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2018 Radar Lithium Vapor

$1,299.99

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A huge step up for 2018, the real question is what's not different with the new 2018 Vapor!
Chris Rossi set out to recreate Radar's new flagship ski with one goal in mind. He wanted to design a ski that carried more speed and generated better angle than anything on the market. Rounder bevels allow the ski to roll edge to edge quicker, ultimately sending you earlier into the buoy than ever before. A new concave gives the ski more support in the turn yielding tight, powerful turns that seem automatic. The final piece to the puzzle was our new rocker profile; moving the contact point closer to your feet makes the ski stay level throughout the entire pass. This increases speed behind the boat and allows you to carry this speed through the turn. The new Vapor is undoubtedly our best ski yet, give it a rip.
 PVC is proven as a core. Its lightweight feel is an upgrade to polyurethane, making the ski nimble and faster both out of the turn and off the second wake. It’s a 100% carbon fiber racehorse; now at a more affordable price.

The Radar Lithium Vapor - Build Construction
KEY FEATURES:
• 100% Carbon laminates
• PVC core
• Lightweight Sigmatex carbon fabric with heavy tow fibers
• Torsional stability carbon layer
• Hand crafted at Radar Lake
• Pro Comp Adjustable fin

The 2018 Radar Skis Collection
The Vapor is the finest comp ski on the water. It accelerates like a rocket ship and balances on a tightrope. The advancement of developing the rockerline in conjunction with sidecut has proven to create hydrodynamic harmony. No other ski boasts such a parallel sidecut (keeping the ski riding level) with an answer for tip support created by the additional mass added in front of the wide spot on Vapor.

Textreme by VAPOR RADAR
Textreme® is the manufacturer of type of carbon weave called spread toe. The carbon is formed into a tape rather than a rope found in conventional carbon fabrics. The tape produced is much thinner and has more material packed in the same area. This construction gives better mechanical performance plus a 20% weight reduction and 20% strength gain. By using Textreme®, with its thin layers, the maximum strength until breakage is more than twice as high, compared to conventional carbon fabrics. Textreme® contributed to victories in Tour de France, America’s Cup and F1 races over the past year. Our exclusive partnership with Textreme® has taken the Vapor to another level.

The Front Of The Ski
Wider parallel lines in the side cut give the ski a stable place to run in the water on off side turns. Our newest concept now thins the sidewall, thinner than the middle of the ski, crowning the top surface. So although the ski design is wider, there is no additional resistance from the overall thickness of the ski. It rides in the water like a narrower ski while keeping the width to be the most stable turning off side ski ever on the water. 
In addition, our fore-body bevel design morphs infinitely into a hard edge in the tip of the ski. The further forward the water breaks, the more resistance you receive from Vapor.

The Back Of The Ski
NEW “on-edge” platform was designed by straightening the side cut around the back foot. This gives the ski a consistent attitude after edge change, keeping the tip up, holding speed and direction toward apex. At 12” from the tail the side cut narrows and the rocker kicks up freeing the tail from early turn initiation and unnecessary tip pressure. The concave is also flat through the back of the fin allowing for increased slide through the finish of the on side turn.
Radar Vapor Fin Settings - 2017 Vapor Pro Series


The Rocker

In general terms, more rocker equals tighter turn radius. Too much rocker makes the ski a rocking chair, giving the skier nowhere to stand. The 2017 Lithium Vapor rocker has an existing flat spot for a gas pedal for pushing away from the wakes and just enough to keep it auto centering. The rest of the rocker rises earlier with a big kick in the last 9”. It’s fast, nimble and initiates turns like it’s on rails.

What’s that thing in the bottom of the ski?
An edge-to-edge concave design is fastest, best off the second wake and finest for on side turning ability. We run that base from the wide spot of the ski back through the tail.  A railed base design creates lift and roll (because of the added mass) and feels great as an off side turner. It lets you roll forward on to the tip of the ski without penalty. We run this design from the wide spot forward to the tip of the ski.  The line across the bottom is simply that mass change. It’s truly the best hybrid base design, as it creates the best off side and on side turn all in one ski.

How the Vapor Lithium Holds Up

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