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Rides both hardpack and pow.
- Early rise tip and reduced camber underfoot makes it an easy-to-steer, responsive ski in any condition
- Lightweight Paulownia poplar wood core allows you to haul ass up the skin track and then charge back down
- Dual-density sidewall helps qualm the high-speed jitters in variable snow conditions
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These skis seem to fit what I need/want...
These skis seem to fit what I need/want out of a ski. I am a little wary of the size available though. I weigh 170-ish and am 5'10". Anyone out there have an opinion on me riding the 185's? I am used to a 188, but was thinking of going a little smaller as I want to get AT bindings with these skis. Thoughts?
Thanks for the question. I think the 185cm size for the G3 Tonic Ski would do well for you as the maneuverability of the ski shouldn't be too difficult from it having a bit of sidecut and a 100mm waist width. The only hesitation I would have is if you would be doing really technical skinning and descents that are VERY narrow.
If you had a choice between the G3 Tonic...
If you had a choice between the G3 Tonic and the Zen Oxide for an all round touring ski in the Rockies, which one would you choose?
I would go with the Tonic. You take a slight weight penalty, but you get a bit of tip rocker and a shorter turn radius. They look a heck of a lot better, too.
ZenOxide for sure. Same rockered tip, lighter weight, not a big penalty in terms of stiffness, and I like less turny skis. I think the Tonic is just too heavy to tour on much. The Zen is a major difference in weight.
Isn't the tonic lighter than the Zen?
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How does the Tonic (and Saint) measure up...
How does the Tonic (and Saint) measure up against the Volkl Mantra?
I have the 10/11 BD Verdict... very nice ski but a bit soft. I need more dampness and a snappier ski. thinking of the Saint or Tonic... but I keep reconsidering the Mantra. Any suggestions?
Personally, I don't think you can beat the Mantras. I have tried all the skis you mentioned as many of the resorts have free or very cheap demo days around me. I have two pairs of the Mantras in 170s and 177s, and they just rock. I feel like they can do everything very well. I'd give them a solid 9 out of ten on hardpack, nicely groomed, trees, and moguls. I'd give them a 10 out of 10 in the crud, and a 7 out of ten in pow. Awesome ski, and definitely one for a one ski quiver.
Referencing Jeff Chrisler's comment below....
Jeff, of the Tonic and Saint you demo'd... which has more damping and a snappier feel? Does one come closer to feeling like the Mantra?
G3's are coming up on SALE and fits my budget better...
I have both the 2012 Mantra (184) and my second pair of Tonics(177). You are trying to compare apples and oranges! The Mantra is a great all round resort ski, heavy stable, carves ice, loves long GS turns. It is also a reasonably quick turning ski, with the early rise tip. I have NTN Freeride bindings on my Volkls. I call them the Panzer skis, hammer through anything.
The Tonics on the other hand are a light, quick, turny ski, very fast edge to edge, lively on fresh snow. Not as rock solid as the Mantras at high speeds. The rockered tips handle cut up snow very well too. On ice, hard bumps with the reduced edge hold (tip rocker) they have far less grip than the Mantras. On even an inch or two of fresh, they are a joy to ski. My Tonics have the NT Bulldog binding, a light setup, with more ROM for skinning and a better free-pivot than the Freerides .. I usually tour on the Tonics, so they are a great, all round ski for the East. The Mantras come out when the resort is icy, or I try to keep up with my teenager on the groomers.
I ski both skis with the NTN Prophet boots.
I enjoyed the original Tonic skis... Now the Tonic went on a diet (They made them lighter) So when I tour up I have more energy on the down...I did a Dawn Patrol this am...And the conditions were variable, a little new snow, some ice, and various crud...I felt confident letting these skis go! Good times! I love the new graphics,they kept me stoked whlie I was zoning out on the up track....