I'm looking for impressions on how they relate to each other. I haven't skied either but I'm hoping to buy between seasons to take advantage of the good deals. I've boiled it down to these two based on ski mag reviews and what I've read in these threads, but I haven't seen any head to head reviews which is what I'm after. Hope you can help me out.
I'm a mid 30s, 6'2" (188cm), 210 pounds (95kg) rider. I'll be looking at the 185 Enforcers or the 184 Mantras. I used to be a really aggressive skier until a couple of knee surgeries, but I still enjoy the steep and deep. I'm probably a better skier now that I pay more attention to form instead of letting my knees soak up my sins like they did back in my balls to wall days.
I ski mostly in Washington (admitted Alpentolic with a gold pass - so I get a few days in at Crystal too), but I also like to do one trip a year to somewhere in the Rockies. I'm looking for my 75% of the time pair of skis. I also have powder boards for big dumps, and some fun little SL skis for groomer days with the wife and kids. I'm replacing Head Monster M85s. I spend about half my time in the BC, and the other half in area on both steeps and groomed. I suffer bumps to get where I want to get to, but other than that I avoid them for the sake of joint preservation.
I enjoy a livelier ski, and some of the reviews I've read on the Mantra make me think it might be a little too "dead", but I also REALLY need a crud buster for NW cement, and thats wear the Mantra is reported to be at its best. I love to get a carve in on the lower mountain, but at my size, float is important too for those days that aren't big enough for my powder boards.
If you've ridden both these boards I'd love to hear your comments - thx.