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Elan Mantis 777

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Thread Starter 
Ski Make: ELAN
Ski Model: MANTIS 777
Ski Length: 184
Snow Conditions Used In: HARDPACK - MT. NORQUAY, BANFF, AB
Number of Days Used: 1
Your Ability: EXPERT
How Many Years Have You Been Skiing: 38
Avg. Days per Year Skiing: 25
Other Skis You Like: MACHETE SIN, MACHETE SOUL Dynaster 74, K2 Axis XP
Your Height/Weight:6', 160 lbs
Comments: This is a one dimensional review since I only got to ski the Mantis on hardpack (very hard) yesterday at a demo day in Banff. Obviously this ski is designed for soft snow and crud but it was suprisngly quick and agile on hardpack. If you put a bit of effort into it, short turns are really quite good. Medium and especially long turns are great - easy to rip. The edge grip is really superb - at any speed. I really had no problem skiing this ski on hardpack and would be happy to do it over and over. The ski has an even soft flex but seems to be very stiff torsionally. I also skied the Machete Sin, Soul and Bandits XX & XXX yesterday. I enjoyed the Elan the most. Before trying it, I never thought this ski was contender for my hard earned $ but it most certainly is.
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After demoing the Elan Mantis 777 (only on hardpack), I decided to pick up a pair of 184s. I skied them again yesterday on hardpack (where's all the snow this season in western Canada?) and I am quite amazed with their hard snow performance. Very quick for a wide ski and excellent edge grip. I am really looking forward to some soft snow asap.

Anybody else try this ski?
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Just wanted to second your motion of approval for the Mantis.
I was skiing @ Keystone early Dec. and didn't even know there was a demo day in progress til quite late in the day. By the time I got to the area all the reps were packing up. None of the skis on my "A" list were available for demo. The only guy who let me take out a pair was the Elan guy.
I tried the 174's and just loved them. I ran a Slalom course, then hit the terrain park, then a little off piste and they were really adaptable.
Only thing that sucked was that I had just dropped $600 on skis a month ago. Oh well.
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Glad to hear it Xdog. I skied my Mantis 777s at Whitewater near Nelson, BC. I had three days of decent powder and the skis were great. I love them. I saw 2 or 3 other guys on them - one of them was a cat-skiing guide - he thought the skis were great.

If people are looking for wood core wider waisted ski (over 85 mm), they should check this one out.
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