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New mantra versus soul 7

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Thread Starter 
5'9" 165 advanced east coast skier
Skis at Elk in Pa but does make a trip to Vt and out west each year

Currently have an old atomic b5 metron for early season but my main ski is a Rossi Experience 88 in a 170
Love that ski and how versatile it is for the east

Have a chance to buy a 2015 volkl mantra in a 177 fornout west and good days back east

Am worried that the 177 mantra is too stiff and am wondering if i would be betternoff with a Rossi Soul 7 in a 180

Thanks for input
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5'9" 165 advanced east coast skier
Skis at Elk in Pa but does make a trip to Vt and out west each year

Currently have an old atomic b5 metron for early season but my main ski is a Rossi Experience 88 in a 170
Love that ski and how versatile it is for the east

Have a chance to buy a 2015 volkl mantra in a 177 fornout west and good days back east

Am worried that the 177 mantra is too stiff and am wondering if i would be betternoff with a Rossi Soul 7 in a 180

Thanks for input

At 5'9" 165, it might be tough for you to bend a 177 Mantra and honestly I think a Soul 7 at 106 is a better choice for your size and what you are asking. 

post #3 of 8

I second Phil on that

post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 
Is it the size mantra or is it the mantra itself for me? Would the 170 mantra be right? But then I worry about not having enough float. Thought the new Mantra was suppose to be much friendlier. Does the Soul have some brand similarities to the Experience line? I am an expert former racer with carving but lower when it comes to off piste.
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Is it the size mantra or is it the mantra itself for me? Would the 170 mantra be right? But then I worry about not having enough float. Thought the new Mantra was suppose to be much friendlier. Does the Soul have some brand similarities to the Experience line? I am an expert former racer with carving but lower when it comes to off piste.

The 170 would be better and better too since you have a race back ground. 100mm underfoot for your weight is on the low side for flat but would suffice. The only similarity between the Soul and any skis in the Experience line is that they have Rossignol written on them. 

post #6 of 8

I really don't like the experience line and really liked the Soul 7... 

post #7 of 8

Sounds to me like the Soul 7 would be a more appropriate addition to your quiver of skis than the Mantra.  I'm assuming this ski is going to be your powder or soft snow specific ski, in which case the Soul 7 makes a bit more sense than the Mantra.  Although the new Mantra is more forgiving than the old version, it still has a whole bunch of metal in the ski and won't provide nearly as much float or forgiveness in soft snow as the Soul 7.  

post #8 of 8
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I am assuming I was right feeling the 180 Soul 7 is the right powder ski.
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