Snowboard review Burton Vapor
Expensive piste carve beast
As the top Burton camber snowboard my expectations were high. And the board lived up to it. Very stable on high speed and responsive in turns. The Vapor is strong, it doesn’t forgive easily. All the ingredients for aggressive riding on the piste. I love this board, but to me it is not worth the extra money compared to for example the Nitro Pantera or the Arbor A-frame. Although when you can pick one up at a discount as it is no longer produced...
Cheapest price we found (an old) Burton Vapor 2013 for sale, US shipment only:
Specialty: carving pistes
The Vapor expects you to put all your effort and power in it. Then, it awards you with the sensation of speed and control. Especially on long turn carving. Because of the stiffness of the board it allows you to cut through the uneven parts of the piste easily. Always stable, it doesn’t forgive and pushes you to go to your limits. Every time I start a ride on this snowboard, the adrenaline starts flowing. The faster you go on this (former) top Burton board, the more you get. Not build for going slow or short turns though. It feels very light on your feet. Not a beginners board, but as soon as you know what you are doing, take the challenge!
Advanced - expert
90% piste & 10% off-piste
Stable, precise, smooth switch
Speed, carve, pop
Adrenaline on piste
I think the Vapor suits the piste best, but allows a bit of powder as well. Its responsiveness helps a lot as long as you are in charge. On the other hand, in deeper powder the snowboard tends to dive. For hiking up it is nice that the Burton Vapor is so light weighted.
Burton about the Vapor
Razor sharp response meets space-age design in the lightest, snappiest camber on offer, says Burton. To me it is an aggressive, light, quick carve board. Of course with the Burton Channel binding system. Slimrail, which is interesting because it helps to make the snowboard lighter. On the other hand a thin rail might not help durability if it is sharpened regularly. The reason the Burton Vapor is so expensive is at least partly because of the production. Handmade with top materials. The bottom is made of a stronger material than usual, which gives more protection and durability. Apparently the Vapor would slide pretty good even without wax.
Dimensions/sizes of Burton Vapor
Length (cm): 155, 157, 159, 162Wide
Waist (mm): 24.8, 25.0, 25.2, 25.9
Performance wise I see a couple of usually less expensive alternatives. On the other hand, the Vapor is a quality beast, just like the Silbaerg Carvomat Pro Carbon, but where to buy that one? Other stiff camber snowboards which excel on the groomed slopes, are the Rossignol XV Magtek and the Arbor A-frame.