2017 Radar Vapor ProBuild Construction with PMI core!
Radar's newest Vapor and its construction challenged us to take all we know about ski building and push it to the next level! PMI Foam IS the next generation of lightweight reactive core foam available for the first time in this years 2017 Radar Vapor Pro Build.
PMI Foam is one of the most sought after materials used by the aerospace industry because of its properties that allow it to be shaped and thermo-formed like no other foam on the market. In our testing, we found that PMI is more rigid than basic PVC foam (simplifying the layup process of new skis) and much more reactive (allowing skis to have unmatched rebound characteristics and acceleration). Another major benefit our skiers and R& D teamed learned about PMI was that offers so much more feel and forgiveness on the water, which is something PVC as a core material simply didn’t provide the skier. Another real benefit of PMI is unmatched durability! In our tests, PMI displayed minimal structural fatigue after extended use by our team and longevity cycle testing as compared to PVC. For you the ski this is ensures you get a ski that not only performs better, but will last longer, ski stronger and allow you to take your skiing to new levels. The bottom line is that the new 2017 Radar Vapor Pro Build sets the new standard by which all tournament waterskis will be measured and that competitive skiers have demanded.
What You’ll Feel
SPEED, FORGIVENESS & DURABILITY The all new PRO BUILD’s PMI Core is a game changer. Blending PMI with Textreme® and Innegra with a proven shape that has changed the ski industry makes for a ski that simply is the finest ski on the market.
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 a 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.
The Back Of The Ski
A proven “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.
The Front Of The Ski
We’re wider in the front. 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 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.