$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.