Ski=free, I think if you really like the 724 Pro's, you will really enjoy the AC4. I've had two chance to demo the AC4 in much different conditions (spring corn and early winter variable) and each time I felt it was a great ski. Compared to the 724 Pro, it's a little less stiff, which I think is a good thing yet the AC4 can still bulldoze crud with great ease. IT has the same tenacious edge grip but I felt it was somewhat easier to initiate turns. The added 5mm width gives it a little more float. It's super stable. Can't tell you about the Mantra (YET!) but will report on it after the January Tahoe trip. If you can find an All-Star still in stock up there in your size, jump on it. I'm not sure there are many deals to be had on it right now unless someone here is selling at a fair price. There are two left in my shop in northern VA selling at around $950 but I'm not sure what they are going for elsewhere.
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12/13/05 at 6:53am