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Repeat after me: I love an all-mountain ski.

The Volkl Mantra Ski is your talisman six months of the year. This all-mountain ski both flirts with the big mountain and frolics with the front-side carvers. A combination of core technology and traditional sidewall construction makes the Mantra easy to repeat over and over again, whether it's laps on a big bowl or screaming down a steep shot.

The Mantra's tip rocker combines an early rise tip and a classic camber profile in the rest of the ski, which basically lays the full length of the ski edge on the snow so you can easily initiate turns on both hardpack and fluff. In the soft stuff, the tip rocker makes this ski forgiving and floaty so you can undulate over powdery pillows.

Volkl uses its Sensorwood core to keep the Mantra light and manageable. Vertically laminated poplar and beech wood create a lightweight and responsive core for bumps, trees, powder, and powerful turns on smooth surfaces. Made with Power Construction, this ski basically has two sheets of metal covering the core, similar to a racing ski. For you, this means a smoother-than-silk ride, and no extra trips to the dentist because the ice-induced chatter caused all of your fillings to fall out.

With 98mm underfoot, you have unlimited ski freedom to explore off-piste or rip down groomers. The Mantra sports the widest turn radius of Volkl's all-mountain skis, 22m for a 170cm ski. This translates to the snow in the following manner: skiing through densely packed trees will be challenging, while sweeping turns and soaring over bumps will be easier than eating pie. If you're a single-arrow-in-your-quiver skier, take the Mantra on a date, and enjoy the first of many outings with your new ski love.

  • Tip rocker (early-rise tip design)
  • Classic camber profile underfoot
  • Sidewall construction
  • Vertically laminated poplar and beech core
  • 98mm underfoot

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I am 6" 165lbs and ski aggressively. I...

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I am 6" 165lbs and ski aggressively. I ski the Rossi Soul 7 at 180 and it's too short. Should I go 184 or 177 with the Mantra? I ski mostly Big/little cottonwood and east coast. I like to charge the fall line hard and pop off features all over the mountain. On groomers long GS turns all day so just want to make sure I have the right length. Thanks

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Hey there c3cp

Based on your height and ability level the 184 sounds like the most appropriate length for you. Especially if your prefer longer-radius GS style turns.

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Ski aggressively, Big/Little Cottonwood, charge the fall line hard, long GS turns all day all spell 184cm to me.

Im 6' 1" 178 lbs and always choose the Mantra and Kendo in 177cm. I charge and play hard but my mountains aren't in the Cottonwood Canyons. I prefer lighter, snappier, quicker skis plus spend a fair amount of time in bumps. If you are going for one ski quiver 184cm is the way to go.

Mantra is always an awesome ski! Enjoy.

SF

Hi there,
Im about 6 "5" 200lbs considering...

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Hi there,
Im about 6 "5" 200lbs considering Mantra 184 & 191. Currently ski Dynastar Legend Pro in 190, they've been great skis just seem a bit heavy and long wondering if Mantra 184 would be too short?
thanks

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You are a big guy thats for sure. Im 6'1" roughly 180lbs and I like the Mantra in the 177cm length. But I wouldn't use it as a one ski quiver. I really enjoy the tighter turn radius and shorter lengths on Mantras and Kendos in the moguls and any kind of groomed run. This way they retain that light and energetic but still powerful feel to them. I have never felt unstable at high speeds on Mantras or Kendos in the 177cm length.

In my opinion the 191cm Mantra is a long stiff ski even for your size but really depends what you are trying to use this ski for. If you're thinking your current 190cm are long and heavy then maybe its time to drop a size and enjoy the lighter, quicker feel of the 184cm. It just depends on how much tip you want out in front of you on deep days if this is your powder ski as well.

Let me know if you have any other questions.

Skifreak

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Have to agree - 190 is a long ski these days. Given shape and construction stability will never be an issue in the Volkl line. By going 190 you lose versatility - but to what end? At 6'1" 180 everything I ski in the Volkl line is in the mid 180s. 184 is the better all around choice. And, when it comes time to upgrade a lot easier to resell!

