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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 slight 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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I'm looking to replace my 2009 Mantras 184. Will the new models ski a little shorter? I sometimes find the 09s a bit unwieldy thru tight bumps.

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They will ski a little shorter as they have a new rocker profile.

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Hi! Can someone recommend climbing skins that will work with these skis - sized 177? Thanks in advance.

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Hey ms.p,
Any climbing skins that are the correct length and width will work with these skins. We sell quite a few good options from G3, to Pamoca, to our own house brand. However my personal favorite skins are the Black Diamond STS skins. Currently we are sold out of the width you need in the standard STS nylon skins but we do have the STS custom skins in your size. You would want the 125mm width in the 173-180cm length. You can check them out by clicking on the link below.

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Fast and Friendly

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I ski this ski more than any other, at 100mm underfoot it's done a great job at holding it's own in boot top depth new snow just as well as chalky snow, and fresh corduroy - it is a shredding machine. I compete on the Freeride World Qualifying Tour and have skied these skis during my competition runs more than once and had great results.

I'm 6ft tall, 195 lbs and ski the 191cm pair. The new full rocker design was something I was skeptical of at first but was a fan of after the first run. With one of the lowest rocker profiles of any ski one the market, you get the benefits of early rise - quicker, more effortless turns, more float in off-piste or fresh snow, and you also get the stable characteristic of skis with camber since the whole ski from tip to tail makes contact with the snow when it's turned on edge, where as other skis with a more drastic rocker profile don't create full contact on the snow when rolled over in a carving stance - making them floppy and squirrelly at high speeds.

These skis at 191cm are FAST, one full sheet of metal tip to tail makes any size of skier feel comfortable opening them up and making super G turns down almost any face with very little chatter. I'm mostly a Big Mountain skier but also like to throw a couple 180s into my runs and the turned up pintail in the back makes it possible for firm snow switch landings and take-offs.

All in all these skis are all you will need for any skiing being done from high pressure groomer days to those 6-10 inch sleeper pow days. Very versatile and user friendly ski.

Fast and Friendly
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Initial Impressions...

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

I headed to Snowbasin the other day to demo a variety of skis and this was by far my favorite. Conditions were hardback and ice and I found the Mantra (177cm) to be confidence inspiring. I was able to go as fast as I wanted all the while feeling in control. The skis I compared it to were; the Rossignol Shoul 7?compentent but with a soft snow bias and the Rossignol Experience 100?I only got to take the 174cm out for a spin and it felt too short for me. I will update when I get more days on the Mantra.

Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 150 lbs
Skill Level: Intermediate/Advanced

I currently have 177 Mantras with the old black and silver ninja graphic and love them, but sadly, they are shot. Pretty set on getting the new Mantra as a replacement but curious about the feel. I skied on the V-Werks RTM 84 on a demo day last year, which I believe are the same full rocker as the new Mantra, and liked how they just railed on groomers. Question is, does the new Mantra have that same feel? If so, I'm in! I'm 5'11" and 150# and I think I'll stick with the 177. Thanks

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Definitely stick with the 177. Even though the new Mantra's waist is 2mm wider at 100mm the new Full Rocker allows the ski to get on edge quicker and enhances edge contact from tip to tail. More edge contact equals more confidence and control in a variety of different turn shapes.

I'm 6', 170lbs intermediate skier. I want something that I can ride now but won't be obsolete as my skill set advances. Will the 170 do that for me or should I go with the 177?

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ski them long, go with the 177. i'm 6' and wish i went w 184. rockers allow for a longer ski

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177 would be best. You will be happy with how versatile the new Mantra is with the 100mm waist and Full Rocker profile.

I'm a 6' 185# intermediate to advanced skier. I ski %70 groomed and %30 backcountry. What length should I go with? 177 or 170? Thanks

I am 6-3 216lbs. looking for fun ski that will handle some off piste and some powder.. when we get it in ME or travel west. current ski Volkl RTM80 with full rocker... at 177 need some more float. is mantra the right ski?? or been reading of RMU super CRM also

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I'm about the same size as you and have the 177s. I love them! They really hold a line well in the crud and provide some nice float in softer and powder conditions. I like them so much I was actually thinking of buying a pair to keep in reserve for the future!

