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An expert multi-tool for those who enjoy perma-grin.

Feed the Volkl Mantra a healthy helping of nipple-deep powder in the morning, and it’ll reward you with face-melting corduroy turns all afternoon. With superhero-like versatility, the Mantra’s full-length core and titanium topsheet soak up chunder and chop as you drive this grippy ride toward the back bowls. Set its 133mm tip and mid-fat waist loose on a fresh line and watch it float to the top with the power and maneuverability of a helicopter gunship. So nail your race skis to the wall and retire your mid-fats, because the Mantra has all the game you’ll ever need.

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5 5

Best All Mountain Ski Ever

Im six feet tall, 190lbs, and I ride the 184. I have Marker Jester Schizo's mounted to these bad boys and since Ive started skiing on them, there is literally nothing I cant shred. The Mantra has a metal top sheet which runs the entire length of the ski and it makes for a ridiculously stiff and responsive ride. That being said, the ride is far from harsh. For groomers, I move my bindings +1 of boot center and I can hook up on even the iciest of days. For choppy cruddy snow, I move them to 0 and just ride it out. No problems. And should it get deep? Well 96 under foot keeps me floating happy, and my moving my bindings back -2 my tips stay afloat no problem.
My only regret upon purchasing these is that I dont have the early rise that the new Mantras have. That being said, if you know how to ski, traditional camber aint no thang. These skis are confidence inspiring to say the least, and if you have an opportunity to pick a pair up, you wont regret it one bit.

5 5

Perma-grin until Perma-frost

I love these skis! They really shred on everything that resembles snow - crud, groomers, powder, etc, but they are allergic to ice. I spent an off-day with these in poor cover in Chamonix and I regretted taking them out because they took a beating. So did I. But then again, I wouldn't expect them to perform on ice, what with their width and versatility. But I have yet to ski a more fun ski in anything that has snow in it, and I have skied a few. Will be taking out my telemarks for the ice in the future and dance the snow dance at night so I can take out my Mantra's the next day in fresh powder! (I ski the 184s with Marker Griffons - 6' 200lbs - dope!)

I am 6'1, 230lbs, I ski in vermont, and...

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I am 6'1, 230lbs, I ski in vermont, and consider myslef an advanced intermediate. Would this be a good ski for me? and if so, what size?

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This could definitely be a solid ski for vermont (I'm an east coaster as well - most of the time).
I'm 6'0 185lb ski patroller and I ski a 183 Gotama, which is a little wider. Given you described yourself as an advanced intermediate, I'd recommend the 184cm for you. However it won't provide as much float if you ski a lot of powder, or if you're already on a ski that long and looking to step up, then the 191 could be doable. I'd err on the side of the shorter ski for you though, it'll be more controllable and still plenty stable.

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I too am a 6'1" and a modest 237. I ski mostly the trees and out of bounds at Pico. I ski the Mantra in a 177cm. Granted they are better suited for powder, but the 177 is great for quick turns, bumps and the hold an edge while I skid steer down the icy death zones of midwinter VT skiing. Once I make it to the trees they shine. The 177 is still long enough to blast through the few deep powder days we see in VT. Great versitility- My mantra's are well travelled- Big Sky, Jackson, Alta, no problems. If I were to move out west I might jump up to a 184 but since I just get a week or so every year before I am back to VT. I would stick to the 177.

Hi Guys, am 6ft0 205lbs and thinking Mantras...

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Hi Guys, am 6ft0 205lbs and thinking Mantras at 184cm. Is this a good length for my weight. I luv the back bowls and try to keep off the groomers if I can.
Regards Rossini

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Should be perfect, the width should keep you from sinking. I'm 6'2" 180 and felt like anything over 188 is too much anymore.

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I am 6' 205, 60 years old, an expert skier and find the 184 Mantra to be the best ski for all conditions period. The only caveat that I might state is heavy/wet deep snow conditions (some NW skiing) can be a little challenging. I just noticed this problem this season, my 4th on this ski, so maybe it had something to do with turning 60?? Getting a pair of the 2012 Volkl Shiru for next ski season as insurance for those damp ski days.

