JJwrote a review of Volkl Mantra Ski on January 16, 2013
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
So I just got back from Whistler and got to demo the Mantras for a couple of days. I was super excited to get out and ride on these since all of the reviews were of high praise. Unfortunately, I did not enjoy these skis for the following reasons:
-Not very playful
-Requires a lot of effort in terms of edge to edge transitioning
Based on the variety of trails I skied on (Greens, Blues, Black - Groomers to Moguls to Cruddy powder) I noticed that this ski performs really well on groomers. The Mantras are a very fast ski that carves well with great grip (If I had to compare these to a vehicle it would be like a tank with racing tires haha). To be truthfully honest, I couldn't help thinking the entire time that this ski is most suitable for the heavier set individual who just likes to "Sunday Ski" down the groomers. I also felt like I was not nearly heavy enough for this ski since it requires a ton of effort to carve (I am 6'2" - 195lbs).
I hate to be the black sheep of the reviewers, but this is my honest opinion. I hope this was insightful and helpful!