Fewer nanotubes! Well, we didn’t actually count them. But since it’s a skinnier ski, it’s reasonable to assume there are fewer nanotubes in the new Vapor Svelte as compared to the Nano.
It’s also reasonable to assume the new ski performs as well as its standard-setting elder. The Svelte shares the same impressive-yet-semi-secret manufacturing process that enables La Sportiva to create such lightweight skis with exceptional life. This version features a slimmer profile with a touch less rocker and a touch more camber. This makes it a touch more appropriate for use as an everyday touring or mountaineering ski.
The new Svelte has a 96mm waist and a slightly shorter radius which makes it an even nimbler weapon than the Nano. Perhaps the biggest change is to the skin attachment system: no more tip and tail holes. Feel free to use your favorite (mohair!) skins on the polygonal tip and tails. Also feel free to lap your friends.
|Lengths (cm)||168, 178, 188|
|Weight (pair)||2160g 
|Turn Radius||16.9m 
|Skin Fix||Polygonal tip & tail|
|Profile||60% camber, 20% tip rocker, 20% tail rocker|
|Shape||Medium radius, tapered tip & tail|
|Construction||Top-secret carbon nanotube baking|
|Core||Kevlar weave composite|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Daily powder hunting|
|Notes||Made in USA|
|Bottom Line||Nimbler Nano|