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La Sportiva Vapor Svelte

Brand: La Sportiva
Model: Vapor Svelte
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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.

  • Pre-preg carbon fiber laminates are reinforced with nanotubes somewhere in the USA.
  • Kevlar weave core retains its life better than wood while being torsionally stiff and snappy.
  • Bases are P-Tex 6000, an expensive and hard material that helps prevent core shots.
Specifications
Lengths (cm) 168, 178, 188
Weight
-> ounces
1080g [168]
1165g [178]
1240g [188]
Weight (pair) 2160g [168]
2330g [178]
2480g [188]
Dimensions 123-96-113
Turn Radius 16.9m [168]
19m [178]
21m [188]
Skin Fix Polygonal tip & tail
Specs Verified Yes
Design
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
7/20/2016
by Kirk T (used product a few times)
 
Just get them. You know you want to. These are a fantastic ski for up, down & flat - as a bonus, they're the best mogul-bashers I've ever skied (I ski bumps hard & fast, so the incredibly low swing weight of these skis really counts - I can't wait to get them into the trees). They're seem to be built as tough as a light ski can be, with great flex characteristics that prefer a balanced, gentle & steady skiing technique (pushing them around as if they're heavier skis makes them feel very hooky in the tail to me). My biggest problem is now that I hate skiing on anything else. Poor me!
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