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2012 Volkl Kenja or Volkl Mantra (or Elan Amphibio 88)?

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Hello fellow skiers! I need some help to make up my mind - has any of you tried both Volkl Kenja (last year’s, full camber version) and Mantra (the rockered tip version)? I’m between those two and dunno which one to choose - I have tested this year’s Mantra and *really* liked it (it can carve, and it’s so stable at speed), but there are no Kenjas in my country to test (or buy, I’d order them online) :> 
I also tested Elan Amphibio 88, I liked it overall, but "unfortunately" snow conditions on piste were ideal that day, whereas off piste the snow was quite hard to call it "powder", so I don't know how it would perform on softer snow..

I’d like a ski that doesn’t vibrate at speed, and which can perform on ice and off-piste (in powder) - I think my priorities go in this order. Any feedback? And thanks in advance ^_^
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I'm not much help since I haven't skied either of them, just curious why Kenja and Mantra (instead of Kenja and Aura or Kendo and Mantra)?
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Because of what is available, really :> And because I am afraid that Aura will be softer than Mantra and I hope Kenja will be more stable at speed than Kendo :p


To begin with, I was considering 2012 Kenja because of all the good reviews, there is no way I can rent a demo pair. I was between this one and Salomon Rockette 90, somehow I decided Kenja would be more solid :p My concern with it is how it performs in powder with its full camber, and how stable it is when skiing fast.


Then on the ski-test day, I tested Volkl Kendo, Mantra and Elan Amphibio 88, all taller than me (they didn't have any female versions, female skiers have no options when it comes to gear over here..). I expected Kendo to be better on piste than Mantra - to my surprise, I found Mantra to be more stable and it could actually carve - needless to say I quite liked it, hence I haven't just bought the Kenjas already.  I did like Amphibio as well, but I only tried it off-piste, in the conditions described above. So, I am concerned regarding its performance in real powder. 

 

 

Well, this is how I ended up with these 2+1 ;)

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