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La Sportiva Vapor Nano Ski

Brand: La Sportiva
Model: Vapor Nano
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Nanotubes! Now in skis! La Sportiva has raised the bar significantly with the jump in technology found in the new Vapor Nano ski. We are so impressed we made it our first ski wider than 100mm underfoot!

A pre-preg resin matrix reinforced with carbon nanotubes (the strongest and stiffest fibers yet discovered) allows for a revolutionary weight to surface area. The skis are literally cooked until they harden into powder blasting weapons. Weapons that will fire for a long time; the nanotube hardening process ensures the ski will retain the same flex and rebound over time, unlike skis with wood cores that are susceptible to deadening.

The Nanos feature an insatiable rocker evolved from the five series of skis (Hi5, Lo5, Hang5). Also evolved is the positive camber underfoot and easy turning 20.5m radius [180cm]. When combined with the crazy weight, it’s almost as if the skiing is being done for you since your legs won’t tire. If you’re looking to lap powder over and over for years to come, think Vapo Nano from La Sportiva.

  • Carbon nanotube construction is state of the art American technology; made in the U.S.A.
  • The torsional stiffness of the ski is unmatched in category due to the materials and process.
  • Downright silly weight of 1215 grams (2lbs 13oz) for a 103mm waisted ski.
  • Manufactured for a long lifespan, with no wood core to break or deaden.
  • Very hard and durable P-Tex 6000 bases will help keep the rocks away from your nanotubes.
  • Typical La Sportiva flat notched tail for cutting blocks and tip/tail holes for building anchors & sleds.
  • Matching skins available.

PLEASE NOTE: When mounting bindings on this ski, you may need to shorten the screws since the ski is so thin. This is especially true with the shorter lengths. Epoxy is recommended.

Lengths (cm) 164, 172, 180, 188
-> ounces
1140g [164]
1180g [172]
1245g [180]
1325g [188]
Weight (pair) 2280g [164]
2360g [172]
2490g [180]
2650g [188]
Dimensions 129-103-120 [164]
129-103-120 [172]
130-103-120 [180]
130-103-120 [188]
Turn Radius 17m [164]
19m [172]
21m [180]
23m [188]
Skin Fix Z-Clip tip and tail holes, flat notched tail
Specs Verified Yes
Profile Generous tip rocker, camber underfoot, gentle tail rocker
Shape Spoon tip, medium radius, flat tail
Construction Revolutionary carbon nanotube process
Core Kevlar weave composite
Skimo Co Says
Usage Powder, powder, & more powder
Notes State of the art manufacturing in the USA
Bottom Line Mind blowing weight for a powder plank
by Jonathan S (used product a few times)
Overall: Five Stars for an amazing expanse of width for its weight (or rather, lack thereof) with downhill performance in soft snow just as excellent as would be expected from its dimensions in all regards. But definitely not even close to a quiver-of-one (even if your narrower skis for firmer conditions might save hardly any weight over the Nano). Also Five Stars for Skimo Co’s free mounting, as DIY’ers are in for some extra challenge.

Background on product familiarity: I’ve used the 2014-15 version for just a single outing so far. (Yes, our 2015-16 New England “winter” was almost that bad, although with hindsight I should have used the Nano for several other fleeting powder days.) I mounted the 172cm length with Plum Race 145 bindings for Dynafit RC1 boots (size 26). Closest ski I have is the Dynafit Denali (168cm).

First, the first impressions out of the box: Width, weight, rocker – even just checking out this ski off snow creates quite the first impression!
Mounting entails some challenges. The suggested mounting position is so far in front of any other ski in my quiver. My version had four additional mounting marks for +/- 1 or 2cm. I went a full 2cm back, especially given how short my race boot bsl is relative to my foot size (i.e., my foot is much further forward on the ski than it would be with even a lightweight touring boot).

And in the shorter sizes, you need to drill with a shorter junior mounting bit and grind down all your screws by a couple mm. La Sportiva also recommends a somewhat obscure epoxy, although I used my favorite G/flex 650. Still though, with all these caveats, mounting was (eventually) fine.

Second impressions, in use: Delightful float and general skiability in powder, even more so for the lack of weight on the up. I also survived okay through some necessary jump turns in tightly treed skied-off very steep terrain. So any sort of decent winter backcountry conditions, sure.

Springtime though, or even just difficult winter ski mountaineering, the Nano is not for that kind of versatility, despite a weight spec light enough for anything other than racing. Returning back to the resort via an end-of-the-day scraped-off moderately pitched groomer was a borderline ordeal. Truly steep backcountry terrain covered in all sorts of oddly frozen substances would most likely be an epic in a really bad sense.

