We’re blessed that Colorado is still having an outstanding ski touring spring season, so on-snow gear evaluation can continue (Lisa and I are still in Europe, but guest bloggers in Colorado are carrying the local torch). Weight is 1154 grams per ski for our pair of 178 cm.
A little while ago I got the La Sportiva Vapor Svelte into the weight chart. THIRD overall lightest! While I’d like to see these with more light colored topskin, the graphics do look pretty cool (and as we’ve covered recently, perhaps my bias towards heat reflective skis doesn’t apply to as many situations as I thought). We’ll get extensive testing done on these eventually. For now know this pair of 178 cm planks has real-world measured profile 121-94-112, in my opinion thus falling into the perfect width class for an all-around touring ski that still has a nice platform under the foot.
WildSnow.com publisher emeritus and founder Lou (Louis Dawson) has a 50+ years career in climbing, backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. He was the first person in history to ski down all 54 Colorado 14,000-foot peaks, has authored numerous books about about backcountry skiing, and has skied from the summit of Denali in Alaska, North America’s highest mountain.