Originally Posted by alexzn
Wasn't Explosiv much straighter sidecut than the Mantras? My buddy ran the Mantras as his pow ski for one year and then p
Romptly bough Katanas, I always thought that Mantra is too stiff and too shapely for being a powered ski, but truth to be told I don't like mantras for anything.... Isn't the Legwnd ProRidwr more like the Explosiv?
I have ridden both (LP Rider and Explosiv) these skis a whole lot, so I'll comment. The Explosiv was made at least two different ways. One was the original two or three releases (cloud graphics and blue and yellow heli graphics first, then a couple sorcerer models that were the same, but different from the cloud. Then the last, the Budha model, which was the same as the original cloud. Are we still together here? I can't speak to the sorcerer models, though they are the most popular, but I know they are straighter than the Mantra, yes. But the Budha and Cloud model (I owned 4 pr and they are still my rock ski) is a strange beast. It was designed for the skiing of the time, short swing jump turns in chutes. It has a short stiff tail and a stiff forebody. Whole thing stiff as hell. But here's the strange part, the sidecut is not much of a curve, it's a very shallow angle. Pretty straight from the tip angling to behind the boot, then angles out abrubtly from there to the tail. The sides of the angle are slightly, very slightly curved. Odd. Like I said, a platform, check, slide or hop around kinda deal.
The Legend Pro feels nothing like the Explosiv. It has a long smooth arc for sidecut. Everything about the ski is smooth, solid, in the snow, and very good with classic style skiing if you like, that is releasing the tails when necessary. The flex is more even throughout the ski, the transitions in flex are smooth, even with a tail much stiffer than the tip. The balance center on the LP is different and broader than the Explosiv. All the gestalt, all the intangibles are totally different between the LP and the Explosiv.
The Mantra was claiming to be an evolution from the Explosiv and everyone bought a pair. Some people were like: not as stiff, not as straight, how is this an Explosiv. And were a little grumpy.
The entire Explosiv series, combined with the Mantra series, probably logged the most high angle powder runs at Squaw for the era they were popular of any ski, so I would stretch as far as to say that one can ski powder on them, easily, efficiently, joyfully...no problemo.
Katana is a far better powder ski, the choice for Ingrid and J.M., and it represents the next generation of Volkl design, and roughly 13mm wider.