So i have a chance to get a really cheap pair of mantras. Basically half price. They are 184cm. I am 6' 0" and 175-185lbs. I am an agressive and fast skier. Love steep terrain and need a wider all mountain type of ski. Do you think the 184s will be good for me or look for some 177s. The only size i can get cheap is the 184 would have to find the 177s elsewhere. So what do you guys think should i go for them??
half price mantras. 184 to big for me?
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I very much agree with this. Also give the Kendo consideration.
I'm 5'11 180lbs and have skied the 170/177/184 Mantra and Kendos a lot... like for four years I demoed one of those skis every day for 30+ days/year mostly at Copper Mountain. Of the six combinations the 184 Mantra is my least favorite.
Here's what a wrote a while back about the Mantra vs Kendo and the various sizes:
Edit: later this spring I pretty much dropped the Mantra. On, say, 8+ inches or new I switched to the Rossi S3 in a 186 for the S3's softer flex and extra surface area allowed by the length and huge rocker. I really don't like the S3 on the groomers, but it's much better than the Mantra in powder and still narrow enough to ski soft bumps better than a wider ski. By the afternoon in the chop I'd often wish I was on the 177 Kendo rather than the S3 though.
Edited by tball - 8/18/13 at 7:20am