4 5

My favorite one quiver ski

I'm 5'10, 155lb and ride the 177 all the way to the bank. These things rally on the hardpack and inflict damage on any snowy surface that gets in their way. The wide shovel and decent sidecut provide great performance in pretty much every setting. I have them mounted with some Fritschi Free rides and will occasionally use them on some shorter tours or slack country skiing but def. too heavy in my opinion for a dedicated touring setup (I have a full Dynafit for that purpose). Hands down the best ski I've ever used. And the graphics aren't too bad either. You'll feel zen as well when you're ripping on the Mantras...now if I can only get that whispy beard....or any beard at all.

Has anyone mounted their bindings ahead...

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Has anyone mounted their bindings ahead of the manufactures spec?
My bindings are mounted according to the boot center mark but they seem like they are back too far.

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I talked to a guy at my local ski shop today about these, and he said that when he tried these skis they tend to nose dive a bit, therefore requiring a little farther back mounting position.

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5'8", 200#, 2009-2010 model in 177 (I believe dimensions are identical to this year's)

Since I had read much discussion over mounting position before buying mine, I decided to set mine up with Jester Demo bindings, so I could experiment for myself. I have tried them +0.5, +1.0, -0.5, -1.0, -1.5, and -2. I didn't like the feel of the skis in any position other than 0. The skis felt like logs behind 0, and the grip suffered in carved turns when positioned forward or behind 0.

I didn't experience any tip dive positioned at 0, whether I was in heavy Chugach, or 18" of light Cottonwood powder. I do prefer to ride powder with skis submerged under the surface, and even when I press the tips down, I don't feel as though I'll go over the handlebars.

Hope that helps.

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I mount all my big boards 5mm forward of boot center, subtle but effective. It allows you to make quicker turns anywhere. Learned it from a CU racer. Learn to control hips and core and you can ride more aggressively and not have to worry about the tips diving(these tips don't dive).

5 5

Mantra 184 Marker Griffon Schizo 12

4th season skiing, was ready to upgrade, demoed many skis this season, the first time on the Mantra I couldnt buy my own fast enough. Took my skiing up two or three notches. A rocker tip would be nice, heard Volkl is putting it next years model. Great all around ski.

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Forget the rocker. They are going to ruin a bomber ski

mantra ski length question - i am 5'10"...

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mantra ski length question - i am 5'10" 240lbs. and am 50 years old. going to set this mantra up as my first AT eastern ski. what length coffin do you guys think i should buy ? seriously, i am sure the fun factor is going to kill me but 184's or 191's is the question.

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184s for sure! Out east, the 191s would likely suck in the trees. And kick turns, going up the switchbacks, big pain with the long skis. And, even though you're a bit heavy for your height (no offense, seriously) the more AT you do the more you'll drop (ideally) into a better weight range for the shorter ski.

Got a ski choice question.

I am intermediate...

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Got a ski choice question.

I am intermediate soon to be advanced skier who is willing and will get to the expert level some day ( hopefully soon :).
The question I ma struck with would be a choice of an all around ski. As a So Cal dweller I visit apart from local resorts also Mammoth and Tahoe ( planning a next year trip to Utah).
I would greatly appreciate an advice whether these skies would be good for me? As well I was considering Grizzly from Volkl ( just love their skies, from all i have tested these were the best). I am pretty confident that with them I will only master my skills, but again its me, and I would like to hear an advice from someone who is more cold-minded on this issue :)
I am about 5'8 weight 180 pounds with an athletic build.

Thanks in advance!

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Go for the 184 Volkl Mantra. The 191s will still be a bit long for your ability right now and with where you're skiing, the 184s will be just fine. The Mantra is the perfect ski 90% or more of the time. Its a great quiver of one ski as it can ski the powder, groomers and crud with equal performance. Because it is a stiffer ski, it'll likely give you trouble at first, but once you learn to get on top of it - the ski and the snow - you'll love the skis.

How do these compare these to the Salomon...

