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Are the 170 Mantras to big?

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Hi, I need a little help. I am 5'7 155lbs and about a level 7-8  skier. I was considering buying a pair of mantras but I see the smalled pair they have is a 170. I currently ski a 170cm salomn xscream but I realize that is a much different ski. Do you think it may be to long for me in the trees and bumps?
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Hi, I need a little help. I am 5'7 155lbs and about a level 7-8  skier. I was considering buying a pair of mantras but I see the smalled pair they have is a 170. I currently ski a 170cm salomn xscream but I realize that is a much different ski. Do you think it may be to long for me in the trees and bumps?


170 is not to big. Remember this isn't a wannabe race/carver. It's an all mountain freeski. if you make the mistake of sizing the way you would a piste carver then you will be dissapointed in the end. If your that good of a skier you should get something bigger.
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I don't think so.  I'm 5'10 165 and ski the Mantra in 177cm... I take it everywhere, have tons of fun and don't look back thinking there might be something better.  Like any ski it has strengths and weaknesses, trees (tight) and moguls are two of the Mantra's weak areas (generalization among opinions).  Where do you ski? For what reasons do you want it? Demo it, it's pretty available I've found.
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 I personally would lock else where for an off trail. The 170 mantra may well be to long but Id think you d be fine a 176 Katana or 170 Bridge if you have to have a volkl.
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I agree with Bushwackerin about the Bridge, I am exactly the same stats as you and I ski the Bridge in a 169 with a Marker Griffon binding. This is the most fun all around ski I have owned.Very adept at all conditions,even hardpack.
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I made the mistake of getting too small a ski with the Mantras. I demo'd the 177 and 184 (6'1" 190) on a non powder day and felt I had more control with the 177 particularly in the trees. I pulled the trigger on the 177 and the first day I had them out in powder I realized my mistake. They just didn't have the float that I wanted. I sold them and moved to a more traditional All-mountain (Peak 82). The Mantras are a great ski and you can't go wrong with them but as the poster above stated, you have to know what their limitations are. They definitely shine in powder and open spaces. Best advice…demo them for what you want to use them for and see if you like them.
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