Hagan has been working diligently for years on shaving weight off of its race ski. Having reached practical limits, they’re now focused on making it slay the toughest of conditions. The updated version of the X-Race ski features ABS sidewalls for improved strength, edge hold, and rock resistance. They’ve tweaked the shape, profile, and length to maximize power transmission and control. The new version tracks true and has a higher top speed. It’s also a little quicker due to the shortened multi-radius. The Hagan Race ski is even more of a podium contender in its latest incarnation.
- Diamond Side Wall construction uses tough ABS plastic and geometry to create edge strength.
- Tweaked 200mm rocker design keeps the flotation benefits of the X-Race while improving tracking.
- Wood core is fabricated from ultralight Paulownia wood which gives natural racing performance.
- Multiple layers of carbon fiber around the core provide structure integrity and improve edge hold.
- High-molecular sintered PE-bases are stone ground in the factory with a race texture for speed.
Update 2017/18: New name and topsheet, but otherwise still the "Race" ski from 16/17.
Update 2019/20: Hagan made some very minor cosmetic updates to the topsheet, but the internal construction and overall aesthetic of the ski remains the same,
|Lengths (cm)||151, 161|
|Weight (pair)||1320g 
|Turn Radius||20-21-22m 
|Skin Fix||Tip notch, flat tail notch|
|Profile||200mm tip rocker, flat tail|
|Shape||Tapered shovel, medium radius, tapered tail|
|Construction||Diamond Side Wall|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Rando racing, speed touring|
|Notes||ABS sidewall added for strength and edge hold|
|Bottom Line||Yet higher performance and durability|
|Compare to other Race Skis|
Questions & Reviews
This review is for the 2017-18 version of the Ultra 65, mounted with Hagan Ultra bindings, driven by the Scarpa Alien 3.0 boot (for the ultimate in color coordination). That boot is actually the reason for the ski purchase, since I didn’t want to remount (yet) my white/red/black X-Race (currently set up for shorter boots) with an adjustment plate for the longer Alien 3.0 bsl.
My training with the 3.0 has been on the 2012 X-Race, and I’ve been using the newer X-Race for most races, so I’ve used the Ultra 65 only once so far. I was so confident that it would ski so well that I used it for the first time in a race, even using older skis (Hagan Cirrus) to mark the course that morning.
Descents that day were almost entirely moderately steep cut-up powder, with six segments of a tight bump run. Skied great, even with zero prior familiarity as to what to expect! Also skied fine on a quick groomer back to the resort base. Looking forward to more races on them next season!
So far, I have skied them for 5 days (including one race) and I can confirm that they ski a lot more to my liking than the older version. The tail is stiffer so even in breakable (crust) conditions it continues to carve out the turn. The float in soft deeper powder is little less than older version but overall the performance is much improved in my opinion - less chatter and more stability at higher speeds.
For skinning, the newly shaped tip (and improved tip torsional stiffness) makes noticeable difference when traversing hard packed slopes. Also, the skin has a better coverage under the top 30-40cm of the ski due to the shape changes.
Weight out of the box was 704g and 708g, so still very light even after the reinforcements.
I will update this review on durability as I continue skiing them.
The weight is where it needs to be to be competitive, and other details are there, too- a tip that easily accommodates a variety of skins, a reinforced mounting area, and kickass graphics. There's a reason why you see so many Hagan skis on people's feet here in our east coast races!!
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