5 5

Awesome all mountain ski

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I absolutely love these. I originally searched for a full on powder ski, perhaps the Katana, but ended up demoing a Mantra first. Did a couple full on powder skis, but was so impressed with the Mantra's performance in crud and on groomers that I ended up getting it instead. I think the first run or two of the day with perfect snow might be slightly better with a wider ski, but once the snow gets chewed up, as well as bombing down groomers getting back to the lift for another lap, the Mantra was far and above better than everything else I tried. The K2 Rictor was comparable to the Mantra on groomers I felt, but I felt the Mantra out performed it in powder.

I have a pair of Tyrolia Adrenaline A/T bindings mounted to them, which makes the Mantra a fairly heavy setup, but I absolutely love them. I have several friends who also have Mantras and have nothing but good things to say about them.

I think the only draw back is that they are a little on the stiff side. Being that I am a heavier skier, and I like to charge down the mountain, it fits me perfect, but if you are a light skier and go slower, you might notice it.

5 5

Mantra - perfect ski

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I ski big, lift served mountains in the Rockies - open bowls, steep & deep, trees, steep bumps, and the occasional groomer to get back to the lift. The Mantras do it all, and well. Definitely a single quiver ski with no compromise.

5 5

Mantra; the Ice ski

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have the 184 Mantra, with rocker. A great ski, for Vermont, and I've had them out West too. A little long for Eastern glades, but they float well on the powder days, and will charge through any kind of snow. Excellent grip on ice, roll them on an edge, and the whole ski works for you. Yet easy to pivot with the rocker tips when the ski is flat. Mine are set up NTN Freerides for tele carving. I am 6'2" weigh 195 lbs
I call them the Panzer skis!

Mantra; the Ice ski
4 5

I like em so far

I'm nearing 50, I am 5 8 175 , live in the tropics, and lift ski about one week a year. I worked and volunteered at a ski area in CA for about 10 years in the late 80's early 90's and missed the whole shaped ski revolution chasing waves.

I've recently come back to the sport on a limited basis and have maybe 15 days or so on shaped skis, over the last 5 years. They are amazing to say the least.

So I decided to buy some skis finally as I did not want to pay $50 a day to rent decent demo skis. My pal who is a Volkl rep recommended these skis and I've got about a a week on them in hard spring conditions in California. I'm at the point in my life where I need a gentleman's ski and I'm only going to have one pair.

I have not tried them in powder or corn yet, just spring condition groomers and they worked well. I would not say they "pop" you out of your turns like a racing ski, but they hold an edge well, and are easy to turn [what shaped ski is not?] and do not demand much work. Just put them on edge and they turn themselves. As the snow softened late in the day and started to form "junk moguls" at the bottom of runs they floated nicely over that cruddy horrible mixed density stuff. They alternated well between the hard then soft snow [all in one turn] if that makes sense.

I would not say they are super quick for tight radius turns but that just could be because they are not especially narrow under foot. I realize this sounds weird as they are relatively narrow now a days.

Overall it seems like a nice well rounded ski that can make big turns, GS turns. They can make short radius turn but don't seem especially made for that kind of skiing as they lack that pop, that helps you fly out of one turn and head into the next one.

I can't wait to try them in powder and corn snow. I get the feeling they will do real well in spring corn snow off the groomed.

I like em so far
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Great review!
Sick pic!

Thanks for sharing!

5 5

Old school choices, new school ease

  • Gender: Male

I raced in the 70s and haven't liked a ski as much as the Mantra in a few decades. I know that ski design has made carving available to the masses, but I tend to fight other skis until I get tired and then, make turns the way the skis are designed to be used which is much less work.

I found these on a weekend in Stowe when there were 3 days of snow. I paid the demo fee because there was too much fresh for my AC50s. I tried lots of nice skis, but these felt much better than the rest. Given NE, the snow was light an fluffy early, and later was skied out and damp. So, there were changing conditions to sample.

Ideally, I'd like a pair of Gotamas for the accumulated snow in the morning, but by 11 AM I was on the Mantras for the duration.

