Originally Posted by Mutorq
Right now I'm skiing on some Rossi Z9's. They are fun skis, I can jump quickly into some aggressive short turns, or hold a decent gs line, and they're ok in the bumps but they're letting me down in the powder and they're not that stable at speeds. My friend has some Volkl Mantras that he loves and the reviews I see make them very interesting to me. I'm just wondering what are similar to Mantras? Armada ARV's maybe? Thanks.
The Mantra is a skiers' ski, unlike some. It likes to be skied hard and rewards good skiing. Some skis to look into:
Nordica Enforcer: very stable, powerful, lighter feel than the Mantra, great carver
Dynastar Mythic Rider: smooth, damp, stable, all-around great ski
Dynastar LP: more of a soft snow ski, good float and stable, not great on hardpack
Fischer Watea 94: a little lighter, snappier, more maneuverable, similar performance to the Mantra
Elan 888: a little lighter underfoot, great edgehold, very stable in any snow condition
Head iM88: little more damp than the Mantra, extremely stable and powerful
Blizzard Argos: haven't skied it, but supposedly is bigger and lazier, but more stable.
K2 Outlaw: not as powerful nor stable as the Mantra. That soft powder tip is lousy at speed in rough snow.