Va­por Float

Powder - - SKIS - —Clare Men­zel

$1,299 D: 140-117-128mm R: 26m

The Va­por Float is not a frontside ski, and prob­a­bly isn’t ideal for those who com­ple­ment OB runs with a few chair­lift laps. But in soft snow—whoo boy, this ski is ef­fort­less. With dual rocker, ta­pered tip, and a 117-mil­lime­ter waist, ex­pect a floaty ride that piv­ots and slashes im­me­di­ately when asked. More­over, you’ll be thank­ful for the en­ergy you saved on the ap­proach, as the ski weighs just 1440 grams. La Sportiva builds the U.s.a.-made Va­por Float with a re­designed car­bon nan­otube over­lay pat­tern in the lam­i­nate lay­ers, a car­bon tor­sion box con­struc­tion, and Kevlar weave com­pos­ite core. This combo in­creases the skis’ tor­sional rigid­ity with­out mak­ing com­pro­mises on the weight. One af­ter­noon at Pow­der Week, we found a play­ful low-an­gle zone that was barely a 10-minute skin from the re­sort bound­ary. It was deep. It was late. An­other run? When you have the Va­por Float be­neath you, the answer is al­ways yes.

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