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Volkl Mantras vs Auras

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Hello fellow skiiers!

I want to purchase a new fat ski for 50% resort/ 50% backcountry skiing. Home mountain is Sunshine resort, Banff Canada, backcountry at Rogers Pass/ Rockies, occasional side trips to the kootneys and fernie. I was checking out the Volkl Auras (lame graphic) and the Mantras (wicked graphic). Also debating between length - 170 vs 177.

I am currently skiing a 177cm skinny ski (71!) for all terrain. Skied 14 days so far, 35+ by years end. Skills 7-8/10 and sharply improving! Weight - 155lbs, 5'9", age - 30 yrs, sex - female.

Suggestions???

Other ski ideas welcome, I was also looking at the Sugar Daddys (173cm) and the BD Lyrics (174cm).
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Originally Posted by dani View Post
Hello fellow skiiers!

I want to purchase a new fat ski for 50% resort/ 50% backcountry skiing. Home mountain is Sunshine resort, Banff Canada, backcountry at Rogers Pass/ Rockies, occasional side trips to the kootneys and fernie. I was checking out the Volkl Auras (lame graphic) and the Mantras (wicked graphic). Also debating between length - 170 vs 177.

I am currently skiing a 177cm skinny ski (71!) for all terrain. Skied 14 days so far, 35+ by years end. Skills 7-8/10 and sharply improving! Weight - 155lbs, 5'9", age - 30 yrs, sex - female.

Suggestions???

Other ski ideas welcome, I was also looking at the Sugar Daddys (173cm) and the BD Lyrics (174cm).
Mantra's are wide and pretty stiff - I would say probably 170 would be much more appropriate for your size, although the aura you may go longer to a 177 as it will be softer. I just bought my girlfriend a pair of Fischer Maungas which aren't as wide (84 underfoot) for 50/50 "western" skiing, but she is small at just under 5' 4" and 115ish so she doesn't need as much width to get the float desired. Fischer also makes the Rangi (88 underfoot), there's the popular K2 Phat Luv (95 I think), Rossignol makes BSquad W and I think a women's version scratch bc. If you aren't limited to women's skis (doesn't seem like it), maybe check out something like K2 Recon for 50/50 riding. I would bet SierraJim could make some better suggestions he gets on a bunch of different skis every year both "male" and "female" versions, because there are a lot of options out there for this type of skiing. Have you been able to, or are you able to demo? Probably the best way to chose at this point. Good luck.
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Demo's available

As the previous post suggest, the Fischer Rangi would be a great alternative to the Aura. We have about 16 pairs of 06/07 Fischer Demo's for sale - inlcuding the Rangi, Maunga, Kehua, Atua, Watea, RX9, Vision 70, Vision 73, Vision 76, AMC 79, AMC 76, and a couple pairs of race skis. All have very little use and are in great shape with demo bindings. PM me if you are interested and I will send pictures, otherwise, if you are in Boulder, CO stop by our new shop:

Alpine Sports
2707 Spruce St
Boulder, CO 80302

Thanks

pdubya
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Volkl Aura vs BD Lyrics

I demoed the Volkl Auras (170cm) and BD Lyrics (173cm) this weekend at Sunshine resort, Banff, Canada so I thought I would post a few comments.

Conditions: No fresh snow in one week, but tried them out on some out of bounds fresh powder, as well as groomers, and on the steeps including the Dive and the backside of goatseye mtn. Overall soft deep snowpack with occasional icy conditions. Didn't really test them in the trees.

Lyrics: I started with the lyrics and found them light and stiff. Wasn't sure they would want to turn, but they were surprisingly manoverable. They chopped through off piste, cut up, steeps pretty well. Also were pretty light and floaty in the powder. They were fantastic on groomers and carved big GS turns with ease. A bit of chatter on some icier parts of steeps. Overall, I think this would be a really good solid backcountry ski, definitely light enough for touring, and solid in most conditions.

Auras: Wicked fun!!! wow, i found them lively and responsive. Overall, I think they were a good match for me in terms of their length (easy to make turns) and their flex (relatively easy to initiate turns, but still lively and flexing in response to my weight). I found they turned really easily with short radius turns. In the powder they were a dream!!!! so smooth and lovely, drowl. Amazing through death cookies and chunder at the bottom of some avie slopes, they powered through like there was nothing there!!! Amazing, I love them. Overall, a great resort and downhill backcountry ski, just not sure about the weight when I will have to skin them up the mountain. (Only demoed a pair with downhill bindings).

Anyone know the weight of the 170cm Volkl Auras or Mantras?
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Dani:

I can't tell you what the weights are because I am sold out of both models. I can tell you however, that unlike some brands, Volkl women's models really are different than their men's couterparts. The Aura is a fair bit softer and lighter than the Mantra.

SJ
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A 170cm Aura weighs 3lbs 10oz. A 177cm Mantra weighs 4lbs 5oz. We are nearly sold out as well and we don't have the 2 skis in the same size. As SierraJim says, the Aura is definitley lighter with a different softer core.
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