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2010 Volkl Mantra Ski Reviews


Kickass All-mountain Ski


Pros: Stiff, good on choppy snow, good on hardpack, floats okay in fresh, stable at speed

Cons: Not a mogul ski, dives a little in powder

 This is a pretty kick-ass ski.  It's kind of like a really wide GS ski (96mm underfoot.)  It's at its most natural going really fast on firmer off-piste snow.  It will do short-radius turns, but it has to be muscled a bit and it's not necessarily pretty.  Moguls are a lot of work.  On groomed slopes, it holds a carve almost as well as my GS skis, but it's definitely slower edge-to-edge.  In fresh powder, the nose sometimes dives a little at lower speeds, with the bindings mounted on the factory mark.  They're still tons of fun in those conditions, though.  I also like skiing among the rocks and trees, and these skis are agile enough for that and wide enough not to sink when I give them a...
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2005 Volkl Mantra

I purchased the original version of the Mantra prior to is release in the 05/06 season.  The original ski was a gray color topsheet and had a waist width of 94 mm, and it was mounted with Fritchi Freeride alpine touring bindings.   This was the first wider ski I had purchased and it really made the off-piste and backcountry much easier.  Very versitile ski that can go from groomed to deep snow comfortably.  Volkl Mantra Review 2005

2010 Mantra


Pros: If it ain't broke dont fix it.

Cons: Maybe a little to much ski for a lightweight skier.

Tried and true the Mantra returns the same way it was last year...Perfect!  This ski has been around for a few years now and at 96mm underfoot it maybe the top 3 skis for a one ski quiver out there. It likes speed.  Loves deep snow.  Desires a real rider to be on them. Its the whip.

Volkl Mantra


Pros: Incredible all mountain, like road runner on crack(fast)

Cons: little stiff, topsheet chips, suck in moguls

This ski is the ultimate one ski quiver. It has enough side cut to hold well on the groomers but is fat enough for Eastern powder days (where i ski). You have to be a strong/ agressive skier to turn this baby. You really have to power the ski around. Great ski

Most Awesome Ski Ever


Pros: great one ski quiver, good powder crud and on trail ski for western skiing

Cons: none.

I had the early  2005 brownish/gray top sheet mantra and thought it was the best all round ski I ever skied.  At 94 mm under foot it was the widest ski i had ever been on but was amazingly stable at speed and carved well on trail.  In powder and crud the ski excelled. I am 5' 9'' and weigh 190 and felt very comfortable on the 184 mm.  @ 184 it was the shortest ski I ever skied since 1985.   I upgraded to the white with red graphics model which was a little wider at 96 mm underfoot in a 184 and felt the ski had stiffened up slightly from the older model but it could be that the originals had lost some snap.  nevertheless the newer ones seemed to bust...
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Great PNW Crud-Buster


Pros: Stiffness, reasonable float cruises through tracks

Cons: None really

I am 6', 205 and ski these in a 184 length with Marker Duke bindings.  As many reviews note here, these are a great daily ski for going through tracked out snow all over the PNW, which is wetter and heavier than some other places.  For me, the Mantras do well enough on the groom to have plenty of fun getting to the areas that aren't groomed, and enough float (although some days I would like more) to not get too lost after a deep dump.  They were a bit more of a handfule after a couple feet of drier powder that fell at ~12-16 degrees, but not every ski really does absolutely everything well.  Basically, I ski a resort that gets a ton of traffic in the steeper areas...
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177 Volkl Mantra


Pros: Stiff, stable, durable, powerful and responsive, extremely versatile

Cons: Thin bases

  Yep, this ski is probably one of the most talked about on Epic. Yep, there is a ton of reviews on it already. Yep i'm bored so gonna write one anyway.   Stats: Ski: 177 Volkl Mantra w/ Marker Jester 5'11" 165 lbs Level 9 Mountain: Treble Cone, New Zealand Conditions: Everything from bulletproof off piste to powder and summits. Other skis I have/recently owned: 191 ON3P Wrenegade, 170 Fischer Progressor 8, 177 Volkl Wall, 176 Salomon Dumonts, 189 Hellbents.   I bought these for the days where the snow conditions are pretty crappy. My 191 Wrens can be a lot of work in crappy conditions, so I bought these for something a little more relaxed and nimble. Something...
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2009 Mantra 170 cm


Pros: great in the crud and powder

Cons: chattered on harder snow

I demoed these recently at sugar bowl.  They were recently waxed, but the edges were very rough and could have used a tune.  The conditions were 3-5" of fresh (it was still snowing when I was up there).  I am 5'6" and about 125 lbs.  My previous ski was the Fischer RX-6.  I consider myself to be a level 6 skier.  I skied the Mantra the second half of the day after trying the Nordica Enforcer.  I found the Mantra to be better than the Enforcer in crud, but not necessarily hard snow or powder.  For the first hour I was fighting with the ski trying to figure out how to ski it properly on harder snow.  Eventually I just sort of gave up on the harder stuff and moved onto the crud off of Disney...
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08 Mantras - 177 cm


Pros: Very stable, cut through anything, Have great flex and flotation, great all mountain!

Cons: none yet

I bought these 08' mantras this year (2009-2010) and got a great deal.  They're the 177cm length.  I'm about 6'1" and 200lbs and these ski great!  Very stable, responsive, smooth yet solid flex, and a pleasure to ski on overall.  Only problem is that I've noticed that the graphics side of the ski gets cut up very easily, but I guess that happens with any ski.  Other than that, these are awesome!  Definitely highly recommended.
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