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Mark Beech wrote a question about on October 8, 2014

I loved the old Mantra and I've read very contrasting reviews on the new one. Some say they have ruined it by taking the edge off the hardcore race ski type feel that the old one had on hardpack. Others said it's still just as hard charging on groomers but is much more capable in the fluffy stuff. If i buy this looking for the high speed thrills i got from the old Mantra will i be disappointed?

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Mark Beech wrote a question about on October 8, 2014

I have some Griffons on my current skis and have been very pleased with them. I'm about to get new skis and wondering if i should upgrade to Jesters. aside from a little more strength, higher DIN range and looking cool in the lift line is there any advantage for going for the Jesters?
My current DIN is set to 8 so are the Griffons better anyway?

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Mark Beech wrote a review of on February 4, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Last year I skied on Mantras in Breckenridge, this year i skied Jackson Hole and split my time between the Bonafied and Soul 7 both in 180, I'm 5'9" and 190 lbs. The day I got my hands on the Soul 7's was right after a huge dump and so there was a lot of snow, the soul 7 is ahhhh mezing in these conditions, I've never skied anything this fat or with this much rocker but i was bouncing around in the pow through trees making turns that i don't think i could have made on other skis, they were quite simply amazing and gave me a huge smile. i had a couple days of this type of action and just fell in love with the skis. however when i hit the groomers I just didn't fall in love with them like i did with the bones and mantra, the mantras are hard work but feel like your on rails when doing long fast gs turns, the Bones are not far behind. The Soul 7's in comparison just felt a bit soft and wet, they were fine most of the time and seemed to excel at short aggressive turns (I wasn't expecting this) but as soon as i gave it a proper blast i found them borderline scary at times. I guess it's down to personal preference and conditions that you ski, if you spend most of your time bouncing around in powder and are happy to give up a little top end speed these skis are heaven. if you split your time between the bowls and skiing with the family on groomers and get yoru thrills going flat out, potentially you will occasionally feel like the ski is lacking. however every time it snows you will be smiling. I am totally torn, i love this ski but dont know if i could live without that high speed stability.

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Mark Beech wrote a review of on October 9, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

So these look great but my feet sweat like hell in these things, i feel like i'm squelching around in them when it's a hot day. also it may just be my feet but the toe next to my big toe hits the end of the shoe. i tried the size bigger and the size smaller and this was the best fit but initially the toe thing caused me problems

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Mark Beech wrote a review of on October 9, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I have skied for over 20 years and tried loads of different types of socks, these are by far the best I've found. I have a performance fit on my boots and found this weight to be just perfect. i also sweat like... well i sweat a lot and these keep my feet dry and warm. I wear a size 10 shoe and went for size M and that worked out great, i always get ski socks a little small to avoid the dreaded heel pocket on the Achilles problem and these fit perfect.

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Mark Beech wrote a question about on September 16, 2013

I'm venturing more and more into the big boy terrain but still love to rail long hard fast turns on piste but never really spend much time in the park apart from to maybe hit a couple small jumps. my current skis are Scott Punishers which are about 5 years old now. Last year i demoed some Mantras for a week in Breck and loved them, they felt like they required significant amounts more work to get the most out of them but it was worth it, they held an edge so well and were so stable at speed. i actually found them much more fun on double diamond runs than my punishers too however they lacked a little of the liveliness that i like from the punishers in short turns. I had considered the bonafide as i read they are a bit more playful but then i saw Freeskiers review of these and they seemed to think they are the mutts nuts. I haven't skied a step down side wall ski but typically haven't liked cap construction as much as traditional side walls. from my garbled description of what i want in a ski (carve like a GS ski, lively, fun in bumps, floaty in light pow versatile etc) which is best for me, Mantra, Bones or Theory.

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Mark Beech wrote a review of on January 4, 2013

5 5

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

I got these in Blue\green to put on a pair of Atomic Supreme skis for my wife, they feel really solid and seem to be great bindings, the colors went really well with the skis too, they really look cool IMO. All in all they have been great and as usual the service and delivery from backcountry was awesome. My only complaint is that it took me a couple mins to figure out the DIN scale, at first glance the numbers are all over the place, I had to count off the marks and then it all made sense.

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Mark Beech wrote a review of on September 28, 2011

4 5

Once these gloves are on they are great, the fit is good, they are comfortable and there’s plenty of feel and grip through the fingers, they also breath really well through the back of the hands. I completed a 3hr race a couple weeks ago in them and they were great, my only complaint is that there is no elastic or anything around the cuff so you really have to wrestle them on and at times it almost feels like they are going to rip. I have a very similar pair of 661 gloves that were a lot cheaper and are far easier to get on and off.

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