What bindings do you recommend for the Mantra? I'm loyal to Marker & Salomon but would like some suggestions on the different models from those two brands.

I'm 5'6"/150lbs/44y.o. Fairly aggressive "expert" type skier, going about 75% off piste / 25% on trail. DIN setting ~8.

Thanks in advance!

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With a normal DIN setting at 8, its nice to have one that goes up to 12. This way you are not maxing out the spring. I'd say between these two brands you are looking at the Salomon Z12 Ti Ski Binding and the Marker Griffon. To be honest there is not that much difference when it comes to function and the weight is almost the same, negligible when you put it on a Mantra. The current alpine binding out there with the most elastic travel is the Look/ Rossignol Pivot Heel.

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I'm a Griffon fan, I love how solid it snaps in, the added height for increased leverage and honestly have never had one single problem with my many pairs.

Bill is correct above though, if you want more elastic travel and more knee protection the Look or Rossi pivot heel series offer some added safety. More release directions in the toe as well. I'm sure its all in my head but I always feel more locked in when I'm in my Griffons. Especially when skiing firm groomers on stiffer skis. Others for sure will argue.

how do these new mantras compare to the bridges? I've got a pair of bridges that are a few years old (they seem to pretty much have stayed the same over the years) and I am looking at a new pair of skis pretty soon. I was thinking something wider than the bridges and I will still be keeping those as well. I was looking at the bacons but I just noticed these and the new design seems pretty nice. Mostly ski northeast with occasional trip out west.

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In comparison to the bridges the Mantra is heavier, stiffer, wider, and raises the performance level quite a bit. The new Mantra is much easier to ski versus the older version but you can still tell it has some serious muscle to it. It relies more on the rocker profile to battle the soft and off piste conditions far more than the skis flex pattern does. You will have to put more energy and effort into the Mantra in comparison to the Bridge to get the same reward out of it.

You can't compare this to the Bacon's in my opinion. Total different construction and target. Bacon is an absolute blast of a ski, I ski my sons frequently, but cant hold up next to the Mantra when skied aggressively by powerful skiers. Bacon is playful, very tight turn radius, jibby, surfy, and smeary, but really does an incredible job on firm groomed snow. The sidecut profile carves awesome round tight turns and is just fun! My sons is a 184cm Bacon mounted on Eric Pollards line which is too far forward for my liking in deep snow. I'm 6'1" 180lbs and its not enough tip out in front of me for the deep. Every other condition its perfect.

New Mantra is much more forgiving than the old version so this means many skiers of all abilities really can ski it now without getting tossed in the back seat or always needing to be on your A game. It does everything very well but didn't have any great qualities that stood out to me.

High performance, stable, smooth, damp, crushes and bombs through anything in its path, incredible edge grip, a true race oriented ski except for the lack of camber in it.

Bacon is playful, surfy, smeary, buttery tips and tails, tight turn radius, hip dragging carving in the right conditions, does handle crud surprisingly well, and will be a better powder ski if sized correctly.

Other skis to consider are the Nordica NRGy100, Blizzard Kabookie or Bonafide.

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Damn, great answer, thanks. I didn't mean to compare the mantra and SFB I had just been looking at bacons and noticed the new design on the mantra which looked sweet. Do you think the bacons would be a good east coast ski maybe on those days with fresher snow? I use the bridges right now for everything and I love them and plan on keeping them, but I was thinking something maybe a little wider for deeper days and ski trips.

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The Bacon does have very good edge grip, you wouldn't think so by looking at the ski but the center camber section is fairly stout. Anything fresh is where it does excel. Just search reviews, forums, etc, and you should be able to find plenty of opinions. The sizing of the bacon is pretty important as well.

Sorry for the long response above but I can get a little wordy.

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do you have any suggestions of a fairly wide ski ~110-115 somewhere in between the mantra and bacon in terms of palyfullness. I like something a little poppy now and then but something that can handle some decent speed too. I ski east coast, lots of trees, and I am not trying to make this my one and only ski but looking to add a bigger wider ski. Thanks!

