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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.

Pandora

Line

2011

price$800

Ratings
Stability At Speed: 
2.88 / 5
Hard Snow Performance: 
2.64 / 5
Crud Performance: 
3.54 / 5
Forgiveness: 
3.58 / 5
Quickness: 
3.58 / 5
Average Score: 
3.33 / 5

YEAR2010/2011

WAIST WIDTHmm

TIP/TAIL/WAIST142/115/139

LEVELIntermediate

LENGTHS172

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Nemesis

Nordica

2011

price$899

Ratings
Stability At Speed: 
3.84 / 5
Hard Snow Performance: 
3.40 / 5
Crud Performance: 
3.61 / 5
Forgiveness: 
2.91 / 5
Quickness: 
3.22 / 5
Average Score: 
3.35 / 5

YEAR2010/2011

WAIST WIDTHmm

TIP/TAIL/WAIST135/98/125

LEVELAdvanced

LENGTHS169

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Kiku

Volkl

2011

price$825

Ratings
Stability At Speed: 
3.58 / 5
Hard Snow Performance: 
2.70 / 5
Crud Performance: 
3.89 / 5
Forgiveness: 
3.30 / 5
Quickness: 
3.06 / 5
Average Score: 
3.42 / 5

YEAR2010/2011

TIP/TAIL/WAIST137/106/122

LEVELAdvanced

LENGTHS162

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K2

2011

price$825

Ratings
Stability At Speed: 
3.20 / 5
Hard Snow Performance: 
2.74 / 5
Crud Performance: 
3.12 / 5
Forgiveness: 
3.98 / 5
Quickness: 
3.57 / 5
Average Score: 
3.44 / 5

YEAR2010/2011

TIP/TAIL/WAIST135/102/121

LEVELIntermediate

LENGTHS160

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S110W

Rossignol

2011

price$800

Ratings
Stability At Speed: 
3.59 / 5
Hard Snow Performance: 
2.66 / 5
Crud Performance: 
4.12 / 5
Forgiveness: 
3.74 / 5
Quickness: 
3.66 / 5
Average Score: 
3.63 / 5

YEAR2010/2011

TIP/TAIL/WAIST140/110/118

LEVELIntermediate

LENGTHS178

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