Are you planning on making a female-specific version?
There are plans to make a female option of the hardshell carbon composite construction. Our design team are hard at work developing dedicated female products, although the Alpha sits in the middle and is not specific to gender and the shape was taken into account for both male and female riders. As for the new hardshell pure construction, we’ve created a harness specifically for women: the Vapor PureGirl.
How does the newly engineered Vapor differ from the Alpha?
You will notice the outline has changed for the new Vapor and is the same as the Alpha. You will also notice the two differ completely in flex patterns. Overall, the Alpha is stiffer in general and the Vapor carries a lot more flex. The PURE material works super well for this application.
Tell us more about the PURE material used in the Vapor, and how it is utilized.
We use PURE TM material that is non-toxic, lighter than water and 100% recyclable. PURE is a top-of-the-range, 100% polypropylene, self-reinforced composite material. It is non-resin based and is a unique yet durable, low weight and tough thermoplastic composite. PURE is thermo-formable under heat in press form processes. Furthermore, it does not splinter and has unique properties making it an excellent material for the Vapor harnesses. PURE is patented and a trademark-protected material and its durability and elasticity are perfectly suited for harnesses. PURE is also very strong at even low temperatures – for snow kiting for example – and is a material with ballistic properties.
Tell us about your new spreader bar for the new Alpha and Vapor models.
The inspiration for the bar stemmed from the inside of a bone and the strength it carries for being hollow. There is a fine line where taking material out of a product increases the overall strength. The Alpha spreader bar has a new lever system to close and lock it, eliminating any chance of the bar releasing under load. The bar is fiber-filled Nylon material which gives it incredible strength. Behind that is an electroplated titanium-coated spine which gives it the added strength. The Alpha spreader bar has a similar process to the stainless bars which is a coating. We pushed the idea with the help of the factory and suppliers. We had a vision and accomplished the end result. Like anything electroplated it has to be done in a clinical environment and thoroughly cleaned. The overall process gives the bar a super high anti-corrosive layer. This process is well known for its durability in other industries as well; high-end mountain bike parts also feature this titanium electroplated coating. The 7mm rod we use for the hook itself is stronger than what is usual in our industry giving a 14% stronger hook – a proven technology now available in our industry. ■
Check out the price of the Alpha and Vapor here.