Bought these back in 2012 but due to knee injury only skied them for the first time this weekend in Chamonix. For such a light boot, the TLT 5 gives fantastic support and strength - completely exceeded my expectations. Over 4 days I skied various conditions: week old packed snow on piste, a day of 2 foot deep fresh powder followed by another of heavier chopped up wet snow. Paired with some Revelstoke skis, this is an extremely light set up making for great steer-ability of the ski and the off piste ride felt as good as in my Black Diamond Factors. Booting up to find runs was effortless. The inevitable trade off was too much flex when hard charging variable off-piste and on bumpy, harder-packed snow in resort runs. But that's not surprising and they still coped amazingly well in those conditions - so a small price to pay for such a versatile boot.
Hi. I need some length advice. I'm 6 ft, 185lbs and an aggressive skier. I normally ski volkl mantra 194s with marker duke bindings for my all mountain resort off piste day set up. I want to buy the stokes for a lighter weight multi day touring/ski mountaineering set up and don't know whether to go for the 182s or get the longer 192s. Any advice? Will the 182s feel short? Thanks
Thanks Andrew, I hoped I would have this rig for longer. I've skied around 80 days on them so far I guess. James
I've got a pair of 191 mantras and this is their fourth season. I skied them last weekend but noticed that they seem not to have a natural bend anymore (think the word I'm looking for is camber). When i put thebskis together the edges touch all thenway from the riser to the tail without a natural gap around the waist near the bindings. They skied ok and there is still flex but felt a little sluggish. Are they just old? Is it normal to lose that natural bend? I stored them over the summer in my back room with a an elesticated bungee around the waist just above the bindings. I'm wondering whether that could have caused the problem. Any ideas anyone? Thanks
Ps - love the mantra. Awesome ski.