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How do these compare these to the Salomon Shoguns? I'm about 5'11 and 200, not super aggressive but still learning

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Shoguns look to be a better powder ski than the Mantras. Also, the shoguns have a twin tip while the Mantras only have a raised tail (not full twin).
Shogun Dimensions: 130 / 101 / 120
Mantra Dimensions: 133 / 96 / 116

The mantra's have more side cut so they will perform better on groomers than the Shogun. Mantras are stiff responsive skis with two titanium layers while the shogun looks to be softer with a bamboo core. This will give a more playful ski feeling, especially in deeper snow. I would recommend you buy a ski that fits what you kind of terrain / snow that you enjoy skiing the most. If you really like powder skiing, the shoguns look to be a better fit, especially with the rocker. The mantras are a great all around ski and I have a lot of fun with them in all but the deepest of pow days. Most of all, I would recommend demoing the skis to try them out!

I ski 177 mantras and I am 6'2" and 180lb. I like the control I get with a shorter ski, however on deep snow days (can you tell I like the pow pow?) they are a little short for me.

5 5

wow

i just got back from a trip to colorado and these skis were amazing! i had a pair of carving skis previously, so it took a little getting used to the first few days, but once i got them under control, they performed as advertised! they were great for going through trees, pillaging some corduroy, and even worked well on the bumps. however, the time they shined was going through pow; it was almost effortless. definitely a one-ski quiver! i'm 6 feet and about 210 and i went with the 184's. the first few days i was doubting my decision, but like i said, once you get them under control, you'll be glad you went with the longer ones

So I just moved to North Lake Tahoe and...

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So I just moved to North Lake Tahoe and will be skiing Squaw almost exclusively (due to my pass). I'd say i'm intermediate- soon to be advanced ;) But can pretty much hang wherever on the mountain. I'm not into moguls and more of a relaxed skiier, but enjoy some speed and some trees. I'm 5'10", about 170lbs. I need some new skis and think the Mantras might be good for Squaw. There's been a lot of new powder, can these hold up? I've seen people lose some skis in the powder the last few weeks. I've traditionally skiied on shorter skis (165-170), but think I should up to 184 for these? Thoughts? and thanks!

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KeyT,
I'm 6'2" and 175 lbs and I ski the 177cm 2009 Mantras. I primarily ride in Washington so heavier snow is the norm for me. I get plenty of float on my Mantras on all but the deepest of days. For example, today there was about 2 feet in new relatively heavy snow and I had some problems floating on less steep terrain, however powder days like this are pretty rare unfortunately! The 177 is a great balance of agility and speed. However, If I was going to buy another pair of Mantras I might shoot for 184 because of the extra float from the length and the increased stability at speed. As many of the other reviewers have said, the Mantra is a great one-quiver ski that excels on groomers, bumps, chopped up pow, and the untracked deep stuff. Only in very deep and heavy snow do I wish I had more than 96 mm under foot.

Bottom line: you should demo the Mantras and find which size is right for you.

demoed these puppies last year at...

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demoed these puppies last year at snowmass,,,,loved them ...bought a pair in the off season...2009-10 model...anyone out there noticing that the finish on the ski is " yellowing" or fading to a 'gold" color....i'm just wondering if anyone else is having that happening

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Yes, mine skied well, but one ski has turned yellowish/green after only 4 days of use. I'm doing a warranty return.

Sounds like the right ski but struggling...

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Sounds like the right ski but struggling w/ length. Am 5'8", 155 lbs, level 8+ Any feedback would be appreciated.

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I'm 5'11"/170lbs/level3/100%blacks and I'm buying 177s. I recently worked w an instructor who is 6'3"/210lbs who was on 184s and suggested the 177s for me.

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Sounds similar to my gf, who's happy on the 170's, but it wouldn't be crazy to get the 177's either.

what are other skis that compete in the...

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what are other skis that compete in the same class as the mantra's from company's such as k2/atomic etc...and for these skis that appear to best used on east and west coast resorts in variable conditions, what is the best binding option? thnx folks!!

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Check out the Salomon Sentinels. Very similar dimensions with a slight tip rocker for extra floatation in powder. I personally don't think too much about bindings. But that being said, I have the marker griffons and I see a lot of other people with the griffon + mantra combo.

5 5

Best Skis Ever

These are the best skis I have ever had. They are great on groomed runs and powder. I have them mounted with Marker Barrons 1.5cm forward of boot center. I have not toured with them but great ski for the resort.

