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.
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|Lengths (cm)||164, 172, 180, 188|
|Weight (pair)||2280g 
|Turn Radius||17m 
|Skin Fix||Z-Clip tip and tail holes, flat notched tail|
|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|
Questions & Reviews
I am 5'4" skiing the 172cm (Scarpa Gea RS boots), I had these skis mounted with Solomon tech bindings which are centered on the mounting marks... I have seen in the comments above, that some people were given advice to move their bindings back. Would this be a suggestion for me? I am nervous to drill more holes into my ski, which probably sounds funny but I have never had carbon skis before. In fact, on the first day, I torn a small chunk out of the front of one of my skis, it looks to be just cosmetic, but that was a bummer, and evidence that these skis are a bit more fragile, maybe(?). Thanks for your help.
Breakable, ice, and other variable conditions are where these skis are lacking, part of my hesitation to push these skis on variable conditions may stem from my choice of bindings, but in my experience I wouldn't push these hard on anything but powder. They are also an extremely loud ski, which sounds odd, but on anything other than soft they chatter so loudly I want earplugs.
Used a pair of 180 Nanos for 20 plus days and really liked the ski. As would be obvious going uphill was a revelation. Even riding a lift with these on my feet at a resort demo was a surreal experience. The low swing weight made these skis so much fun in tight trees or little chutes where it felt like I could just flick my hips and both skis came around instantaneously. But with the forward mounting location and the fact that the skis do ski very short I found myself plowing under any snow more than 6" deep. I didn't want to mount a 180 further back cause I didn't want to lose tail power on a ski that already skied short. So I made the call for a pair of 188cm.
The 188s are a truly strong ski. The extra length and edge provided a HUGE boost in performance at speed, providing a bit of a longer radius feel, but without losing very much of that quick pivot/swing that make these skis really unique. The extra length provided a good bit of extra float, and I never felt bogged down except on the absolute deepest days.
As for materials and durability that is a bit more nuanced. The bases and edges are top notch. The factory structure is as good as I have seen out of the packaging. These things hold wax very well and can take some abuse. Downsides on durability are that the mostly hollow core (vertically stacked kevlar honeycomb) means that if you take a hard impact on the base you may not "core shot" but you'll sort of dent the base a little. So it's easy to take your base out of flat (even mounting can do this a little, I had small concavities under my screws) if that is something that matters to you at all. The topsheet is not very durable. Granted it is mostly cosmetic, but it is pretty easy to chip and scratch the topsheet. I somehow managed to put a small hole in mine that I needed to fill up with epoxy.
I put a good 80+ days on mine over 2 seasons (skied with TLT6P and Vertical FT12) before passing them on to new home. These are being replaced by a new pair of 189cm Vapor Floats!
NOTE TO SPORTIVA:
Please, space your ski widths a little better. Sveltes, Nanos, and (I hope) Floats are awesome. But with the Svelte at 96mm, and the Float at 117mm, the Nano really should be 106-107mm. If it was I would not be going to the wider Float (which will really be a lot wider than I need and will reduce my total days on the ski as I will opt for my 95-100mm on anything sub 12".
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.
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.
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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