chartguywrote a review of Volkl Mantra Ski on November 6, 2012
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.