Lots has been written about these skis here, most referring to the longest length. Here's something to consider as well. Try skiing them shorter. A full size (184-177, 177-170). I'm 165 lbs., typically ski a fat ski in about 175-180 length. You couldn't put me on a shorter ski, particularly a fat dude, until I tried the mantra at 170. Different animal. Not squirrely at all--a real ripping, all mountain monster--hardpack, 20 inches of Sierra pow, crust, three days in Utah backcountry--all of it. Maybe it's me, but the ski seems to be a lot more versatile shorter, particularly in trees and tight steeps, without losing any of its stability or float. Anyone else have that experience?
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9/5/06 at 2:06pm