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    A full rocker ski with the backbone to charge.

    When last year's version of the Mantra emerged from Volkl's top secret ski lab with a powder friendly full rocker profile and the same hard-charging titanium backbone as its predecessors, penny-scraping ski bums everywhere swooned, supplies dried up, and everyone cried for more. Well, Volkl heard your cries and brought them back for another winter of pow-slashing, crud-busting, groomer-bashing fun.

    If you're into powder (is that even a question?) two words should stand out from the first paragraph: Full. Rocker. While the Mantra of yore could be overly aggressive in soft snow and tight trees, the full rocker profile combines with a tapered shape 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, but you'll be able to vary your turn shapes and opening things up when you feel the need for speed and quickly shut them down when things get techy.

    With all this talk of powder performance, don't start to feel like you're sacrificing hardpack performance. 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 profile
    • Power Construction (sandwich)
    • Multi-layer wood core
    • Titanium laminate
    • 100mm waist width
    • Tapered shape
    • Item #VKL002O

    Tech Specs

    Length
    170 cm, 177 cm, 184 cm, 191 cm
    Dimensions
    132 / 100 / 118 mm
    Turn Radius
    [170cm] 21.5 m, [177cm] 23.7 m, [184cm] 25.4 m, [191cm] 27.9 m
    Profile
    full rocker
    Construction
    Power Construction (torsion box with vertical sidewall)
    Core
    multi-layer sensorwood
    Tail
    twintip
    Binding Included
    no
    Recommended Use
    all-mountain, powder
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

    Tech Specs

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    Great All Mountain Ski

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    This was my first all mountain ski and I really like them. While they are a bit chattery through crud, they ride very smooth in velvet and pow. The full rocker helps carve really nice turns as well.

    seriously versatile

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    accidentally deleted my earlier review and could not recover (hey BC how about an "undo" function!)

    Anyway ... I've skied the 184 length extensively this season and i love them. Intentionally sized down a bit on the advice of my expert gearhead Kyle Livingston because I wanted to use these in tighter trees and bumps. I am 6'4" and 255, ride 22Designs Vice with a size 30 BD Push. Its a great setup and I am really amazed at how well these carve, as well as pivot and smear. They have a serious rocker in tip and tail but are not at all squirrely. I am really glad I went this way.

    Previously was on 2014/2015 Blizzard Bona Fides in 187 but found the tails a bit too stiff for tighter situations - I still love that ski too but the Mantras are much easier to turn

    Note to Alex Margulies on length .... I size between 180 and 195 depending on the ski and my use of it. For these I went slightly shorter because I wanted to use them in bumps and trees. (My longest boards are DPS Wailer 112 Carbons in a 192) I think the 191 Mantra would probably ski just as well, but I had a specific use in mind ....

    Darragh - very easy to turn - big sweet spot in spite of the full rocker so they are pretty forgiving when laying them over on edge. Also, while turn radius info is legit and a mathematically sound way to think about "turniness," the fact is that you can make a short radius ski do long radius turns, just as you can make a long radius ski do short turns.

    Bottom line for me is these are easy skis to turn and carve, and equally at home in powder, crud, bumps and trees.

    Get after it!

    Great Western Daily Driver....

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I demoed a pair in Alta 2 weeks ago after 18 inches of fresh snowfall. I was really impressed with the way these handled the fresh snow, crud and underlying hardpack. The full rockered ski was stiff enough to carve nice turns on the underlying hardpack and did an awesome job pivoting and smearing off of soft moguls and blasting through deep tracked out snow. I was also impressed by how fast and nimble they were. These skis liked to go fast and had no problem ripping groomers too. I'm a bigger guy @ 6'0" 200 LBS Advanced level, not expert and the 184 was the perfect size and flex pattern for me. I demoed several skis those two days including the Bonafide, Soul 7, 100Eight and these were my favorites for the good conditions I encountered in Utah. I ended up purchasing a pair for myself..

    The only real downside is that it doesn't perform great in icy or really firm conditions - it is a fully rockered ski. As long as you have at least an inch or two of snow underneath you, the ski is easy to engage and you can churn out some really nice buttery medium and long radius turns. Not really an East Coast or Midwest ski since it would just simply overpower the hill or mountain. For conditions in my native midwest, I bust out my Rossi 88's.. But for trips out West, I pack these.

    Fantastic ski.

    Love 'em

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    *update #2*

    Still loving theses skis. I have skied them on ice at whistler, powder at steven's pass, and early season groomers at Baker. These skis dominate on both hard and soft groomers, and can handle off-piste skiing to a degree. The full rocker makes turn initiation a breeze and allows you to engage your edges very quickly for such a wide ski. The sheets of metal make for absolutely 0 tip flap, very appreciated at high speeds—time for lift off!

    Where these skis struggle is deep pow and in tight trees. While I love the metal on the hard pack, in powder it is a liability unless you are skiing mach schnell. Being on the lighter side I struggle to bend them in anything beyond 4-6 inches. I haven't hit any wide open bowls where I could actually get some serious speed in pow, but that day may come if am lucky. If you are looking for a ski that is better in the trees and pow and is easy to flex, consider the Rossi Soul 7. Its extra width and lack of metal make it a real strong performer in the trees and powder.


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    Just got my first powder day in with this. While not a pure powder ski, the tip some how floats. The ski is nice and stiff while the rocker makes turn initiation a peace of cake. On polished groomers it is almost too easy€—like being on autopilot. Overall the Mantra's are a great all mountain ski. I will be looking to complement it with a solid pow ski, but for 90% of ski days you don't have to look any further than the Mantra.

    Bindings: Look Pivot 14

    Boots: Lange XT 120 intuition power wrap liner

    5' 10ish and 150 lbs and I ski the 177

    Skied 17 days: Snowbasin, Mt. Baker, Whistler, Stevens Pass, Alta, and Snowbird

    I am 6'4" 195# age 72 former masters alpine ski racer looking for a good board for groomers/ice/hardpack to complement my Soul 7 powder rig which is 188. Would you suggest 184 or 191 and why?

    Best Answer

    I demoed the 177 ski in March. They felt as stable as my longer 186 CM Cochise, and a lot lighter unless I went really fast. Great ski carved really well. For the East go with the 177, out West maybe the 184. I weigh the same, 6'2". Mine were mounted tele. I had the earlier 2012 Mantras, (184) and I think the new full rocker Mantra is easier to ski.

    I demoed the 177 ski in March. They felt as stable as my longer 186 CM Cochise, and a lot lighter unless I went really fast. Great ski carved really well. For the East go with the 177, out West maybe the 184. I weigh the same, 6'2". Mine were mounted tele. I had the earlier 2012 Mantras,  (184) and I think the new full rocker Mantra is easier to ski.

    looking at the V. Mantra....am 5'11 and 220lbs, intermediate skier...put working toward advanced....do you recommend 177 or 184s....thanks

    Hey Robert,

    Either one will work for you. The 177cm will be a more agile ski and the 184cm will be more stable at speeds. I'd think about how you like to ski. Do you like to make frequent turns? Do you like to straightline runs?

    Feel free to contact me directly if you have any more questions.

    Ben

    I'm 5' 9" tall and weigh about 160. Should I go with the 170 or 177?