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Völkl Mantra (2014)

Mantra

Völkl

2014

Official Selection

rating3.18

price$825

Ratings
Stability At Speed: 
4.08 / 5
Maneuverability: 
3.20 / 5
Hard Snow Performance: 
4.06 / 5
Crud Performance: 
3.16 / 5
Forgiveness: 
2.52 / 5
Energy/Liveliness: 
2.69 / 5
Flotation: 
2.56 / 5
Versatility: 
2.97 / 5
Overall: 
3.18 / 5

YEAR2013/2014

WAIST WIDTH118mm

TIP/TAIL/WAIST132-98-118

LEVELExpert

LENGTHS170, 177, 184, 191

MSRP: $825.00
RATING: 3.18 / 5

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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.”

Skiing's Notes:
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.