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The Volkl Mantra is a hard-charging racer trapped in the body of an all-mountain ski…and when we say ‘all-mountain’ we mean ‘all-mountain expert’. With a full wood core, vertical sidewalls, and double titanal reinforcement, the Mantra begs to be unleashed on untouched swathes of corduroy with the aggression of an imposingly-nicknamed Austrian. Meanwhile, its 133mm tip and mid-fat waist yearn to float through fields of back-bowl powder and chop through glades like a rabid lumberjack. So go ahead, spin the wheel of snow conditions and bring your worst. The Mantra rises above them all.

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Being that the 191s are the only ski...

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Being that the 191s are the only ski available on the site I'm looking at going with them but I'm not sure I can handle the length. I'm 6'2" 165bls and an aggressive advanced/expert skier doing about 90/10 on/off piste in Colorado. I would like to do more backcountry but my current gear just can't handle it. I'm talking some seriously old gear! 10 year old K2 escapes 170s. So looking for a serious upgrade I read reviews and demoed some 177 mantras and the end of last season in some crud, and loved them. However I never got to try them on any real steeps as I lost half the day to a friend tearing his meniscus. I do ski really fast on the front side but coming from old gear with major speed limit I had a hard time judging if I could go longer. I really want these skis but I fear that the 191s would be to big a jump from 170s and after reading the previous questions and reviews below I'm not sure a person of my height and weight could handle 191s period. Just looking for some thoughts

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I am exactly your same size. I owned the mantra in 184 it was all the ski I could handle. If I had to do it over again, I even consider the 177. IMO, the 191 is too much.

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The Real Deal

I grew up skiing in the Sierra's learning on boards that were way too long for this 5ft 9inch frame. Parabolic hit the scene while living in the No. East, and that was an improvement on the icy slopes of Maine. Then I demoed the Mantra during a visit to Grand Targhee. One run and I was sold. They do it all from powder in the west too the hard crust in the East. They will give you the most secure experience no matter the terrain. If you like to be aggressive and want your feet to follow your line consistently time and time again the Mantra will be the last pair of sticks you will ever want. Satisfaction guaranteed.

Hi I bought some Mantras from a friend...

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Hi I bought some Mantras from a friend that were mounted with Hammerhead tele bindings. I bought some marker barrons and had them mounted in a local shop. The guy mounting them said the prevoiusly drilled holes were close to the pattern for the Barrons andhe mounted them 1 cm foreward of boot center. Is this going to affect the way they ski?

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It will, but lots of people like to mount their skis a little fwd. The ski will feel a little shorter and quicker at the start of the turn and a little longer at the end of the turn or if you are on your heels "pointing it". I think you'll be just fine w 1cm fwd.

im 6 foot 4 inch and 280 #s needless to...

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im 6 foot 4 inch and 280 #s needless to say im a big guy. i skied the 184 mantra at jay this year in about a foot of powder and really liked it. however, would it be worth my money to upgrade to the 191? I am an advanced/expert skier doing 70/30 % on/off piste on the east coast. what do you think? would the 191 be too much ski for everyday?

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As you said you are a tall guy at 6 foot 4. You could go with 191 because although that would generally be considered a lot of ski you are tall enough to handle it. In fact, you would be a little taller than the 191's so I think they would suit you fine. I think that for a guy your height the 184's might feel short. Again, given your height, with the 191's you would have good stability at speeds, nice float in powder, and still be able to make quick, tight turns. Hope this helps!

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At 6'6" and 275 lbs, I completely understand where you're coming from. I bought the 191's this winter without demo-ing and considered the 184 at the time. I'm an expert skier that only hits up groomers when the girlfriend is around. I have never regretted purchasing the 191's. If you can sell your current pair to significantly subsidize the upsizing, then go for it. The additional stability/lift is worth it in deep pow and at speed on groomers. You'll be truly unleashed on untouched swaths of corduroy with the aggression of an imposingly-nicknamed Austrian, especially if you're on-piste most of the time.

My only words of warning are to just be ready to get technical in narrow chutes (think entrance to Corner Pocket at Fernie), and tight trees because it's a lot of ski to crank when you're staring down runs that skiers on average length skis are having second thoughts about.

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The Mantras flat out rock

The Mantras are fantastic skis. I'm 6'1", 205lbs, 53 years old and with 40 years skiing experience, ski expert terrain aggressively. All the hype you've heard about these is true - these skis flat out rock. I've skied them on balls to the wall hard pack steeps and they hold their edge really well. Wonderful in the thigh-deep untracked stuff out west, and great on the thick / wet warmer stuff in the Sierras. Also they're easy and fast in the chopped pow (which is much more common at most ski areas than the untracked) - they handle it all well. Highly recommend.

I am 22, 6ft 165lbs and am wondering if I...

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I am 22, 6ft 165lbs and am wondering if I should get the 184 or 177's? I am an east coast skier(Jay,Mad, Killington) with a week of out west skiing(Jacksonhole). I do a lot of tree skiing, some backcountry and like to ski fast down the whole mountain. I am an expert skier and currently ski a 176. What length should I get?

