Hi All, I have been spying the site for a few months now and I just wanted to say hello. I recently went up to Mammoth and finally got an opportunity to ski a mid-fat for the first time. I have been reading about theses type of skis on this site and thought I would give them a try. Wow. They were better than I imagined . History . I consider myself an advanced skier and I am 6'2 ,195 . I tend to stay on piste , but I will venture off occasionally, the current skis I have are 1990 Atomic Arc SL3 200 cm . I have been renting skis for the last few seasons including Fischer KOA's I think they were 175 . I know I have been out of touch as far as technology goes.
Demo 1 . Volkl Mantra 177
Holy Cow . These skis gave me unbelievable confidence at speed on , super stable , Easy turns . tried them on a few mogul runs , they worked better than I thought they would. The most powder I saw was about 4-6 inched and the skis responded great, I used them for two days and just thought they were awesome. I did not get a chance to go in any deep powder which was unfortunate but I will try them again on a better day. The next pair I plan on trying are the highly touted Bonafides. I hope to try them with a little more powder on the mountain to see how they go . I might also try the Prophet 98, or Cham 97 if I can but after two days with the Mantra's I may have already found my next pair of skis. I can't believe how great they were. This is a great time to be a skier .
Next Up Demo 2 . Bonafides
One question , Do you think with my height , weight , ability , and terrain . Are 175 CM the right size?
Thanks all Great site.
Edited by vincefaro - 1/7/13 at 3:06pm