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Volkl Mantras

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
Hi!
I am 15 years old and 5'4'', basically the type of skiing that I do is tree skiing, and bowl skiing, with maybe a bit of moguls here and there.

Currently I am skiing on some '05 Rossy Scratches (too small now), and I was wondering if you guys think that the Volkl Mantras would be a good ski for me? If not any suggestions?

Thanks a bunch!
post #2 of 17
probably not due to how much you weigh(just assuming your pretty light) and in alot of ways its not a "fun ski"

where do you ski? how much do you weigh? and how aggresive are you would be some thing that could helps us out.
post #3 of 17
Thread Starter 
I weigh 104 lbs, I ski Mary Jane and Vasquez in Winter Park, and I am extremely aggressive.

I'm not really looking for a "fun" ski.


Edit: After looking at the page where ski skill was, I guess defined, I would say I am a 9.
post #4 of 17
1 word for you: DEMO

I believe the Rossi's you were on are a great deal softer than the Mantra (but you might want to confirm that belief).


also be wary of saying you're a Level 9 skier around here. Many of the pros (instructors and folks who have been sliding down hills for 30+ years don't even say that they are Level 9).

Basically, saying you are a Level 9 is the only way you'd ever get JONGed on Epic!



FWIW, I'm a Level 11, having recently graduated from the Nigel Tufnel School of Freeriding.
post #5 of 17
Thread Starter 
Point taken, I will avoid being too arrogant =P.

I am going up tomorrow and I will be heading up with someone who is going to rent, so while they are doing that I may go and see if I will be able to demo them.

I'm guessing I should get the 170s right?
post #6 of 17
i'd call some shops ahead of time, especially those located on the mountain and see if they have the switch out demo where you can try multiple models of skis for the day.

i've done that at Heavenly, Beaver Creek, and Northstar and it's pretty cool. you usually get to swap out as many pairs of skis as you can during the day. the only hassle is going back to the shop every time to do it, but if it's on-mountain or at the base, then it's not much of a hassle. plus your main goal is to find a pair of skis, so you have to give up some skiing to do that.

if you can find a shop that does this, then try a few sizes of the Mantra.

i'd try the 170 and 177. but probably wouldn't go longer than that.

i'm 5'11" and found the 177 to be a bit short for my taste, fwiw.

post #7 of 17
the mantras are not a good bump skis. for you at 104lb i wouldnt buy them in a million years.

to stiff to much sidecut and too dead.

If you like volkl check out the bridges and the wall. both are softer and more what I think you would be looking for go with the 170 in either 177 would be huge for you unless you someone who like to GS turn bump field then by all means go for the 177.

Check out the 169 k2 Pes are well, I think that ski will doi everything you want of it and more.
post #8 of 17
Thread Starter 
I just got back from Christy, and the guy there said the same thing as you, and suggested the bridges which I decided to demo a pair of 177s of because they had demoed out the 170s already.
post #9 of 17
Judging from your height alone the 170's would seem a little long. However, I tend to like a little shorter ski. You may want to look at a set of Line Prophet 90's. I recently checked them out and was surprised. Seemed like good value and would support a shorter length (I believe they start at 165).


Good luck.
post #10 of 17
Just saying.... but you might want to check out some Icelantics. Not sure how they would fare in the bumps but for everything else you describe and your size/weight, i'd give them a demo. After hitting the trees for the last couple of days on my 187's, i'm ready to try out a pair. Almost everyone I talk to who has spent time on them says something along the lines of "I really wanted to hate these skis because they are so short but I absolutely love them...". The outlet here has some 173 and 161 Shamans. I think i'll try them out this week.
post #11 of 17
he want soft and and kinda of long would be best for him. if he is aggresive enough and confinent enough to call himself a level 9 then 170 would be perfect a 177 would be doable but i would suggest for him not to go that long.

FYI people who are level 9s are wont say it..IMO false modesty is just another form of lieing.
post #12 of 17
Thread Starter 
Well I just got back from Winter Park, demoing the Volkl Bridge 177s, and I have to say that for the first half of the day (mogul skiing) I HATED them, they were way too long and were big and clumsy in the Jane.

When my bro finally showed up we headed over to Vasquez for some trees and powder. The moment I dove into the fresh fluffy powder I was in love with these skis, they floated extremely well and I had to try hard to make them dive. In the trees were great, but still a little bit clumsy.

Overall I think they were awesome and I think am gonna try some shorter ones next week.
post #13 of 17
yes do 177 is pretty freaking long for 104lb. 170 should be pure moeny and will give you the right mix of float stabilty and quickness.

when and if you buy them do not get markers bindings unless they are the dukes or jesters. Go with look.
post #14 of 17
Thread Starter 
Well thanks for all your help!!

I will report back after I have tried out the 170s.
post #15 of 17
Thread Starter 
I finally bought a pair of skis and last weekend's labor day sale, and not mantras, which I did end up demoing and found them a bit too planky for my taste. I bought a pair of Prophet 100s, I had tried them out later in the year in A-Basin's Zuma Bowl and decided that they were the perfect ski so I managed to scrap together the money to buy them and a set of Marker Griffon's.

I can't wait till ski season, ARRGGG
post #16 of 17
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Originally Posted by Babosnow View Post
I finally bought a pair of skis and last weekend's labor day sale, and not mantras, which I did end up demoing and found them a bit too planky for my taste. I bought a pair of Prophet 100s, I had tried them out later in the year in A-Basin's Zuma Bowl and decided that they were the perfect ski so I managed to scrap together the money to buy them and a set of Marker Griffon's.

I can't wait till ski season, ARRGGG
great choice 172s?
post #17 of 17
Thread Starter 
Yep. I don't think that there is anyway I would want something larger than a 172.
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