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I'm 6'1", 205lbs and love these skis - but I'm on 184's.
You're much lighter than I, go with the 177's

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I'm only 5'9" 160 lbs & I liked the 184s much more than the 177s which I thought were chattery at speed. I'm an agressive/expert Eastern skier, but I say go for the 184's!

it appears that the 191's are the only...

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it appears that the 191's are the only mantra's in stock here. i'm definitely open to buying a pair, but what would be the advantages/drawbacks versus the 184's.

i'm an 8/9 skier (6'1, 210) and will use these for 70% east coast resort (mostly bumps, some ripping groomers) and 30% backcountry, and intend to mount a pair of marker dukes.

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Not that you need it, but they'd be more stable in the longer length (...they're plenty stable as it is), and they'd also be more work to turn in a 191...esp. in the bumps. I'm a 6'3" 190 lb east coaster that also does ~70/30 on/off piste and I'm happy on the 184s. If I were to change length for my next pair, I'd actually consider sizing down vs. sizing up....

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Amazing pair of Skis

The ultimate one quiver as everyone says. I based my purchase heavily on these reviews and was not dissappointed. Skied 15-20 days in 2010 on them in WA and CO and loved every minute. Take good care of them and they will take good care of you. My set up is with the Marker Griffons and I think they look sick. Enjoy the shred!

Amazing pair of Skis

hi, i'm 6'2, 220, advanced/expert and ski...

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hi, i'm 6'2, 220, advanced/expert and ski mostly the east coast groomers, bumps, trees and am looking to hit the backcountry too, so the mantra seems a perfect fit. but is the 191 going to be too much ski for the bumps/trees? it seems like everyone on this board is advised to go with the 177 or 184, so why would one choose the 191?

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I wouldn't go 191 if I were you, and I'm 6'3 240 on a Mantra 184. There were times in diverse terrain where I wish I'd been on 176s. Short is the new long. Mantra's are amazing, as I said on my review, fast, stable, curvy, floaty and front/back fun.

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so i hate to be repetitive here, but in what conditions would the 191 be better than the 184? or would it take a 350lb lineman on a powder day to manage the 191's?

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Fast and Stable

Got these puppies in a 184cm, and they are FAST. Took a while to get used to the length after being on Big Trouble 176's all season. But once I figured them out, they really ripped. Got a chance to ride in shallow powder, trees, ice, crud, bumps, chunks and groomers, and they handled all conditions well. They take a bit more effort than I was used to, but really excel when you work it. Demo'd Katana 176, Gotama 191 this year and am really happy with the Mantra 184 as an all condition/all mountain ripper. Lots of fun in the trees, you can rip around corners and have a nice stable platform to land on. The most fun on the one and only day I had was making long, fast GS turns down the groomers, Mantras just make you want to tuck! Set up with Marker Griffon Demo bindings, boot center. If you enjoy high speed stability, excelled pow float and front side carvage, get the Mantra.

Fast and Stable

Has anyone else had the issue of the...

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Has anyone else had the issue of the topsheet turning from silver to a more gold color? It only happened to one ski, the second or third time I used them. I'm just wondering if this is normal or If it's something I should be worried about performance-wise.

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Hmmm....I just took mine out for a spin last weekend and noticed the same thing. Just assumed it was like that in the shop and I didn't notice?

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UPDATE:
After talking to the shop where I bought the skis (they said they had seen this on other pairs as well but couldn't explain why), I contacted Volkl. They assured me that this color change is NOT normal and definitely constitutes a warranty issue. They also told me that because it doesn't affect the performance of the ski I could continue to use them through the end of the season before sending them back. Our mountain here just closed, so my skis are now on their way back to Volkl for replacement.
Hope that helps anyone else who might have this issue!

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I'm 6'6" and about 190lbs. I enjoy skiing...

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I'm 6'6" and about 190lbs. I enjoy skiing powder, trees, and speeding down groomers. Plus I'm starting to ski more and more bumps. Which length would be best the 184 or 191?

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Greatest Ski I've ever skied

The title above says it all. I got these in 177 with a Marker Jester. There wasn't one part of the mountain it didn't love. Quick in the bumps, quick in the trees, light and smeary in the powder. I just loved it. My only complaint was was that it chattered a little bit on the very hard stuff. I probably could have mounted a burlier binding to deal with the chatter. Nonetheless, the ski is just great.

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the only ski you will ever need

I skied 3 days at Copper on this ski. The snow conditions were "spring" like. This means crud, wind-packed crud, and slush. On steeps and bumps and bowls, this ski was awesome. It can carve and it can float. The biggest surprise was how it handled intermediate/groomed terrain. It was unbelievably fast on this terrain. I never had the experience where I was easily passing everybody on a blue or green; but, this ski did exactly that. When you skied over low rises or jumps, you were launched like going off a ski jump. I've skied every major ski make in the last 10 years (K2, Salomon, Rossi); but, this was the most fun I've had on a new ski in a long, long time.

I'm debating between the Völkl Mantra and...

