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Volkl Mantra (2017)

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Völkl Mantra

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Rating: 3.30 / 5
Price: $875.00
Year: 2017
Level: 2
Gender: Male
Waist Width: 100
Tip/Tail/Waist: 132-100-118
Lengths: 170, 177, 184, 191

Stability at speed: 3.34 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.46 / 5
Crud performance: 3.56 / 5
Flotation: 3.16 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.13 / 5
Overall: 3.30 / 5

The venerable Mantra, with its 100-mm waist, is virtually identical in width to the newer 90Eight, but with its two sheets of metal (the 90Eight has none) it's a damper ride, ready for higher speeds on harder snow. Also, it's available in a big 191-cm length with a long, loose 27.9-meter sidecut radius that likes to get to the bottom fast. 

It's part of Volkl's All-Mountain Freeskiing collection, which includes five midfat models built for all-conditions versatility and ranging in width from a modest 89 mm (Kink) to a powder-ready 108 mm (100Eight). Along with the newer models, the 100Eight and the 90Eight, the series includes two longtime Volkl stalwarts, the Mantra and Kendo. All are built with wood cores for snappy performance and durability. All but the relatively narrow-waisted Kink have tapered tips, where the widest part of the ski is pulled back toward the foot, giving them a looser, more maneuverable feel, especially in deep snow. All are sold flat (no binding). The Mantra and 100Eight are fully rockered for maximum buoyancy and shock absorption. The 90Eight, Kendo and Kink have rocker tip and tail with camber underfoot for positive edge grip and more traditional feeling rebound energy.

Volkl is based in Straubing, Germany (Bavaria), where it has been making skis since 1914. Affiliated brands include Dalbello and Marker. Like K2 and Line, Volkl is a subsidiary of Jarden Corp., which itself became a subsidiary of the Newell Rubbermaid consumer-products conglomerate in 2016. -J.C.

It might be the most decorated ski in test history. And while it’s been somewhat eclipsed by the newer, surfier 90Eight, it’s still a favorite. The ex-racers admire its metal-damp, velvet-gloved power on hardpack, where it loves to arc. Yet there’s no corresponding sluggish- ness off-piste, where it plows through afternoon crud without feeling heavy or exhausting. Date: “Drives like an Audi. Precise, reliable, comfortable.”

Notes: The venerable Mantra, with its 100-mm waist, is virtually identical in width to the newer 90Eight, but with its two sheets of metal (the 90Eight has none) it's a damper ride, ready for higher speeds on harder snow. Also, it's available in a big 191-cm length with a long, loose 27.9-meter sidecut radius that likes to get to the bottom fast. 

It's part of Volkl's All-Mountain Freeskiing collection, which includes five midfat models built for all-conditions versatility and ranging in width from a modest 89 mm (Kink) to a powder-ready 108 mm (100Eight). Along with the newer models, the 100Eight and the 90Eight, the series includes two longtime Volkl stalwarts, the Mantra and Kendo. All are built with wood cores for snappy performance and durability. All but the relatively narrow-waisted Kink have tapered tips, where the widest part of the ski is pulled back toward the foot, giving them a looser, more maneuverable feel, especially in deep snow. All are sold flat (no binding). The Mantra and 100Eight are fully rockered for maximum buoyancy and shock absorption. The 90Eight, Kendo and Kink have rocker tip and tail with camber underfoot for positive edge grip and more traditional feeling rebound energy.

Volkl is based in Straubing, Germany (Bavaria), where it has been making skis since 1914. Affiliated brands include Dalbello and Marker. Like K2 and Line, Volkl is a subsidiary of Jarden Corp., which itself became a subsidiary of the Newell Rubbermaid consumer-products conglomerate in 2016. -J.C.

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