Unanswered Question

Hi, I am considering to buy this ski for ski touring. I am 190cm 90kg quite profficient skier and I am planning to use the skis 50/50 on touring and downhill skiing. What do you think about this selection? Is it worth dragging this heavier ski up the hill, or should I go with lighter Volkl Nanuq? (or another alternative).

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Montra Experience

Just received a new pair of Volkl Montras as a birthday gift. Took them out for a big powder day at Brighton, UT for my first day out and was amazed on how they floated and how easy they turned. This was my first rocker ski experience. Took them out 3 more times on various packed powder and hard pack conditions and they performed just as well (even at 60 mph). Love these skis!

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Cut through crud

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This ski is fast and cuts through crud on between powder areas great. I am 5'4, aggressive skier and got the 170s. My go-to ski for a powder day or for any all terrain day. I like to use these for tree runs as well. I would recommend this ski to anyone who wants to go fast, have fun, and turn easily.

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Very Impressive

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

I have been shopping around for a new pair of all mountain mid fat skis. I was able to demo a pair of these last week at Alta. While I only had a few hours on these, I have to say that they are outstanding all rounders. I did get some time on groomers, some cut up powder and some consolidated wind blown snow. There was nothing that I can say but outstanding. Super smooth, excellent carving and crud performance was great. I was planning on trying a couple other skis, but at this point, may just go with these. I am 6'3" 180 ilbs and the 184 was a charm.

I'm an aggressive low expert skier, 5'6" 120 lbs. Would love to pick up this ski but haven't been able to demo and concerned about length. I've been skiing on Salomon Scream 10 Pilots for almost a decade. Worth a trying the Mantras at 170? Also considering the Kendos at a shorter length if 170 is too long but hoping the full rocker would make this work well.

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What length were your Salomon's? As a reference for you I'm 6'1" 178 lb 43 year old expert in the PNW. I own a 177cm Kendo and have owned a 177cm Mantra in the past and tried the new 177cm Mantra in the spring last year and would not own any any length other than the 177cm.

My wife is 5'6" 138b 43 year old expert and owns a 163cm Kenja and used to own a 163 Aura but on the new one I could be tempted to go up to the 170cm for her but not positive.

We ski a ton of moguls and tight runs so getting these skis long is not near as fun for us. At your size even going to the 170cm in the Kendo and Mantra will be a significant jump up in performance and stiffness. Don't forget to look at the Blizzard lineup as well, but this should give you some things to think about. Kendo only has tip rocker in it no tail rocker.

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Thanks for the reply. My Salomon's are only 155 cm so 170 cm would be a significant increase.

As an aside, my wife recently got a pair of the Kenja and absolutely loves them.

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It's all about what you're comfortable with but I would go with the 170 cm.

For reference I am 21 years old, 6 ft, 185 lb, and an aggressive "expert" skier. My current daily drivers (and I mean everything from my home mountain Crystal in WA to Sugarloaf in ME where I go to school as these have been my only skis for two years) are 190 cm moment bibby pros. I'm looking at the 184 cm mantras as a playful "all-mountain" ski--something to bounce around in the trees, ski bumps, hit the park, rail some groomers.

This years mantras have some mellow rocker in both the tip and the tail so they will ski shorter/softer. I don't know how old you are but if you are looking to advance/push your skiing a bit this skis will be great. If not you'll still have a bast on them. They may feel a bit heavy/cumbersome at first compared to your solomons, but your legs will get stronger and you'll be used to them in no time. I went from my 164 cm volkls and 165 cm (167 cm?) public enemies to some 189 cm obsetheds about 5 years ago and have never looked back. I've never found longer skis (within reason) to limit my skiing, only to give me more confidence to ski what I want. Now I would't say you should go hop on the 184 cm (just yet), but I think you'll have no problem with 170 cm, especially with a ski as awesome as the mantra. If you are really worried about the size and can't demo them, see if you can demo a similar ski in a similar length. Best of luck!

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I'm 6'3", 230 and have the 2014 184 without the back rocker and love them. Been debating for years and finally pulled the trigger last season and it was a great choice. I did the Market Schizo Jester bindings with them and they ended up being a great fit, but never really adjust them though I may try more this year.

Great for speed and for me I get no chatter as I have with other makes. Powder acceptable, but as one other person mentioned here you do need to work some more.

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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,

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.

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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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!