Völkl Mantra (2007)

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Rating: / 5
Price: $795.00
Year: 2007
Level: 3
Gender: Male
Waist Width:
Tip/Tail/Waist: 130/94/113
Lengths: 170, 177, 184, 191

Stability at speed: 3.65 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.39 / 5
Crud performance: 3.48 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.65 / 5

The Mantra is the one-ski quiver of the Big-Mountain Expert category. Enough width to stay afloat in all but the deepest blower, and with a GS-race sidecut for groomer bliss. gripes: Some male testers wanted more high-speed stability. props: Led the pack in maneuverability and turn-execution scores. Goes where you want—no body English required. tester’s take: "If you don’t like the Mantras, it’s probably because you haven’t tried them." —Zach Crist