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chartguy wrote a review of on November 6, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I arrived at Steamboat with a foot of fresh pow. I went straight from the Gondola to the rental yurt, and they put me on Mantras. They were extremely easy, but after two runs, I went back and said "these are boring". They put me on Shoguns, which I bought that night. The Shoguns are not as forgiving, but they've got more "pop" to them. Keep in mind, I'm a big (6'3", 230#) guy, who tends to attack the fall line. What I loved about the Shoguns was that they begged me to turn. The Mantras just did whatever I asked them to do. Not a bad thing, but not what I wanted.

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chartguy wrote a review of on November 27, 2011

5 5

Thirty years ago, people wanted "a slalom sidecut with a GS flex". This is today's version of that ski. Stiff, with a very stiff tail. You can make all the turns that you make on a Shogun (I have those, too), but you have to be going at least twice as fast to get them to bend enough. They are rock-solid stable, and the foot of rocker is just enough, without so much that they chatter. You work a lot harder on these than on the Shoguns, but you are rewarded with two to three times the speed, skiing the same line. I am 6'3" and I weigh 230 lbs, and I have strong legs. You need them for this ski.

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