The new & improved technology coming out of DVS is commendable. During the review process for the Vapor, we were constantly impressed by it’s new found quality & feel. The Vapor itself should have taken days, or at least a couple of hours to break-in considering it’s cupsole technology but it was good right out of the box. If you haven’t been impressed by DVS in a while, be prepared to be impressed by the end of the review.
This review was done using our month long format and the shoe was skated for a total of 20 hours. Check below after each section to view the grading system. We base our ratings from 1-10. 10 being the best and 1 being the absolute worst. Enjoy.
Fortunately, the DVS Vapor is a perfect fit for any kind of foot. Despite it’s narrow fit, it’ll conform to a wide or skinny foot. It’s our guess that the Cush+Foam technology, along with the OrthoLite insole, help make this shoe form to your foot so easily.
Short Answer: True to Size
Comfort & Cushioning:
As you’ve probably seen in our FG, the Vapor is far more accommodating than it appears. Aside from having the Cush+Foam & OrthoLite insole in the shoe, the new Vaporcell technology makes it 3x’s as absorbent to impact. Vaporcell’s midsole cushioning system works for comfort, stairs/drops or casual skating. You’ll feel the difference as soon as you put on the Vapor. Also, because of it’s foam midsole, it makes breaking in the shoe that much easier. The forefoot area, where you’ll be flicking from, feels slightly thinner than the mid & heel portion of the shoe, but where there’s a lost in thickness, you’ll gain better board feel in that area. The feel of the shoe sits perfectly in between a vulc-feel with a solid cupsole-protection.
Comfort: 9. Even when off the board, we found ourselves wearing the Vapors because it never gave us any sore aftereffects. It also helps that it’s a good looking shoe.
Cushion: 8. If you’ve tried on the Vapors, then you know how good the cushioning feels. It’s not too overwhelming to the point where you can’t feel your board & it isn’t thin enough to pass as a vulc shoe hiding in a cupsole design. It just meets perfectly in the middle.The sidewalls, collar & tongue are on the thinner side, but if you know how to control your board, you’ll never miss the puffy padding that DVS was once popular for. Now, if section’s rating was a 10, then it would be because of their early 2000′s puffiness.
Board feel & Grip:
As we said before, the Vapor’s sit in the middle ground of board feel that we’re constantly looking for. Nothing too thick & nothing too thin. Where the board feel was perfect, the grip on the other hand needed more durability. Don’t get us wrong, it was plenty grippy & flexed perfectly in every way, but it didn’t last as long as we wanted it to. The outsole shedded away at an average rate but still consistently gave us the feel & grip we wanted. Overall, it’s always bittersweet when your toe outlasts your outsole. Regardless of the fact, the intricate design of the outsole proved to work incredibly well when breaking-in the shoe. All the symmetrical lines and flex-grooves ultimately helped make the shoe & our experience that much better when skating the Vapor. Had the outsole been a bit thicker, we may not have been as happy with the board feel, so realistically, we’re willing to sacrifice one favorite aspect of the shoe for the other.
Board feel: 8. The Vapor is probably one of the better shoes of this year that’s capture the perfect in-between feel of a vulc & a cupsole shoe. You’ll feel protected but confident while doing your tricks because of the ideal board feel.
Grip: 7. The pattern of the grip, along with the feel, was perfect. If only it hadn’t started to fade around the 2-week period, we would be giving it a higher grading.
After 20-hours of abuse, the DVS Vapor really impressed us. Anyone who’s questioned their durability & performace before should think otherwise after this review. With the addition of a simple vinyl layer underneath the suede toe, the Vapors were able to surpass our expectations in durability. The suede itself is beyond strong & really only started to show through after 15-hours of skating (with fresh grip on our board). The recessed paneling also helped make the shoe last that much longer. As with the toe, the sitching along the paneling started to fray around the 15-hour mark but didn’t come completely undone until the end of the review. Even then, the stability of the shoe wasn’t at risk and surprisingly, the toe kept our foot intacted throughout our time skating. It’s our guess that the structure from the vinyl underlaying kept the shoe from getting floppy & unstable. Of course, the heel counter also assisted in keeping the shoe together as well.
Suede: 9. Because of the sturdy construction of the shoe, along with it’s remarkable suede, nothing suits this shoe better than a 9. Aside from the toe, the suede underneath our ollie area stayed intact & never showed signs of ripping through.
Toe: 8. Had it not been for the vinyl layer, we’re sure that the Vapor would’ve fallen apart a lot sooner. Thankfully, that wasn’t the case. Not only did it help out with a good flick, but it also kept the shoe together, even after the stitching from the panel faded away.
Sole: 9.5 Undoubtably, the MVP of this review has to be the durable sole of the Vapor. Not only could it take a beating but, at no point did it gouge in large quantities. The sole faded away at a very slow rate & ultimately saved the toe from constantly being attacked. The sole itself also slid very well against the grip, providing a easy flick everytime. Had it not been for this durable sole, we’re sure that the vinyl layer wouldn’t have made it past the 20-hour mark.
There’s no way you cannot be convinced otherwise to try out the new DVS Vapor. It’s a stylish shoe with some great impact technology & stablity. This newfound technology & design that they’ve been using has really upgraded them from the standoff-ish brand that people used to categorized them in. With this re-commitment to their product & skating, we’re sure that you’ll feel compelled to try out a pair of DVS’ in no time. If this shoe & it’s quality are any sign of the products that they have cooking up in the future, we’ll seriously be anticipating their next move.