Third impressions, for long-term durability: Insufficient basis for far for that.
Reply from Nate
I can't find anything online about these skis needing a specialty bit and screw length for these. JBo can you comment? Is mounting these going to be any different from backcountry skis I've done in the past? Thanks for the help!
Reply from jbo
Hi Nate, the two shorter lengths (164 & 172) call for a 7.5mm drill bit, a couple mm shallower than most adult alpine skis. You also likely need to shorten your screws.
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Comment from stephen o
I have had the V Nano for almost a year. Great ski as others have said. I was a little discouraged as it was easy to get too far forward on this ski. After doing some research I decided to move the bindings back 2 cm. They ski much better now in all conditions. I have the 180s and I'm 210 lbs so I am probably pushing the max on this length.
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Question from Vman
155# 6'2 ski (and love) 182 Stokes. Ski and don't love 176 denalis. Want a lighter ski than the stokes for powder. 180 or 188?????
Answer from jbo
Hi Vman, they ski short so I'm sure you could handle and enjoy the 188s, but I still have to vote 180 if you're carrying them uphill through switchbacks and such.
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by Alex N. (used product regularly)
These are amazing skis- you will pay through the nose for them, but they are amazing. I have skied them on everything from bottomless blower to refrozen death crust, and while they are clearly meant for the former they do pretty well in the latter as well, although they are a chattery due to lack of mass. The carbon "nano-tubes" do their job in making an uber-light powder board that is absurdly fun on both the way up and the way down. Pair with mohair skins and you will simply fly up the skintrack.

For the record, I have skied these with TLT5 and TLT6, which I think pairs perfectly, along with plum race 185 bindings. No complaints so far. This season I will try them out with the Alien 1.0. Anything less stiff than these will probably suffer a bit in terms of performance (if you ski them in TLT5/6 without the tongues you will notice the difference, of course.)

Weight-wise, the ski is clearly as good as it gets, that's a given- so I won't dwell on this. I do have a few comments on the performance:

1) They ski short. Size up, for sure. Don't hesitate.
2) They like to turn and if you're cruising they will pull you into a particular shape pretty strongly for a rocker tail/tip ski. This took me some getting used to.

and, of course 3), you'd better have friends with light gear too, or really fit friends, as you'll be half as tired at the end of each lap and want to ski twice as much.

For me, my touring quiver consists at all times of these and a pair of skis in the low-mid eighties for days when the snow isn't as heavy or for steeper mountaineering. In a pinch, these could do both- you will come up against the fundamental limitations of such a lightweight ski that is 100+ under foot, but within that category they are pretty dan versatile.

Overall, fantastic ski and worth the $$$ if you're into non-stop powder laps.
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by Eric (used product regularly)
I normally don't write reviews, but these skis deserve the praise. Can't say enough. Super light, responsive and fast. I've had them in waist deep powder, bullet-proof ice fields, ski resort packed ice groomers, moguls, etc. Would buy again. I am 6'2" and chose the 180 and am happy with the weight to performance ratio. Also MADE IN THE USA.
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Question from Adam
I want to buy this ski for my wife for Christmas (which makes me feel less guilty for getting nice skis for myself). She is 170cm tall. With the rocker, I'm not sure whether to go for the 164 or 172. She will mostly use it in the bc but occasionally on the resort in the right conditions. I'm thinking 164 would be best. Your thoughts?
Answer from jbo
Best husband ever! They ski a little short on hard snow with the rocker, but that isn't the sweet spot for this ski anyway. These have a decent sidecut and are fairly easy to turn so I'm thinking she would like the 172 at the resort. Of course shorter is always more manageable on the up, and the 164 should do OK float wise at this width for her. Send an e-mail with some more details about her skiing & what she skis now for a more accurate reading.
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Question from Brent
I am interested in the Nano - is there someone who has skied them can respond to the review from Wildsnow and Backcountry w/ regard to the mounting point being too far forward. Also, I currently have the Manaslu 184 which I am happy with; wondering with the significant rocker in the tip if the 180 would feel too short?
Answer from jbo
Hi Brent. I skied them and didn't think they were too far forward, though mounting them back a little isn't a terrible idea either. For the most flexibility you can use a toe adjustment plate. The rocker is big which does shorten the effective length on hard snow. I like the 180 at 6'1" 165, though I'd get the 188 if it were a resort ski.
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by Brett N (used product regularly)
These are probably my favorite pair of skis I have ever skied. They offer the ultimate In lack of weight and performance. I have skied these on everything from boiler plate ice to corn to powder, and a little breakable crust. The rocker helps in the less then ideal conditions. In powder they are a dream!! They hold edge and don't chatter on hard surfaces, and carve exceptionally well on corn. These are hands down the nicest carbon ski I have skied.

Uphill they fly!! I use them with a pomoca skin, and Sportiva tip kit. This is a lightweight nice, clean set up. White top sheets seem to work against keeping snow from building up on them.

Only negative is the durability of the paint on the top sheets, the paint seems to chip pretty easy. I have one tip missing a lot of paint, while the other one looks fine. I have never had this issue with top sheets before. This is the only reason I rate these a 4 out of 5. This doesn't effect performance in any way.

Overall- great product only ski I have skied since I received them 6 weeks ago, I would buy again in a second
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Question from Ian
I am debating on getting this ski this year or waiting to see what else will be in this category next year. I am also wondering if you have any perspective on how well the ski skis. I like the reviews I've read thus far. Will you be demoing at all this weekend at the Pkeg? Thanks for the help.
Answer from jbo
Hey Ian, I will be at the powder keg but unfortunately won't have any Nanos to demo. Come say hi and I'll give you a brain dump on my thoughts after skiing them (so far I haven't left any reviews on the site lest I be accused of seller's bias). I will say they are in a class of their own next year...these are officially next season's skis after all. The future is now!
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