2018 Volkl Mantra Skis
The 2018 Volkl Mantra gets a cosmetic facelift, but not much else has changed. It's still the same amazing, do it all product that has been a best seller for years. For expert skiers, east or west, the Volkl Mantra is a staple in the ski industry because of its rocker, shape, and construction. In soft or fresh snow, the full rocker found on the Mantra makes the ski feel wider and floatier than the numbers may suggest. It also makes the ski feel more maneuverable and nimble. You rarely, if ever, get locked into a turn any longer than you feel like you should-it's an effortless transition from one turn to the next. Also, due to the stiffness of the ski, the rocker shape gives the impression that the ski is softer than it actually is. At 100mm underfoot, the Mantra shoots for a nice round number that seems to suit a lot of different skiers and conditions. The resulting 23.7 meter turn radius at 177cm length is on the longer side for comparable skis, but all that really means is that you can go straighter and faster. The shape of the Mantra has evolved over the years, and for a go anywhere, do anything ski, it really doesn't get much better than this. The slightly turned up tail releases from turns easily if you want it to, but the more you press into the turn, the more rebound and energy you'll get in return. It can feel like a race ski or a powder ski all in the same run.
- Turn Radius: 23.7 m at 177 cm
- Sidecut: 132/100/118 mm at 184 cm
- Core: Wood with dual metal laminate
- Full rocker shape
- Skill: Advanced to Pro Skiers
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