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Ski of the Week: Volkl Mantra

Ski of the Week: Volkl Mantra
Volkl Mantra- Ski of the Week
The Mantra has been a mainstay in Volkl's freeskiing line. It's quick and snappy on hard snow, but wide enough for a powder day. Here's what the testers thought.

At 96 mm, the Mantra was second-fattest in the category. That put it at a disadvantage in terms of quickness and all-mountain versatility, but it will rock those powder days. It’s a traditional-camber, wood-core, laminate construction— built for racy edge-grip that belies its girth; demanding, but also rewarding. It was No. 3 in Flotation, yet still in the middle of the pack for Hard-Snow Grip. It loves long arcs and high speeds, erring on the side of power over finesse. Among all the rockered skis, it feels especially long and burly, which skilled traditionalists will love.

Gear of the Week: Rossignol S86 Freeride

Gear of the Week: Rossignol S86 Freeride
Rossignol S86 (2011)
Rossignol had a great test this year, and here’s the poster child of the Rooster’s fully fledged return to relevance.

Rossignol had a great test this year, and here’s the poster child of the Rooster’s fully fledged return to relevance. The S86 is an accomplished generalist. Sidecut and traditional camber underfoot combined with a wood-core, metal-reinforced construction make it surefooted on hard snow. But rocker and reverse camber tip-and-tail make it fun and easy in powder, crud, even bumps. It pivots, skids, smears, carves—whatever is asked of it—making it a great choice for anything but the deepest powder or hardest ice.

PRICE (MSRP): $800.00
Product Specifications | How We Test
Year2010/2011
LevelIntermediate, Advanced, Expert
MSRP$800.00
GenderFemale
Lengths172
Tip/Waist/Tail142/115/139
Rating: Powder Performance4.22 / 5
Rating: Stability at Speed2.88 / 5
Rating: Long Turns3.33 / 5
Rating: Medium Turns3.33 / 5
Rating: Short Turns3.33 / 5
Rating: Maneuverability3.33 / 5
Rating: Hard Snow Grip2.64 / 5
Rating: Crud Performance3.54 / 5
Rating: Corduroy Performance2.64 / 5
Rating: Moguls Performance3.58 / 5
Rating: Forgiveness3.58 / 5
Rating: Quickness/Bumps3.58 / 5

PRICE (MSRP): $899.00
Product Specifications | How We Test
Year2010/2011
LevelAdvanced, Expert
MSRP$899.00
GenderFemale
Lengths169
Tip/Waist/Tail135/98/125
Rating: Powder Performance3.29 / 5
Rating: Stability at Speed3.84 / 5
Rating: Long Turns3.35 / 5
Rating: Medium Turns3.35 / 5
Rating: Short Turns3.35 / 5
Rating: Maneuverability3.35 / 5
Rating: Hard Snow Grip3.40 / 5
Rating: Crud Performance3.61 / 5
Rating: Corduroy Performance3.40 / 5
Rating: Moguls Performance3.22 / 5
Rating: Forgiveness2.91 / 5
Rating: Quickness/Bumps3.22 / 5

PRICE (MSRP): $825.00
Product Specifications | How We Test
Year2010/2011
LevelAdvanced, Expert
MSRP$825.00
GenderFemale
Lengths162
Tip/Waist/Tail137/106/122
Rating: Powder Performance4.14 / 5
Rating: Stability at Speed3.58 / 5
Rating: Long Turns3.42 / 5
Rating: Medium Turns3.42 / 5
Rating: Short Turns3.42 / 5
Rating: Maneuverability3.42 / 5
Rating: Hard Snow Grip2.70 / 5
Rating: Crud Performance3.89 / 5
Rating: Corduroy Performance2.70 / 5
Rating: Moguls Performance3.06 / 5
Rating: Forgiveness3.30 / 5
Rating: Quickness/Bumps3.06 / 5

PRICE (MSRP): $825.00
Product Specifications | How We Test
Year2010/2011
LevelIntermediate, Advanced, Expert
MSRP$825.00
GenderFemale
Lengths160
Tip/Waist/Tail135/102/121
Rating: Powder Performance3.83 / 5
Rating: Stability at Speed3.20 / 5
Rating: Long Turns3.44 / 5
Rating: Medium Turns3.44 / 5
Rating: Short Turns3.44 / 5
Rating: Maneuverability3.44 / 5
Rating: Hard Snow Grip2.74 / 5
Rating: Crud Performance3.12 / 5
Rating: Corduroy Performance2.74 / 5
Rating: Moguls Performance3.57 / 5
Rating: Forgiveness3.98 / 5
Rating: Quickness/Bumps3.57 / 5

PRICE (MSRP): $800.00
Product Specifications | How We Test
Year2010/2011
LevelIntermediate, Advanced, Expert
MSRP$800.00
GenderFemale
Lengths178
Tip/Waist/Tail140/110/118
Rating: Powder Performance4.34 / 5
Rating: Stability at Speed3.59 / 5
Rating: Long Turns3.63 / 5
Rating: Medium Turns3.63 / 5
Rating: Short Turns3.63 / 5
Rating: Maneuverability3.63 / 5
Rating: Hard Snow Grip2.66 / 5
Rating: Crud Performance4.12 / 5
Rating: Corduroy Performance2.66 / 5
Rating: Moguls Performance3.66 / 5
Rating: Forgiveness3.74 / 5
Rating: Quickness/Bumps3.66 / 5

PRICE (MSRP): $800.00
Product Specifications | How We Test
Year2010/2011
LevelAdvanced, Expert
MSRP$800.00
GenderFemale
Lengths184
Tip/Waist/Tail132/92/122
Rating: Powder Performance3.60 / 5
Rating: Stability at Speed4.36 / 5
Rating: Long Turns3.69 / 5
Rating: Medium Turns3.69 / 5
Rating: Short Turns3.69 / 5
Rating: Maneuverability3.69 / 5
Rating: Hard Snow Grip3.68 / 5
Rating: Crud Performance4.20 / 5
Rating: Corduroy Performance3.68 / 5
Rating: Moguls Performance3.34 / 5
Rating: Forgiveness3.05 / 5
Rating: Quickness/Bumps3.34 / 5
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