Volkl Mantra (2014)
Notice all the 98-millimeter waists on your ski shop's wall? It's a category Volkl virtually defined, and the Mantra remains a benchmark, especially prized by strong experts who love its blend of power and versatility. Other skis are more playful, more forgiving of lazy or unskilled technique. And by today's standards, the Mantra doesn't really do the flotation thing. But for chargers who like to stand on a solid edge and bend it, it still satisfies. Hogen: "Realized I was out of breath at the bottom of the run. She makes you work, but it's worth it."
The Mantra ranks as one of Volkl's most successful models ever, in terms of both performance and sales. It helped to define the category of 98-waisted midfat generalists that suit so many discerning skiers so well. Rockered in the tip for soft-snow smoothness and metal-reinforced for high-speed calm, it's game for anything the resort throws at it and makes the most of even marginal conditions. Volkl's Freeskiing All Mountain collection comprises just two models - the Mantra (98 mm wide) and Kendo (89 mm). They're aimed at skilled skiers who spend most of their time skiing lift-served terrain - that is, most skiers. With classic laminate constructions, wood cores, and vertical sidewalls, they'll arc like fat race skis on all but the hardest snow - especially the speed-greedy Kendo. And with tip rocker and ample width, they love powder as much as you do - especially the Mantra.
|Awards||Gold Medal Gear|
|Lengths||170, 177, 184, 191|
|Rating: Stability at Speed||3.94 / 5|
|Rating: Maneuverability||2.92 / 5|
|Rating: Hard Snow Grip||3.73 / 5|
|Rating: Crud Performance||3.19 / 5|
|Rating: Forgiveness||3.02 / 5|
|Rating: Flotation||2.69 / 5|
|Rating: Overall||3.29 / 5|