La Sportiva Vapor Svelte

A review of the La Sportiva Vapor Svelte for the 2017 POWDER Buyer's Guide

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Price: $1,200

Lengths: 168, 178, 188cm

Dimensions: 126-96-113mm

Radius: 19m (@188cm)

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The younger brother to La Sportiva's hyper-light Vapor Nano, the new Svelte offers a thinner waist while featuring the same rigid build that has won the hearts of many backcountry skiers. Carbon Nanotube makes up a majority of the Svelte's core construction, providing more dampness than a traditional car- bon core, and a longer lifespan than its wood core competitors. The Svelte is a stable, yet lightweight ride with surprisingly minimal chatter that skis best in the backcountry. "As far as La Sportiva goes, the Svelte skied like a true alpine ski: The least chatter and best edge hold for a ski of this weight," says Kelsey Barnes.