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When you have to get up to get down.
You can't help the fact that the harder the line is to ski, the more you want to ski it. Luckily, the La Sportiva Vapor Svelte Ski shares your affliction with a lightweight construction that likes to travel long distances and up big, intimidating mountains with aplomb. Now, we know what you're thinking—a lot of skis are getting thrown in the lightweight class these days, but we assure you, that with a weight of just 5lb 3oz (1175g) in a 188cm length, the Vapor Svelte Skis truly belong in the lightweight class.
Sitting at a versatile 96mm underfoot, the Vapor Svelte will make the most of the variable conditions you'll encounter above treeline, along with enough tip and tail width to float the occasional powder and a narrow enough waist to easily hold an edge on the hardpack. A slightly rockered tip and tail let you make tight turns down pinner couloirs and navigate narrow chokes through the crux of your line. When you make your exit and loosen those turns up down the apron, you will be able to arc turns with confidence thanks to plenty of camber underfoot.
The construction of the Vapor Svelte consists of what La Sportiva calls Carbon Torsion Box construction. The layup is made up of a Kevlar weave composite core with prepreg resin matrix reinforced with carbon nanotubes, the result of which makes the ski both ridiculously lightweight and torsionally stiff. The other major benefit to this construction is that the ski will last much longer than a traditional wood core ski, while maintaining the same snappy feel throughout the ski's life. Since this ski is built to ride lines where conditions will be, well, less than ideal, La Sportiva went ahead and put a burly P-Tex 6000 base to resist core shots and a wide 2.2mm steel edge to the put the handle on chunks of ice and the occasional rock.
- Camber underfoot, tip and tail rocker
- Carbon Torsion Box construction (cap)
- Kevlar weave composite core
- Prepreg carbon nanotube laminates
- P-Tex 6000 bases
- 5lb 3oz (188cm)
- Made in USA
- Q & A
La Sportiva Svelte
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
After the first few minutes of skiing the La Sportiva Sveltes, the edges of my lips began to curl up into a smile that extended all the way to my toes. They are that good!
The Sveltes are authoritative and powerful on alpine ice when you drive your edges on GS or Slalom turns. And they are playful and effortless in powder or crud as you bounce through tight trees and hop over rocks and fallen timber.
I have decades of experience; these are by far the best off piste skis yet. They do equally well on piste, but because they have such an absurdly light construction, they may not be the first choice for a daily resort driver. I am looking forward to climbing and skiing 4000+M peaks with them.
I am skiing 178 Sveltes with La Sportiva Spectre Boots, La Sportiva Svelte Skins, ATK Raider 97mm 14 Bindings and ATK 97mm Crampons.