Short of nailing your feet to your skis, this is as light as you’re going to get. The Hi-Cube is the culmination of La Sportiva’s years of experience making the Stratos line of skimo racing boots. Everything has been tweaked into a trimmer package, and the price has been lowered to boot (no pun intended). The Hi-Cube has virtually zero walking resistance while being impressively stiff in ski mode. The boot was designed to win races yet be skied by Tom Goth daily. If you’ve been waiting to jump on the carbon bandwagon, now is the time.
New tapered shape is compact and precise, transmitting power and steering signals.
Reinforcement ribs and anti-breakage inserts reduce vibration and potential problems.
Vibram® Ice Trek rubber soles are hard enough to be used for real ski mountaineering.
Likewise, Spur-Heel Construction™ means you can attach crampons without a hitch.
Forward lean can be adjusted in a wide range to dial in your stance on various skis.
CavoLever ski/walk switch is integrated into the top buckle for fast mode changes.
Lower buckle has been reworked and offers a comfortable hole over your foot.
Schoeller® Stretch Gaiter is integrated into the lower shell for a snug snow block.
Hi-Cube liner is thermo-formable, or will mold to your foot after some skiing.
Spur-heel is compatible with all types of crampons
Crazy light, crazy skiing.
I measure 276 mm but have a reasonably wide foot . 102mm . I am looking for a carbon fibre race boot in Aus but can’t try any in here I am thinking the 28.5 too accomodate my width in a slipper like this ?
Hey Will! My two cents: never size up or down to get a proper fit in a boot. A few years ago that used to be common just because there weren't very many boots on the market. Now there are so many options that it's not worth doing that. I think the Scarpa Alien 3.0 has a better chance of fitting your forefoot. It's not a wide boot but it's definitely wider than this boot. The new Dynafit Pintech boot may fit you even better though. It has the widest forefoot of any carbon race boot that I've seen and probably closer to what you're looking for in terms of fit than the Hi-Cube.
Aaron- This boot is definitely narrower and lower volume than a pdg. We dont have any specifics either on the boot. Especially narrower through the mid foot. It also has a big power strap over the instep to help hold the foot in place.
* How does the back-of-heel-to-toe-pin-holes distance compare to the Gignoux race boots? Would the Sportiva boots properly fit bindings that have been mounted for Gignoux in the same size? (26 in particular?)
* Is the ski/walk mode done with the heel lever (yay!) or the cuff lever (boo!)?
Hi Scott, unfortunately the sole lengths don't match up reliably to the PGs. You have to use the red cuff lever to switch modes. The skiing is pretty phenomenal and compares favorably to some PG boots, though there are several models of those with different characteristics.