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help! should I buy mantras!?

post #1 of 8
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I 've been doing alot of research into new skis and have been very impressed by the mantras....

I love the fact that they're a stiffer ski (I come from a race background) and they sound pretty good online.

I live in New Zealand and we get alot of ice and soft spring snow on my local mountain, but I live to ski powder, do alot of backcountry skiing and occasionally hit the bumps.

Just wondering if anyone could help me!? I've checked out alot of female specific skiis and on the whole have not been overly impressed... I'm 5'4" and weigh 137 lbs and I'm a confident skiier,

would the mantra 170's bee right for me?
post #2 of 8
The MANTRA's are GREAT! when volkl designed the Mantras they kept in mind of building a fatter ski that has a race type of shape to it.
So you said you are from a raceing background so you will probably get very acustom to the ski fast. I know a few instructors who have the Mantra and thats their one quiver ski. A ski instructor from Big Sky, Montana loved them and could ski the bumps well with that "stiff" race shaped ski. and being a ski instructor requires you to be able to teach everything and that was the one ski he used to teach and ski EVERYTHING in.
                                                 You won't be mistaken in buying this ski,
                                                                                                             Powderhound95
post #3 of 8
You might also be intrested in the Rossignol Phantom series. They should be coming out in late 09. That is more of a backcountry do everything ski. Those skis do cost quite some $  ,but you get what you pay for. Both skis are great ,but definetly dont miss out on taking a good look at the Phantoms
post #4 of 8
The mantra has a good reputation but the tip dive in powder took it off the list for me.
post #5 of 8
Hey, man, you live to ski powder and don not know the **** about the appropriate tools for this job. Mantra is a good frontside carver ski which is also great in slush, light crud/crudded groomers. But it isn't a powder tool. It tipdives like mad in powder, is hooky due to all this stupid sidecut and you always feel like going over the handle bars.
Get the 178 dps lotus 120's and have fun or if the price is a concern get a pair of uses 176 Katanas. 
post #6 of 8
 Easy now!  I got the Gotoma as the more versatile ski for me, but I know lots of very good skiers who love the Mantra and use it as a one quiver ski including powder.  It could be a good one quiver ski for you.  It is not generally considered the best powder tool though.
post #7 of 8
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Originally Posted by tetonpwdrjunkie View Post

 Easy now!  I got the Gotoma as the more versatile ski for me, but I know lots of very good skiers who love the Mantra and use it as a one quiver ski including powder.  It could be a good one quiver ski for you.  It is not generally considered the best powder tool though.

what the man said!  remember, your style of skiing could change a ski like a Mantra's performance quite a bit. tail gunner or centered skier is going to get quite a different level of performance out of a ski like this.  Teton knows what he's talking about. that said, I wouldn't consider this a powder board.
post #8 of 8
Thread Starter 
thanks everybody.... I suppose I should have mentioned that though I live to ski powder, and have had lots of experiance on big fat powder only skiis we just don't get it very often on the mountains here, at least not the lovely light stuff I have skiied in canada.... We have no trees on our mountains, and as a result ski areas can often be quite exposed.... when we do get powder, it is more often than not a bit on the heavy side.... we deal with a very wide range of snow conditions, any reccommendations?


And yes, its snowing here :-)
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