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2009 Volkl Mantra 191cm - Length and Binding questions

post #1 of 8
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Hello,

I just got a pair of 2009 Volkl Mantras ordered. 191cm. I am an expert skier, 6' 200#, and after reading some forums I was slightly concerned about the length.

I am coming off some volkl v-pro 180s that I loved (but finally I blew up), I have always told myself that I should have got the 190 v-pros.

However, I also picked up some Igneous Fat Carvers 195cm with Fritschi Freerides as an AT setup. This setup will kick your ass without a lot of work keeping the nose under control, and tree skiing is kindof a pain. Otherwise, those boards are stiff as hell, fat, and charge all. A little long.

So what do you think? I will get them tomorrow so I can see how they are actually sized. I hope that the stiffness, while supposedly close to the v-pros (which are pretty damn stiff) will not be anywhere near the Igneous boards, and as such, the slightly overhead length should not be an issue. 

I hope to use them as my main alpine tool.

Also, what do you think about bindings. I was reading that these skis may perform better with a low mounting point (as opposed to, say, the boot height of the freerides). I was gonna get the marker jester or griffons, just per some suggestions, any comments on that?

Thanks, Alex. 
post #2 of 8
191 should be fine for your specs.  I've only skied the 191 and 184, and those only briefly, but the 191 was much more to my liking -- almost a different ski.

As for bindings, I've grown to believe that stand height is a personal issue, and I personally prefer it even on wider skis.  If you like the height of an AT setup, I certainly wouldn't pay the Marker Royalty (pun intended) to get them.
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What is your weight, height, prefered ski level? 

I am thinking the Look Px 15 FS is the way to go. They are on the heavy side, but they are cheap (~180$ on the net) and I have heard good things about their release mechanism. I have mostly only skied Markers (and Fritschi AT) so far, the Looks are highly rated and the markers cost $$$. 

I just went to a ski shop, damn those 191 Mantras look big, but I am not afraid...

Thanks,

Alex

post #4 of 8
The PX15's are a great binding. I've got a pair on my Gotama's

post #5 of 8
 I'll throw in another vote for the PX15's, I have a pair on my 183 BROS, and they are bomb-proof!  They're currently on backcountry.com for about $180.  (msrp is closer to $400!!)
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The PX15's are a great binding. I've got a pair on my Gotama's

I notice that all of your heel-pieces are up (engaged) in this photo... is there a reason?  Something I should know about??
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I learned that I should store my skis with the bindings engaged over the summer b/c its better for the binding..I assume this is what he's doing?
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I notice that all of your heel-pieces are up (engaged) in this photo... is there a reason?  Something I should know about??
 
I both back down the spring settings and put the heels in the position that has less preload on the springs. Been doing it for 30+ years.....
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