Originally Posted by tsk94
The new Mantra will full rocker will be similar to the Bones. Volkls sizing is also different, the 170 will be basically the same as your 173, and the 177's similar to an 180 Bone (which you found to big).
What exactly do you expect from these that you don't already get from the Kastles or Blizzards?
That is good info. I would have thought that the Mantra would have been more like the Cochise in 177 because of the full rocker. The Cochise at 177 skis perfectly for me, however the Bones in 180 seems sluggish for my size 5'6" 165 lbs. I really like the Kastle's in crud, chopped snow and anything except fresh new snow. The FX94's I own are the fully cambered skis with no tip rocker and don't float or glide well through new snow. And I am not talking heavy accumulation, I have the Automatics for anyting over 6" of new snow. I love the Auto's for that kind of skiing probably my favorite ski.
I know the new Kastle's have tip rocker but the cost keeps me from ever buying new Kastle's. I always wait until the season is over and buy the previous year model at a 40% discount. I guess I was just looking to mix it up a bit. I did own a pair of mantra's in 170 a few years back. The silver with ninja graphics and thought the 170's were to short. Just thought I'd give the new version in 177 a try. Not really looking for anything specific just a change.