2017 Radar Pro Build Vapor
The New Pro Build Construction was modeled to offer you what the pros have known for more than a year. It's knowing that there's something better out there than PVC. Countless titles have been won under cloak during the development of this newest construction. Combine our new core with structural Textreme Carbon and dampening Innegra and you'll find nothing more technically advanced anywhere.
PRO BUILD PMI CORE
Our newest construction moves what we know about ski building into the next realm. PMI is the next generation of lightweight reactive core foam. Its current application is aircraft construction based on its ability to easily shape and thermoform. In our application, PMI is lighter, more rigid (simplifying the layup) and more reactive. The latter benefit offers more feel and forgiveness, which is something PVC lacks as a core material. PMI also displayed minimal structural fatigue after longevity cycle testing compared to PVC, which eventually broke down. There is a noticeable difference between other lightweight core skis and our new ProBuild.
• 100% Carbon laminates
• PMI core
• Textreme-Spread tow carbon laminates
• Hand crafted at Radar Lake
• Innegra-Reduced vibration
• Pro Comp Adjustable fin
Innegra is an exclusive Radar partnership, now used in Lithium Vapor to reduce vibration caused by the PVC/carbon build. It is used from the front foot forward, vastly improving energy dispersion in the tip, allowing for only the information you send the ski to affect the way it rides in the water. Say goodbye to tip chatter and vibration.
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.
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 Pro Build 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.