The Mantra just won’t stop being awesome. This perennial tester favorite is one of the benchmarks among the group of all-mountain skis that tend toward the carving end of the arc-smear spectrum. Perhaps because carve-oriented skis have generally become looser-feeling in the past two years, the Mantra feels even knifier by comparison, but not in a negative way—it just happens to be aimed at that all-mountain resort skier who appreciates an edgy ride. “Ol’ reliable.”
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.