Radar 2018 Vapor Graphite Waterski
Purpose-built products designed with you in mind. Each ski Radar manufactures accomplishes a different goal. Their processes utilizes a plethora of foams and carbons to build skis for certain tasks. Whether you're trying to rope your way through 41 off or you just enjoy a Sunday morning ski ride, you can rest assured knowing Radar makes a ski with your name on it.
The Vapor Graphite features a polyurethane core in the body. Polyurethane is damper foam, allowing the ski to sit a little deeper in the water, which makes for more progressive turns. Those skiing in a mix of open water and the slalom course favor the Graphite construction.
More width through the tail makes the ski sit more level and allows speed to be carried more consistently. The area directly under your front foot has an increased taper that lets the ski move through the finish of the turn easier and allows the tip height to stay constant, ultimately increasing efficiency. The wide spot of the ski has been moved forward, which gives you the ability to stand over your front foot with confidence.
Rocker defines the pivot point on a ski. For 2018 Radar moved that contact point closer to the ball of your front foot, which helps the ski pivot easier. The tight radius quick turns are then balanced with new tail rocker lines that add tail support off the buoy, giving you the ability to build more speed from a wider point. The last element of the rocker profile is the updated tip rocker. More height here helps the finish of the turn happen more quickly and with more stability.
Increased concave depth through the front half of the Vapor for 2018. This added depth gives the ski more lifting properties, which translates into support for the skier. Due to the increase in concave depth and the added mass in the middle of the ski, Radar took out the step found in the previous version of the Vapor. Removal of the step puts more pressure on the bevels of the ski and gives the ski the ability to roll on edge easier, providing more tip pull from apex to turn completion. More support combined with more pull is all any skier can ever ask for in a ski.
A new rounder bevel allows the Vapor to roll edge-to-edge more smoothly and provides the skier with more ability to increase edge angle...and makes for smoother, more dynamic turns. The new bevels have increased contact with the water, which allows the ski to decelerate into the turn and the skier to have a tight line at apex. With the rope tight at the height of the turn, the skier is able to generate speed from the wide point, allowing for more angle and earlier lines in the course.
The addition of corrugated contours through the tip of the ski allows it to flex when loaded at the finish of a turn. Through the utilization of CorFlex, the ski is able to flex more with the same amount of carbon in the layup. By keeping the same amount of carbon, more energy can be created through the loading and unloading process. The ski is easier to turn, quicker to accelerate, and creates space more efficiently before the buoy with the addition of CorFlex.
Chris Rossi set out to recreate Radar's new flagship water ski with a stated goal; 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 into the buoy earlier than ever before. A new concave gives the ski more support in the turn, yielding tight, powerful turns that seem automatic. The final piece of the puzzle is Radar's new rocker profile featuring a contact point that is closer to your feet to makes the ski stay level throughout your entire pass. This increases speed behind the boat and allows you to carry this speed through the turn. The new Vapor is undoubtedly Radar's best ski yet. Give it a rip.
|Size||Surface Area||Max. Width||Suggested Max. Speed||Terrain||Recommended Weight|
|66"||354.088 sq in.||6.842"||36 mph||Crossover||125 Lbs.-180 Lbs./56 kg-81 kg|
|67"||365.661 sq in.||6.946"||36 mph||Crossover||160 Lbs.-200 Lbs./73 kg-91 kg|
|68"||376.658 sq in.||7.050"||36 mph||Crossover||180 Lbs.-220 Lbs./82 kg-100 kg|
|69.5"||393.458 sq in.||7.205"||36 mph||Crossover||200+ Lbs./90+ kg|