Völkl Mantra (2014)

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Rating: 3.18 / 5
Price: $825.00
Year: 2014
Level: 4
Gender: Male
Waist Width: 118
Tip/Tail/Waist: 132-98-118
Lengths: 170, 177, 184, 191

Stability at speed: 4.08 / 5
Hard snow performance: 4.06 / 5
Crud performance: 3.16 / 5
Flotation: 2.56 / 5
Forgiveness: 2.52 / 5
Overall: 3.18 / 5

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.