The Mantra reminds me of a GS ski from the late 70s in that you can initiate a turn so many different ways. It is very stable at speed, holds a strong edge on all but blue ice and has some float, even for the offensive lineman's body I have developed. I have 177s at 6'2", 260. These have me feeling good on bumps and better in glades. I wish they were 184 or 191 on boot top pow days and I might have chosen the longer sizes if I was going to run gates with them, but the AC 50s come out for beer league.

They are stiff, but are responsive if you are heavy +/or strong. My 6'4" 225 - former college rower - son is looking at 191s.

I think they are best overall ski for bigger, advanced skiers living in NE.

5 5

Tough to Beat As a One Ski Quiver

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is really a do it all ski. Powder, groomers, bumps, crud - they work like a charm. Even with the changes in camber (now early rise) they definitely favor the better skier. A good East Coast choice for sure.

4 5

Solid ski

Good all mountain race ski. This thing is really quick. Stiff and has a racer feel to it. Decent float in light snow, but really shines on hard snow! EAST COAST BEAUTY!

5 5

All mountain all the time

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This ski is your perfect one ski quiver. It does it all. Rails on groomers. Manages the steeps, trees and chunder. And floats pow well enough to not buy a second ski. I've owned three mantras now and love each one more than the last!

4 5

My go to for daily shred

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've skied a ton of days on these, they have taken a lot of beating, and still are a lot of fun for days with little or no new snow. The traditional camber and side-cut make them great for every day shredding, I've since purchased some wider skis for powder days, but they get the job done in new snow as well.

How would the volkl mantra riders describe...

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How would the volkl mantra riders describe the characteristics of the mantra versus the bonafide? More damp, more lively, playful, swing weight , etc..

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I find the Blizzard to be a bit more damp in that they release the stored energy more smoothly, some might call it a little less lively too. I believe that the Blizzards hold a more solid edge on hard pack and is a more consistent ski. I can't comment much on swing weight, shorter skis will have shorter swing weight, I want to say that in the same length though the mantra might have a little edge.

5 5

amazing every day sticks

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are my go to skis for all but 8"+ days.

I read from certain reviews that the new...

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I read from certain reviews that the new rockered versions have a softer tail as well but hand flexing still feels as stiff as they have always been. Anybody know the true facts?

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I believe they are close to the same stiffness in the tail, but the rocker definitely makes them FEEL softer when you are skiing on them.. not as punchy at all

what do they weigh?

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what do they weigh?

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Hey Thomas,
Here are the weight for the different lengths:
177: 2000 grams
184: 2104 grams
191: 2196 grams

Best Answer Responded on

Just want to add that Carvers weights are per ski and not for the pair just in case that wasn't clear.

5 5

5'10" Telemark Skier

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Great skis. As you may have noticed, it's hard to find someone who doesn't like them. I'm most impressed with their durability. I have 100+ days on mine.

3 5

Great at high speed, suck at tight turns

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have last year's Mantra. Disclaimer...I'm an intermediate skier, have taken these both east coast (vermont) as well as out west in BC and colorado. These skies are awesome at laying down big turns at high speeds. They are super stiff and are perfect for carving on groomers. They are also wide enough and heavy enough to take them into powder. However, the stiffness of the skis and it's not so great turning radius makes them difficult to handle in tight trees and bumps. Not the most playful ski. May be a little too stiff/heavy for my liking. That being said...they're a great ski if you are looking for all mountain ski to use on the east cost (take advantage of those groomers) and west coast (can tackle powder when needed).

I'm about 6'4" tall and around 250LBs. ...

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I'm about 6'4" tall and around 250LBs. I'm trying to figure out whether to go with the 184's or 191's. I ski the midwest mainly but head outwest for about 10 days a year in search of powder. Are the 191's going to be overkill for the groomers in the midwest?

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Im 6'3 and 260ish....have 184 Mantra "pre-rocker" and have skied post rocker version. All great. I don't think you can go wrong either size if this is the ski for you. Shorter will be easier to turn, particularly given skis radius. If your honest with your skills......( Im not!!) unless you are a hard charging bomber and really rip it, at very high speed the 184s will be plenty of ski for both midwest and west.......

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best answer is to DEMO both sizes

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