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I'm debating between the Völkl Mantra and Bridge. I'd say I'm an advanced/expert skiier (5'9", 160 lbs., normal to athletic build), and I tend to ski most conditions, except park, though I prefer a ski that can handle bumps and quick turns, but also carve and hold its edge at speed. I'm worried that a Völkl Mantra 170 would limit me on bumps/trees, but at the same time I'm not sure whether a 161 or 169 bridge is right for me, as the twin tip shortens the ski a bit. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

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Go with the mantra. I demoed that and the Salomon shogun in alta a few days ago. They had a powder day the first day, and the rest of the days were ice in the morning, slush in the evening. Now, in the powder, and the groomers, and crud, and even ice, the mantras ripped. I mean they really just ate it up like it was nothing, and they were extremely stable. The Shoguns, a slightly rockered ski, wre overall just way below the mantras; I road them for after the mantras and it was just not fun. I tried to throw the shoguns pretty hard down an icy face early in the morning, and I was not away how icy it was. Needless to say, the ski did not like it at all, flapping and just sliding with no bite. The mantra handled the ice very well though, the edge held great even on ice. Also, the few small jumps I went off of in the off trail riding the mantra handled great, landing was super nice. However, I must warn you, the mantras will handle the moguls, but they require a lot to be put in for that. I'm not great by any means at moguls, so it might have just been me but I really had to muscle the mantras around through the moguls; once I did they went through them very well, and it was a smooth ride cause of how stable they are, but like all volkl's Ive ridden, they require work to perform, and especially so in moguls. They will perform though. That being said, as expected the rockered shoguns were easier to through around in the moguls, but the mantras just felt more stable in them. Lastly, the mantras handle off trail through the trees great, so dont worry about that. Just be aware that they like all volkl's work best when you put a lot into them and push them.

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Have to enthusiastically agree with Mr Graves on all points but one ... The Mantra's absolutely rip in bumps, big bumps. These skis are by far the best boards I've ridden in many a year.

east coast 25 y/o guy here - advanced skier...

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east coast 25 y/o guy here - advanced skier / snowboarder

have been skiing for the last 15 years, snowboarding for the last 10 (i don't go often enough to be expert, probably 8-10 weekends a year, incl. 1 west coast). i love doing tight fall-line carving on groomers and want to be able do that no matter what conditions

have some '10 k2 xfire's@170 & they are a blast on your std hardpack / occasional mixed surprise east coast groomer conditions. the last few times we've had heavy snow "east coast powder" aka naturally formed moguls & crudfest i've simply been not able to do my usual fall-line carving (the skis feel too squirrely & i usually have to start skid/scarve & slow down), i usually switch to board on these days

what im looking for is a solid wide & long platform that will give me the confidence & stability to be all systems go for fall-line aggr SKI carving even in heavy crud/"powder" conditions

im 5'8", 200#'s very lean, big legs & can power well.. 177's or 184's?

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Duke-
I am about 20 pounds lighter than you and ski the 184. It is a stiff burly ski that requires you to stay on top of it. That being said, for what you want them for I think you'd be well satisfied by the mantra.

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awesomeness

Got these on SAC for half price and just tried them out two days ago: Awesomeness. Very stable at full speed bombing down the hill while passing all the noobs. I'm 6'3" and got the 184cm. They're fat enough for powder too, I felt like I was on a cloud and didn't have to lay back at all.

I am 6'1" and about 175 pounds. I like...

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I am 6'1" and about 175 pounds. I like to ski powder, go fast on the groomers, and do not particularly enjoy moguls. I also enjoy my time in the trees and bowls. Do not spend any time in the park. Advanced but not expert skill level because I only get to ski about 7-10 days per year. Would you recommend 177s or 184s? Thanks

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Either one would probably work fine for you, it really depends on what you want to do more. The 177s will be easier to throw around in tight trees, but the 184s will be a little more stable if you're making big fast turns and will float better in the powder. I'm 5'10" and 150 pounds and ride 182cm Volkl Gotamas, the wider brother of the Mantra, and I love them. It sounds like you might lean toward the longer ones for the skiing that you most enjoy.

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unreal

These sticks are ridiculous. Mounted my Mantra 177's w Salomon STH 16's, and couldn’t ask for a better set up. Just spent 4 days carving up the front and floating the back, and couldn't believe how well they handled it all. Truly an all-mountain beast.

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Mantra is unbelievable!

Hello,
I am 62 years young ( 6'1" and 183 lbs. ) and ski for the last 47 years.
I have used 23 pairs of different skis and 2 of those belonged to the all mountain family, starting with Salomon XScream 195 cm. bought in 1998, and Volkls AC40 191 cm. bought in 2006.

I skied Mantra 184 cm. recently and fell in love with these skis.
THEY ARE UNBELIEVABLE! Go through everything like a bullet - crud, mixed snow, large, soft bumps, steeper hard bumps, long turns, short turns, steep alpine bowls with fresh, heavy snow and hard groomers GS style!

The skis are relatively light ( with Griffon 12 B110 bindings ) lively, responsive, stable and grippy!

96 mm width under my feet was enough for me to float in 35 cm. of fresh snow. It was not this light, fluffy powder that requires no work - it was quite sticky, lumpy fresh snow of the Coastal range.

Congratulation Volkls and Thank You!

Matt

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