Code: WINTER20

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Forget everything you knew.

For years, the Volkl Mantra's been the gold standard for all-mountain edge grip—you could point it at anything and let 'er rip, but it was a ski that always wanted to be driving a hard edge. The combo of power, precision, and width made for a wonderfully versatile quiver-of-one ski, but always left a niggling feeling that you were missing out on some of the powder-munching, turn-smearing fun of surfier, more forgiving boards. This year? Not so much. Kiss those hangups goodbye and say hello to the new Mantra, a slightly fatter, fully rockered all-mountain animal that has all the aggressive, hard-charging instincts of the original, tempered with a dose of pure pow lovin'.

If you're into powder (is that even a question?) two words should stand out from the first paragraph: Full. Rocker. While the old Mantra could be overly aggressive in soft snow and tight trees, the new profile combines with a tapered tip to ease things up, making it easier to throw your skis sideways, scrub speed, and have more fun when things get soft and you need to be light on your feet—you'll be able to vary your turn shapes, opening things up when you feel the need for speed and shutting them down when things get techy. 

Don't worry about sacrificing hardpack performance, though. Even though its waist is two millimeters wider than previous iterations, the Mantra uses Volkl's burly, aggressive Power Construction, with a torsion box for stiffness, vertical sidewalls for durability, and a titanium laminate to keep you charging hard, because, after all, it's still a Mantra. There's ash underfoot for power and top-shelf binding retention, with poplar in the tip and tail for a more lively, playful feel. If you find something it can't handle, you're probably trying to use it as a boat, or a machete, or a pair of pants; keep it pointing downhill on the snow, and you'll see why it's such a legend.

  • Full rocker
  • Multi-layer poplar and ash core
  • Titanium laminates
  • Power Construction with torsion box and vertical sidewalls
  • Vertical sidewalls
  • Tapered tip

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5 5

The Ski, The Myth, The Legend.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

No - the name isn't a coincidence.

Nor is the fact that volkl has been making a form of this ski for a decade or more. While other ski models have come and gone by the wayside - the Mantra reigns supreme as the go to ski for those who know what it feels like to go from lofting in deep powder, to shralping hard crust, to slaying spring slush.

This ski is burly. Both in it's construction and the natural way it skis. Stiff where you want it, but flexible enough to respond to whatever stylish pop and swagger you throw at it. Stomp airs with confidence, abuse and use it, this ski can handle the wrestling match.

I have owned 3 different years of this ski and I have to say it's the ski I turn to more often than not. I've skied them for a full season with touring bindings and in my quiver of skis seem to wish when I'm deep in it, I should have brought these bad boys in place of my lighter less forgiving tech touring skis.

When anyone asks me which ski they should get for an all around powerhorse of a tool, I make sure they go with the Mantra -

Mantra, to life - ski powder, eat chowda, and be louder.



Currently on 2012-2013 Bridge and love them. Lotta play and fun all over the mountain. However, at times I find myself looking for something with a little more pop and that I can charge on when I feel some need for speed. Typically ski all over, lot of side country and groomers on occasion when I want to open up. Ideally I should start expanding to have a few pairs of skis for what I want, but also a poor student so, you know, trying to do the all in 1.

I've been looking at the mantras for a few years now (took the bridges over them previously) and I know they made some changes to this years model. I'm curious if going with the new model or poking around for last year's is a better idea?

Other useful info: ex-racer, expert, grew up on the west, currently in the east

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I think going for this years Mantra is a very good way to go, a great performance upgrade to your bridge. With you being used to the full rocker of the bridge the new mantra won't be a massive change for you in rocker profiles. The old one will kick you in the pants in certain conditions, especially moguls, and little bit deeper snow.

If you want a stiffer, more powerful version of what you currently ski then go 2014/2015 Mantra.

If you want a more dedicated more traditional powerful carving experience that has been a favorite for many years try and locate the older versions.

I throughly enjoy the new version, yes it's different but for more of a true all mountain any condition ski the new is more fun and easier in my opinion. I found I had to erase the old one out of my memory and go into the new version with a clean slate.
Hope that helps,
SF





I am 6'4" 230 aggressive hardcore skier that rips would you recommend a 191cm. This will be my everyday ski. I have a groomer and powder ski.

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Definitely! The 191 sounds like the perfect size for you!

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,
It does ski a bit differently than previous model years, but I would agree that it is just more capable in deeper snow. It does have a layer of Titanal which helps with dampening, edge grip, stability, and generally contributes to hard-charging performance.
I recently snagged a pair of this years 177cm Mantras for my dad, who already had a pair from a few years ago... and he is super stoked about them!
I'm going to grab a pair of 170cm Auras for myself, and I definitely prefer this years model over last years. It's way more playful and versatile. Anyway, I do not think you'll be disappointed!
Here's an awesome review from Blister Gear Review that really dives into more details! Hopefully this helps!
http://blistergearreview.com/gear-reviews/2014-2015-volkl-mantra-2/2

Does this ski, ski short? I am looking for a stable at speed (35-55mph) side country ripper. I am 5' 11 150lbs. I have 178 La Sportiva Lo5s and 182cm Praxis GPOs.

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I did not feel it skied short on the 177cm. In certain aspects it does feel a touch shorter and more agile than the older version in the same length but I personally would never size up on this version.

If you dig hard into reviews on the new Mantra you will find some have struggled on the 184cm for various reasons and had trouble figuring the ski out. 177cm sweet, 184cm not so much.

I'm 6'1" 178lbs and wouldn't even consider the 184cm, but I prefer staying a little shorter for moguls and just a quicker experience.

SF