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Volkl mantras, are they right for me.

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 

Ive been looking around for awhile for a good one ski arsenal. and have come to fall in love with the Volkl Mantra.

 

but i have a few concerns as to whether ill be able to power the ski or not.

 

i am 18yrs old

122lbs

5'10"

advanced intermediate skier

like to get into some bumps

 

i am pretty strong for my size as i bike alot in the off season.

 

but my question is, will i be riding these skis, or vice versa.

 

i work at a ski shop so price really isn't an object.

 

open to suggestions.

post #2 of 9

Light weight, mid level abilities and bumps is not a good match for the Mantra. If you just really want one, the Aura would be a better call. Here are some better options.

 

Western skier.....http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/92748/western-daily-drivers-in-the-90-100mm-range

 

Eastern Skier....http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/96369/the-crazy-88s-revisited-2011-mini-reviews

 

SJ

post #3 of 9

Partly what SJ said, except that no male in his right mind would go buy an Aura; has he looked at the last coupla years' graphics close up? Other suggestions are good.

 

That said, since I'm fairly light and also appreciate the Mantra (165, owned several 177's, like its shape, versatility), have this alternative: http://www.Untracked.com/p3006c2b53-09_volkl_polar_bear_at_freeride_ski.html

 

It's the old Mantra, 94 mm waist, otherwise identical except no metal. Aimed at AT, so light, with decent graphics. At your size, it'll have plenty of beef, and retain the versatility of the Mantra taper, be significantly better in bumps without the metal to stiffen up the tail. And the price is right...

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Partly what SJ said, except that no male in his right mind would go buy an Aura; has he looked at the last coupla years' graphics close up? Other suggestions are good.

 



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SJ

post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 

i should mention that i like to drive my skis hard

 

i rode a pair of Dynastar Contact 4x4s last year and loved them. the 178 skiied a bit long for me, but the 172's handled just fine. but they didn't float well enough. are these comparable to skiing the mantras, both are pretty stiff.

 

of course i may be completely wrong

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i should mention that i like to drive my skis hard

 

i rode a pair of Dynastar Contact 4x4s last year and loved them. the 178 skiied a bit long for me, but the 172's handled just fine. but they didn't float well enough. are these comparable to skiing the mantras, both are pretty stiff.

 

of course i may be completely wrong

 

the mantra most likely isnt a good choice.

 

Where do you ski at mostly? what do you want the new ski to do well at, what are you willing to sacrifice ?

post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 

well i will keep the mantra in my mind as maybe a second ski.

 

 

i ski mostly as squaw valley and sugar bowl. occasionally bear valley and dodge ridge. i want to have good float in the powder, while still being able to carve nicely and get into the bumps when i need to.

 

im open to any suggestions but have a connection with volkl so i can get thier gear cheaply. what about an AC40 or the Kendo??


Edited by Gregoryv022 - 12/14/10 at 5:28pm
post #8 of 9

Uh, the AC40 has been out of production for years. You sure you have a connection to Volkl? 

 

Also, hard to compare a 75 mm carver (4x4) to a 96 mm big mountain (Mantra). And 172 in the 4x4 is a size most folks in the 180's might use. But I digress. For Squaw, something like the Sultan 85 or Stockli VXL or Elan Apex or Blizzard 8.7 if you really like to drive hard. If you want a Volkl for sure, I'd recommend the Kendo as a narrower, more versatile Mantra. The AC50 is too narrowly focused IMO. Seriously, go read Sierra Jim's and Dawcatching's reviews of midfats, then come back with some more focused questions. 

post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 

i personally don't have a connection, but the shop i work for does. my manager has a couple of new stock AC40s

 

 

after reading Dawgcatching's reviews, i narrowed it down to sultan 85, blizzard 8.1, Kendo, and the Apex. considering the Apex is almost a clone of the Kendo, and my shop doesn't stock it, i pick the kendo over that. the blizzard was one of my favorites, but it would be very prohibitive for me to locate one to buy inexpensively. so its down to the Sultan 85 and the Kendo. the Kendo, sold flat, would still be cheaper. 

 

 

the sultan has rocker and camber while the kendo is pure camber. the sultan also has more shape than the kendo.

what performance differences can i expect from this?

 

how about atomic Crimsons?

 

 

 

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