4 5

MANTRA 184'S

Hey! This ski (184) works (3yrs and counting) for my (57yrs/5'10"/230lbs) style (Tele/G-mont Energy/BD01) of skiing....Fast, Hammer, Finesse, Crude Tamer, Steeps, Soft Mogul Bashing, Trees, Side-country and Short back-country stints. Last Sunday's cement corduroy turned corn (favorite) to crude (still a favorite) and the Mantra manages it all. The week before it was lake effect snow with 4-6 inches of skiing Mantra bliss. East Coast variable/questionable conditions tamed by Mantras. Tele heel/toe a plus, as well. Don't pay attention to these skis and you'll get dumped or sent into the woods. Mantra's respond to power and finesse. Give 'em the input and enjoy. Week quads and a poor core need not apply, As one reviewer said....I'm ready for my next pair and yeah the new graphics are cool. Made in Germany....a plus. My quiver is varied 80-130 underfoot. Just really enjoy these Mantra's. Cheers!

I love this ski and have for a number of...

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I love this ski and have for a number of years, I use them for everything but touring and big powder days (Kuro’s). But due to very restrictive baggage limits am thinking of getting 1 ski for everything that I can travel with, as I cannot always take 2 or 3 pairs on the plane. So I want a ski that has rocker for powder, but still close to the mantra the rest of the time. I have skied on the new Gotama and I liked them, but was a little put of by the weight (maybe that was due to the demo bindings?), I have also skied the new and old seths, but they are a little to on the powder/soft end for my all-around needs. So am looking for some options for a 95 to 110 ish ski, that carves well and has rocker, any thoughts? Thanks!

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Dynastar 6th Sense Slicer

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Next year's model has a 2mm wider waist and early rise for a little more pow performance, so I'm waiting for next season to get my pair. I saw next year's model at my local ski shop, and they are EPIC!

I am in the market for a new pair and was...

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I am in the market for a new pair and was hoping you could compare these to both the Mantra, Katana and the Gotama. Also, although I am 6'4" 185lbs, I demoed 177 Mantras and loved them as a prefer a nimble ski, but are they too short for me? I ski in the PNW, Vail, Snowmass, mostly. Thanks!

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nausetiggy,

First off I would ask what kind of skiing you like to do. Mantras are the most all-mountain friendly of the 3 you listed. From what I have read, the Katanas are like the mantras stiffness wise, but fatter and more of a pow-specific ski. They also have a tip and tail rocker to help with float. The Gotama is in between in terms of width and also has a tip rocker to help with pow float. In summary, from least to most pow specific: Mantra - Gotama - Katana.

How you determine ski length depends on your style. I am 6'2" 175 lbs and I ride a pair of 177 mantras. Like you, I like the agility of the shorter ski, but for pow days and general all mountain charging would like to have a little more length. The Mantras are a very fun ski and do very well in everything except the deepest of pow.

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I've owned and skied the Mantra 177cm, Gotama 186cm and Katana 190cm, all with telemark bindings. The Katana is significantly softer than the Mantra, and the Gotama is softest of the three. The rocker of the Katanas makes them quite nimble. The actual length of the 190cm Katana and 186cm Gotamas are nearly identical. If I could only choose one of the three, I would go with the Katana without hesitation. It is a fantastic ski. I love the Mantra, too, but it is really too stiff for me to ski tele. Hope this helps.

I've got a pair of 191 mantras and this...

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I've got a pair of 191 mantras and this is their fourth season. I skied them last weekend but noticed that they seem not to have a natural bend anymore (think the word I'm looking for is camber). When i put thebskis together the edges touch all thenway from the riser to the tail without a natural gap around the waist near the bindings. They skied ok and there is still flex but felt a little sluggish. Are they just old? Is it normal to lose that natural bend? I stored them over the summer in my back room with a an elesticated bungee around the waist just above the bindings. I'm wondering whether that could have caused the problem. Any ideas anyone? Thanks
Ps - love the mantra. Awesome ski.

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It's not unheard of for skis to lose there camber after 100 or so days of use. Also the mantra has a significant amount of metal in it so it's possible for that ski to bend. I would be surprised if your bungee caused the problem although it might be a good Idea to store your skis in way that allows them to have there natural camber. Maybe it's time to start looking for a new pair.

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Thanks Andrew, I hoped I would have this rig for longer. I've skied around 80 days on them so far I guess. James

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