Early reports on the Vapor Nano suggested that it was an ultralight tool that could compete in the general purpose ski touring category. We selected it for our all-around backcountry review as a known near-outlier and tested it with the same indiscriminate terrain and conditions selection. We used it on the steep, firm, choppy, side-country days just as much as the huge and high-energy days of perfect powder. In the end, we found that it served well enough all around, but is really a specialized powder touring device. Other skis in our review are more versatile. You may very well love the La Sportiva Vapor Nano, especially if you ski tons of good powder, but we also encourage you to check out our more versatile Editors' Choice winner, the Volkl V-Werks BMT 90, which is nearly as light, in the grand scheme of things. In the powder touring category, Salt Lake City-based DPS is now selling their venerable Wailer 99 shape in an ultralight "Tour1" construction. In our testing we found the Tour1 Wailer to be the best powder hunting ski we've ever used. The Nano is a little wider and lighter, but the Tour1 is excellent.
La Sportiva updates their Vapor Nano this year, and the result is pictured above. Read on below the table for a side-by-side comparison of the newcomer and its predecessor.