Hey gang, I'm trying to decide between the new Volkl Mantra and 100Eight. Anyone try them both and have some guidance you can share?
I'm an ex-racer from younger days, and now in my 40's just cruise, chase my kids around (holy heck, my teenage son skis fast now!), enjoy glades, try to focus on powder days for the most part, tend to stay out of the bumps unless it's been dumped on overnight. I like a light-feeling ski so they can be tossed around quickly in tight trees or steeps when needed. Current skis are Head Rock 'n Rolls, love 'em, just looking for something that skis similarly but has a bit more float when it's deep. Son skis on Volkls, and I'm switching back to them for this season (used to race on 'em in my previous life).
So how does the new/'17 Mantra and 100Eight compare on-snow (not just specs on paper)?
If one's heavier and carves hard stuff better (Mantra I'm guessing), but the other feels more light and playful (100Eight again, guessing since it's lacking the metal of the Mantra), I'll go for the lighter more playful one. I'd assume they are similar in terms of float in deep/fresh stuff.
Thank you for firsthand insights, much appreciated. :)