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HELP! volkl mantra or ac50s?

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
Hi, I know the question has been done to death but I'm looking for some help / input.

I'm 37. 6'3 and about 100kg. I do a fair bit of other sport but try to ski 3 weeks a year in Europe. I've been skiing for 25 years and would say I'm a level 7. my current skis are k2 apache recons.

I'm looking to start to get off piste but suspect 60% will still be frontside.

Some good deals around on the mantra 191 and ac50 184 skis here.

Any thoughts in merits of each welcome.

Cheers!
post #2 of 12

Why not the Kendo? The Mantra construction at 88 underfoot? Splits the difference. 

post #3 of 12

I second that,   Kendo,   but seriously, you will be happy with any of those choices.  Don't forget about the Bridge either.     Can't go wrong with volkl.  

post #4 of 12

The Bridge is a great ski, I sort of think he might find it too soft at 6'3 and 220, especially front side carving as he said he liked to do about 60%.Just my .02

 

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I second that,   Kendo,   but seriously, you will be happy with any of those choices.  Don't forget about the Bridge either.     Can't go wrong with volkl.  



 

post #5 of 12
Thread Starter 

thanks eveyone, the Kendo looks to be a good option for me.

 

I'm thinking 191's any thoughts?

 

Also, what bindings would you suggest - the marker griffon is about my price range, my ski supplier has the Mojo 15 and the marker 12.0 for the same money?

post #6 of 12

Yeah the 191 would probably work out great, Also, the Marker Griffon should work out too. Check the current DIN setting on your Recons. I figured you out at about 8.5 and the Griffon goes up to 12. That will be a setup you won't be disappointed with.    Dave

post #7 of 12

If cost is an issue, note that the AC50 *includes* bindings (Marker iPT WideRide 12).

 

P.S. I skied the AC50 for 4 days at Bretton Wood, New Hampshire and loved it (demo rental). It is good for an assertive, focused skier.  I now own the AC30 and really enjoy it as well. I hear the ACs are not ideal for true powder conditions but have not had a chance to see for myself. They are great in everything else from ice to chopped-up crud. I have not skied the Kendo or Mantra.


Edited by jeff2010 - 7/3/11 at 7:46am
post #8 of 12

Not to be picky but I would say the 184 will handle your size just fine and has a little better side cut,     You should demo both sizes and make your choice.   the 184 will turn a bit quicker and be great on groomers too.   24.1 vs 26.2 radius.   Just a thought but you won't be making a mistake with either.       

post #9 of 12


The Kendo will be truly more Versatile IMO. Most likely the OP will be venturing more off piste and will be very satisfied with the Kendo all around. The AC50 is a good frontside ripper, but not so much in the bumps and trees.
 

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Originally Posted by jeff2010 View Post

If cost is an issue, note that the AC50 *includes* bindings (Marker iPT WideRide 12).

 

P.S. I skied the AC50 for 4 days at Bretton Wood, New Hampshire and loved it (demo rental). It is good for an assertive, focused skier.  I now own the AC30 and really enjoy it as well. I hear the ACs are not ideal for true powder conditions but have not had a chance to see for myself. They are great in everything else from ice to chopped-up crud. I have not skied the Kendo or Mantra.



 

post #10 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone

Ok......

184s with the griffon binding.

The cost is on par with the AC50s so this is perfect.
post #11 of 12

You will be happy with the setup,and actually the 184, will be quicker in tighter quarters.Have fun.

post #12 of 12

Agreed, the 184's will be a better all around ski for you. Only in the deep stuff would the 191's be noticeably better.

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