Völkl Mantra (2011)

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Volkl Mantra

Rating: / 5
Price: $825.00
Year: 2011
Level: 2
Gender: Male
Waist Width:
Tip/Tail/Waist: 133/96/116
Lengths: 170, 177, 184, 191

Stability at speed: 4.51 / 5
Hard snow performance: 4.00 / 5
Crud performance: 3.99 / 5
Flotation: 3.50 / 5
Forgiveness: 2.66 / 5

There’s something to be said for the ageless technology of a race-bred, sandwich-construction ski: It works. That’s why Völkl hasn’t messed with the recipe­­—GS sidecut and a wide, do-it-all platform—that has made the Mantra an object of reverence among technically strong classicists. It’s the ideal ski for East Coast expats or any skier with a fetish for rebound energy, because it has the familiar clean-carving feel of a hard-snow tool. The 96-millimeter platform floats crud and powder, and the camber provides unmatched feedback.