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2013 Volkl Mantra


Pros: Versatile, great on edge, crank turns and great stability

Cons: A little heavy in utah powder, but c'mon

Skied a bunch of demos including bonafide, hell and backs, etc. before deciding on the mantra. Live east coast small mountain ice/crud but get a few weeks a year out west. Haven't looked back once. It's a powerful ski and can take control if you are tired. A good reminder to ski the tough stuff early because these skis command attention. But like a pretty woman, they reciprocate! Enjoy.


Pros: Stable at Speed, Busts through Crud, Handles Long Gs Carving, Quick Edge to Edge

Cons: Not for Driving Ms.Daisy (likes to be driven agressively), flotation could be better for 98 mm waisted ski, weight makes it less nimble for off-piste.

If you like taming a wild Japanese (or German?) dragon beneath your feet, look no further.


Pros: for the biggest and the strongest.

Cons: Beefy tail



The Mantra is still the ski that all 98mm wide skis are measured against. This newest generation of the Mantra has added some early rise in the tip but has kept the powerful tail that many have come to love. On hard snow the Mantra is one of the strongest 98mm out there but what makes the Mantra so good on the hard snow...limits it's versatility off piste, this is where skis like the Bonafide have excelled. None the less, if you are looking for that charging ski in that 98mm range, make sure you get not these, there are a lot of Matra aficionados and they all can't be wrong.  



Length Tested:177 

Camber: Traditional, Early Rise w/camber

Binding: Demo

Mount point: Suggested or Other 


Environment & Conditions:

Location of Test: Winter Park

Number of Runs: 1

Snow Conditions: Packed

Demo or Own: Demo


Tester Info:

Username: Philpug

Age: 48

Height/Weight: 5'10" 185lb

Ski Days/Season: 60+

Years Skiing: 35

Aggressiveness: Moderate (Finesse) 

Current Quiver: 13 Blizzard Bonafide, 13 Blizzard Gunsmoke, plus various vintage skis

Home Area: Squaw & Northstar

Preferred Terrain: bumps, off-piste, trees

2013 Volkl Mantra

The Mantra is the pinnacle product for the skier who wants to ski the deep stuff, yet still have a solid, all-mountain feel on the front of the mountain. Still unparalleled in the market, it's the go-to ski for those who want a powder ski that is versatile enough to ski hard on groomed terrain as well.

Lengths170 (22.0), 177 (24.2), 184 (25.8), 191 (28.2)
Turn Radius24.2M @ 177cm
Constructiontip / tail rocker
Core Materialsensorwood
Binding IncludedNo
Recommended BindingN/A
Recommended useOff-piste
Binding TypeFlat
Recommended LevelAdvanced
Model Year2013
Binding System
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC
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