Originally Posted by wildman
I want an all around off piste ski. Hopefully untracked POW all the time, but that isnt going to happen and if I know its that kind of magic I have my Gotama's. Touring, crud, trees, piste for travel to hunt more POW. 95% of skiing in Alps, Cham. I have decided on the Mantra, but what length - 177 or 184?
I am 6' 185 lbs and my Gotama's are 183.
I have read 100's of posts about the Mantra, seen skiers of varing levels on the Mantra this past spring and summer and have taken into account: your size, probable skill level and where you primaraly want to use the skis.
My understanding is that you want a very competent Powder, Big mountain ski. You also want a ski that is managable in all other conditions, you still want to rail a few runs on blue / black groomer.
(Does this sound about right)?
Buy the 184!!!
If you want to trade off a bit of hard snow quickness for an ultimate off Piste ride? Buy the 191, or look @ other ski makes that do that job. they will all be around 188-194 CM in length. (BTW most Expert big mountain skiers who buy 190+- Big mountain skis) Don't ask people what length they should be on.
BTW I have never skied the Mantra, But I spend alot of time around those who do (Know what their doing) and have listened to what they had to say