Built for the up, plenty strong for the down.
The Vapor Nano Ski from La Sportiva is the newest incarnation of skis that are blurring the lines between uphill and downhill. With tip rocker, tail rocker, and traditional camber underfoot, these lightweight skis can ski anything from deep powder to mank with ease. Where they really shine, however, is on the uphill. Carbon nano-tubes make up the laminate layers that are placed over a Kevlar weave composite, and reinforced with carbon fiber plates for added torsional rigidity. These days, just because a ski is light, it doesn't mean that it can't ski hard on the downhill, and these are a perfect example of that new standard. To make touring easy, La Sportiva added tip and tail skin attachment holes that are compatible with La Sportiva's proprietary, pre-cut skins.
- Tip and tail rocker, camber underfoot
- Carbon Torsion Box (cap construction)
- Kevlar Weave and paulownia core
- Prepreg carbon nanotube laminate layers
- Carbon fiber reinforcement plates
- 103mm underfoot width
- Traditional sidecut 130/103/120mm
- 5lbs 5oz per pair (180cm length)
- Tip and tail skin attachment holes
- Flat, notched tail
- Compatible with La Sportiva HiGlide Vapor Nano skins
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
After 3 months of use the ski broke in a turn after hitting a pebble. This was very awful since i was in the middle of a downhill.
My experience with the skies so far had been great, the truth is that i am really disappointed, since the skies are not cheap, in fact they are very expensive, so i had higher expectations.
Yes I'm On a Lift
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Best light weight ski I have skied. You cant feel it on your feet on the walk up but on the way down you don't have a ski that wont ski. It holds a great edge when thing get hard and ice, also it sounds like you are on plastic spoons. It floats when the going gets deep. If you are looking for light you found it.
Recommended Sizing Guide
Your ski size is largely determined by both your skiing ability and your preferred style of skiing. For example, an expert skier in Vermont will ski a far different ski than an expert in British Columbia. So take a look at our chart and explanations and find your perfect fit. Your weight also plays a large factor in finding the right ski. If you are either under or over average weight for your height consider downsizing or upsizing, respectively.
|Big-Mountain Freeride||Backcountry Jib||All-Mountain||Park & Pipe||All-Mountain Carve|
|Pro||180 - 200cm||180 - 190cm||180 - 190cm||175 - 185cm||175 - 185cm|
|Expert||170 - 180cm||175 - 185cm||170 - 180cm||160 - 180cm||170 - 185cm|
|Intermediate||160 - 180cm||160 - 180cm||160 - 180cm||160 - 180cm||160 - 175cm|
|Entry Level||N/A||N/A||150 - 170cm||150 - 170cm||150 - 170cm|
SKILL LEVEL EXPLANATIONS
Pro: Excels on any terrain, on any snow condition. Enjoys high speeds.
Expert: Comfortable on any terrain and most snow conditions.
Intermediate: Comfortable on Blue trails, exploring Black trails.
Entry Level: Learning to ski Green and Blue trails.
SKIING STYLE EXPLANATIONS
Big-Mountain Freeride: High speeds, deep powder, steep lines, straightlining, chutes, cliffs.
Backcountry Jib: Backcountry kickers, hucking, twintips, deep powder.
All-Mountain: From bumps to back bowls, groomers to glades; everything and anywhere on the mountain.
Park & Pipe: De-tuned edges and buttery twin tips, occasionally pole-impaired.
All-Mountain Carve: Stiff. High-speed corduroy cutter. For those blind to SLOW signs.