Diamond Edge Cap construction, the Ascent is manufactured to be an ultralight yet durable tool for racing, speed touring, or resort uphilling. Sharing the same profile and shape as the X-Race, the Ascent features a rockered tip and a wider shovel so you can get aggressive on the down. The ski comes in two sizes, with 163cm being just above the ISMF minimum length for men's races, and 152cm beating the minimum length for women's races by 2cm.
- Poplar wood core makes this a stiffer and damper version of the X-Race, which uses ultralight Paulownia wood.
- Diamond Edge Cap construction offers a combination of light weight and durability.
- 22.6mm turn radius keeps your edges in full contact with hardpacked snow.
- Meets all International Ski Mountaineering Federation specifications.
|Lengths (cm)||152, 163|
|Weight (pair)||1520g 
|Specs Verified||163 only|
||Rockered tip, camber underfoot|
||Low sidecut race|
||Diamond Edge Cap|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Racing, training, resort uphilling|
|Notes||Slight rocker lets you ski more aggressively|
|Bottom Line||Affordable world-cup quality race ski|
|Compare to other Race Skis|
Questions & Reviews
Why? Well, I'm no ski scientist, so the technical side may remain a mystery to me. But from a pure "feel" perspective, it's something about the mix of a firm (but not stiff) layup, rockered (but not too rockered) tip, consistent flex pattern, high torsional rigidity, and perhaps those extra 3cm over a traditional race ski. While the tails aren't a super-stiff rear that makes backseat skiing unpredictable, they are reasonably "firm" and not liable to come out from under you when washing out a turn on some chunky groomed snow. Much like on the Hagan's 76-waisted Cirrus/Ultra ski, the semi-rockered squared tip allows you to drive through lots of mixed chop (yet to test in deep-deep pow, but as the adage goes, anything will ski powder well). Maybe the most heartwarming aspect of how the Ascents ski, though, is that they just don't deflect in the way that my trusty (well, not so trusty) PDGs did. Not only does this mean that skiing fast(er) during races is a comfortable thing, but also that taking this ski out touring is not an insane idea. They've handled chalk, bumpy chowder, corn-y snow, and wind-affected layers without that feeling of jerking from side to side that I constantly had with race sticks in the past.
I've got the Ascents paired with the Hagan race binding and Alien 0.0s, which, while not the most carbon-ated combination you'll see at races, is a great value for the JV rando racer like me.
Highly recommended (especially at the current price point!) to any aspiring randonneur who wants something dependable, versatile and just plain excellent.
I've skied them on groomers, wet and heavy new snow, chopped up mank, absurd wind formations, breakable crust, and corn. Pretty much everything except powder, since we haven't seen much of that this year. I expected to get tossed around more in the garbage conditions with jello legs and a backpack, but the ride was surprisingly tolerable.
My previous "light" ski was an older 176 BD Stigma and as far as I can tell, the Hagan Ascent skis as well or better. It is incredibly stiff and solid for how small and light it is. I've hit a handful of rocks and neither the bases nor edges have so much as a scratch.
I believe pretty firmly that the only limitation of this ski is the lack of surface area, as is to be expected. Great durable ski for someone who wants to explore racing and light touring.
Used with Plum 165, F1 Evo, and Aliens.
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