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Will new Mantras (rocker tip) carve on groomed like older Mantras?

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My 4 year old Mantras take a while to get from edge to edge but they will carve on groomed like racing skis and narrower skis.

Seemed like a nice all mountain skis because I could survive well in powder and crude too.

 

I'm wondering because of the new Mantras and their rocker tip (or whatever you want to call it) if they will still carve decently?
I also have s7s and they aren't half as nice on groomed. They rock on powder, which is what they were made for.

 

I was thinking of going from 170 mantras to 177s and really want to keep the carvability. Something that works even better in powder is not the direction I want to go with this ski. I have a chance to get a super deal on these 177s, but if they carve less than the older version, I will have a lopsided quiver.

 

I ski almost always in Northwest conditions. At least half my time I have to find happiness on the groomed.

 

 

post #2 of 5

I haven't skied them but the pair I saw in a shop had what looked to be pretty minimal rocker, so I doubt there would be a lot of difference--other than that you might be able to go longer.  I suspect Volkl put in just enough rocker to market them.  It's getting hard to find anything other than a pure carver without some degree of rocker.  The knock on Mantras used to be tip dive in powder so maybe the rocker will be enough to fix that problem.  The Mantra is positioned more as a one ski quiver--are you sure that's what you're looking for? I eventually replaced mine with a narrower ski and a wider one (Apache recons and sidestashes) Hopefully someone who has skied old and new will answer. 

BTW the new ones are also 2mm wider.

 

post #3 of 5

If you like the feel of a Mantra, you will not be disappointed with the new one. The early rise just adds to the versatility without sacrificing what you expect from the Mantra tenacious edge grip. 

post #4 of 5

I have the old Mantra and demoed the new ones recently.  Admittedly it was an ego snow day, but the new ones carved quite well and felt easier to maneuver in the crud.

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Ok, thanks from all of you. I almost agree with Old Goat that I should maybe have a quiver with a narrower and a uber fat ski.

I would say from my past Mantra experiences that it truly is a good one-quiver ski. 

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