Volkl Mantra (2009) - Ski Mag

Volkl Mantra (2009)

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Völkl Mantra

Rating: / 5
Price: $825.00
Year: 2009
Level: 3
Gender: Male
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Tip/Tail/Waist: 133/96/116
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Stability at speed: 3.29 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.10 / 5
Crud performance: 3.26 / 5
Forgiveness: 2.86 / 5

No gimmicks. The Mantra is as simple a construction as anything out there: wood core, vertical sidewalls, metal laminates. And it performs accordingly. Other skis will be less demanding, but the Mantra skis with the power seasoned experts enjoy. In crud it's unflappable, and there's plenty of flotation for powder days and enough edge-grip to get you back to the lift. "A versatile performer," said Woods. "Charges the steeps yet feels at home on groomers."

Best For

High stability in rough conditions

Not For

Forgiveness or short-turn quickness

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At 96 mm, the Mantra was second-fattest in the category. That put it at a disadvantage in terms of quickness and all-mountain versatility, but it will rock those powder days. It’s a traditional-camber, wood-core, laminate construction—built for racy edge-grip that belies its girth; demanding, but also rewarding. It was No. 3 in Flotation, yet still in the middle of the pack for Hard-Snow Grip. It loves long arcs and high speeds, erring on the side of power over finesse. Among all the rockered skis, it feels especially long and burly, which skilled traditionalists will love. “A dynamic one-ski-quiver gem for experts,” said Malone.