About me: 245lbs, ex-rugby player, 6'3''. 37 years old. Strong intermediate skiier. Ski mostly in Norway, 50% piste, and 50% mixed (off-piste, some trees, etc). I usually get in around 30-50 days a season.For deeper (alps) days, I have the Shiros.
I have been on Head iPeak 78, 177cms for the past 5 years, and got the Mantra's (190cms), with bindings at a steal (from memory they were $200 brand new with bindings :-) ).
Main reason for getting the Mantras (apart from the crazy price), was that I want to bring my skiing up to the next level, and the Heads are now pretty trashed, and I feel like I am overpowering them at speed. I usually take specific lessons when I can.
From reading here, there doesn't seem to be much love for Mantras. But, those at my size seem to love them.
Should I expect a dramatic difference on the Mantra's? From flexing them, they are much stiffer than my old boards.
Or am I just over thinking things whilst waiting for the white stuff to start to fall?