Phil Santalawrote a review of Volkl Mantra Ski on September 18, 2012
German engineering at it's finest people. Let me tell you a story, the story of how I skied over 300 days on a pair of skis, compressed one edge put at least 30 core shorts in both skis, blew off 2 edges in the worst season the Wasatch has seen in some time, skied ALL of the camber right off these, and still consider them my go-to skis!
300 days, yup that's about right, call it 280 just to be sure. Ice, powder, crud, bumps, crust, grapple. These are my go-to skis. 95% of the time these work 100%! The other 5%, well days of 18+inches these skis, mounted with dukes are just too weighty and not wide enough so they nose down. O thats right, did I mention I've toured in these things as well. Yeah, they are heavy, but kinda like Frankenstein running a marathon, it can be done...
The heavy, damp ski stil rides like a champ, even with out much of it's camber. The compressed edge would have been a blown edge in most other skis (i've done it one Fischers, not much fun). And the blown edges your ask, would have leveled me and the ski on anything else, as it was on these Panzer tanks, I skied the run out. The Core shorts are all over the skis and lots of them pull right too the edge and are BIG. I'm talking 1/4 inch gashes that ride deep and out the edge of the ski going down thru the metal thru all the p-tex and plastic graffix but leaving the edges fine..Jumpin' Joseph Smith, now that's s sidewall!
I've skied these things on ice groomers, they bite great into them, that's what you get with a heavy ski with wood and metal through out.
I've hammered these bad boys, rode them over more rocks than I can count (early season at J-hole, the 2011-2012 season in the Wasatch, and any season at Big Sky, MT). I'm 172lbs, 5'11" and I ride on the 184's. Marker Duke bindings and Agent AT/Dynafit Zzues boots.