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That's the thing - I have a pair of S3s. I want something far from them, way more demanding. I know that I enjoy the Mantra, but can only get the newest ones for super cheap.

I don't think it will be much of a challenge to find something more demanding than that S3. Volkl is claiming this year's Mantra to be "The Best Mantra Ever", and you know, I'm not inclined to disagree. The thing still hold a bad ass edge on the groom, but is much more pliable off in the fresh and chunder. I've always been a fan of Salomon's "Lab" skis. I'm putting my money on the Q-Lab this year……I suspect you'll find this Salomon plank to me "way more demanding" than your S3s.

I am not sure it is the "best Mantra evah.." but I do think it is the a better Mantra for more people than the past few generations. I do agree that the Q-Lab is a ripping 104mm ski and at the top of it's class. 

post #32 of 39
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Hey Epic Ski - First post. Yay.

 

So I was really psyched on getting a new pair of Mantras this season. It's my fifth or so season skiing, and I moved out to CO in January and got in 50 or so days. I skied mostly on my S3s, and use Black Diamond Carbon Megawatts for pow days at the resort and in the backcountry.

 

Now that I'm skiing a lot harder than I have in past season, I was going to get a pair of Mantras to complete my quiver. I skied them a bit, and just loved them. Something with a lot of edge grip to use on groomer/icy days, that would really take some work to ski well. But something that would still be a blast to take off-piste, and okay in bumps. Probably it would eventually be my everything ski as the S3s became my rock skis.

 

So I was really sad to see that they removed all camber from the Mantra this year, making it not nearly as good on hardpack or challenging to ski in pow. I'm looking for a substitute. I get prodeals and would prefer to buy new, so looking for last season's Mantra isn't an option. I have read a bit around and found some good possibilties: the Rossi E100, Line Supernatural 100, and maybe Kendos. Just wanted to get your thoughts on these, and make suggestions. A local shop recommended the RMU SCRM as well, but I can't prodeal those. Thanks all!

I am assuming this means factory pricing, which I assume is through your local ski shop, since if you were a pro this wouldn't be an issue. 
If I'm correct your local shop should be able to contact the factory and find some old skis, or get you something that fits you. I would use them rather than the internet.
jm2c

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post #33 of 39

No manufacturer will have a cache of "old" skis……they sell overstock to shops that want them….and then they end up on the internet. Overstock doesn't really exist anymore. Most manufacturers run out of coveted models and ski lengths by late November/early December. 

A local ski shop will give you oodles of useful beta and impeccable customer service/support…..or at least they should if they're any good. 

post #34 of 39
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I am assuming this means factory pricing, which I assume is through your local ski shop, since if you were a pro this wouldn't be an issue. 

If I'm correct your local shop should be able to contact the factory and find some old skis, or get you something that fits you. I would use them rather than the internet.

jm2c
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Try Evo (or Start Haus for Nordica) I really wanted an Enforcer but none were available to the rep. I should have bought a pair from Phil. If I were Nordica, I'd press a couple hundred pair out and sell them at a premium as a 'classic' commemorative with a limited edition topsheet. smile.gif. Like the gimp said, there isn't a pile of old Mantras at the Volkl North Pole.
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I am assuming this means factory pricing, which I assume is through your local ski shop, since if you were a pro this wouldn't be an issue. 

If I'm correct your local shop should be able to contact the factory and find some old skis, or get you something that fits you. I would use them rather than the internet.

jm2c
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Try Evo (or Start Haus for Nordica) I really wanted an Enforcer but none were available to the rep. I should have bought a pair from Phil. If I were Nordica, I'd press a couple hundred pair out and sell them at a premium as a 'classic' commemorative with a limited edition topsheet. smile.gif. Like the gimp said, there isn't a pile of old Mantras at the Volkl North Pole.

That Enforcer [......................................................................moment of silence..............................................................................] was a great ski. 

post #36 of 39
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No manufacturer will have a cache of "old" skis……they sell overstock to shops that want them….and then they end up on the internet. Overstock doesn't really exist anymore. Most manufacturers run out of coveted models and ski lengths by late November/early December. 

A local ski shop will give you oodles of useful beta and impeccable customer service/support…..or at least they should if they're any good. 


Sure, but it doesn't mean it's not worth a try. The factory might not have any left, but the rep might know a shop that has it, or the shop itself could make a few calls, networking is everything. 
IF there are truly none left thant my second point is still valid.

post #37 of 39
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Sure, but it doesn't mean it's not worth a try. The factory might not have any left, but the rep might know a shop that has it, or the shop itself could make a few calls, networking is everything. 
IF there are truly none left thant my second point is still valid.

You'll be doing everyone a favor by casing consignment shops for used, non-rockered Volkl Mantras or Nordica Enforcers. No one has time to scour the earth for relics….except for Indiana Jones….and my late great Aunt Florence, the greatest antique hunter of modern times. 

 

I tell you what, I'll make a few phone calls today to prove my point. Give me the model and size the OP is really keyed into and I'll exhaust my limited resources. 

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Thank you.

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