2022 Volkl M6 Mantra Skis
Volkl M6 Mantra Skis
The Volkl Mantra M6 continues to improve upon a legend. For advanced and expert level skiers who are looking for that one-ski quiver to handle the whole mountain at high speeds and with an aggressive nature, the Volkl M6 Mantra is here to fit your all-mountain needs. There are some nice updates from the M5 to the M6, and the big story is the addition of the 3D Radius Sidecut. By altering the turn radius through the ski, it allows the skier to make differently shaped turns depending on terrain and snow conditions, offering a customized feel to the arc of the ski. Found in most other Volkl skis these days, the 3D Radius is now a stable, and makes turning the ski easier and more predictable. Keeping with the customized feel, Volkl is also tailoring the amount of metal and carbon in the ski based on the lengths, making the ski feel totally in tune and better suited to different lengths. The longer the ski, the more the metal in the titanal frame. This philosophy follows suit with the tailored carbon tip. By weaving carbon stringers in different ways, they're able to keep the tip of the longer ski stiffer and more responsive, so that it makes larger skiers feel more at home, capable of initiating turns with ease. All of these tailored aspects of the ski add up to a wonderful update on an already very accomplished ski. Fans of the Mantra will find new love with the M6.
- Sidecut: 135/96/119
- Turn Radius: 30/17/24 meters at 177 cm Length
- Multi-Layer Wood Core
- Tailored Titanal Frame
- Tailored Carbon Tip
- 3D Radius Sidecut
- Tip and Tail Rocker
- Ability Level: Expert Skiers
All-Mountain • Groomers • Powder
At your stats and terrain preferences, I would feel comfortable recommending the shorter 163 length based on the skis build. With a Titanal frame and multi- layer wood core, these skis are incredibly damp and stable at speed. What makes them stand out from the rest is their unique ability to do any turn shape at any speed, making is so versatile. The shorter length will give you more maneuverability in trees and tight sports and less swing weight for rapid fire turns. But even at the smaller size, it still has the heft to be stable at high speeds. I'm 5'9 and 165 and ski the 170 length. Normally I am on a 177 length.
Have fun and enjoy! An SE tester favorite!
Thanks for your inquiry-
All very good choices for a one ski quiver. Out of all three, based on your age height, weight, ability and where you ski, we would give the slight edge to the Blizzard Rustler 10. A bit more forgiving that the rest, (has only a partial metal laminate) but still an extremely versatile ski that can give you all of the carving power that you need for groomers and hard pack as well as ski bumps, chopped up snow and powder with equal aplomb. Does not have the overbearing stiffness and won't punish you as much when you are not on your "A" game. The M6 would be our second recommendation. 176-179 cm length range depending on the ski.
Hope this helps!
The M6 is quite a bit more stable and damp and quiet than the V.Werks, especially on harder snow. On softer stuff, the shape of the V.Werks is a bit more floaty, but the feel and performance of the M6 is a lot more precise and race-like. Better for short turns thanks to the 3D Radius Sidecut. Have fun!
While I wouldn't exactly call the M6 an intermediate ski, if you prefer stable and precise skis, it's a good one for sure! Within that same width and shape range, something like the Head Kore 93 or Elan Ripstick 96 makes more sense in lining up with your ability. They're a bit lighter, but still have a high performance ceiling and excellent grip and poise. I'd look to the 170ish in any of these skis.
Most of the time I ski at the bumps and non groomed terrain.
Now I own rtm84 172 but I feel them difficult at bumps. I would prefer enforcer 94 172 but they are not available at my region.
I expect mantra m6 to be softer so struggled between 170 and 177.
At your height and weight and terrain preferences, no question go with the 170 cm length. More than enough ski for you and the shorter length will allow you to make quicker, tighter turn in the bumps, trees and ungroomed terrain.
It's a toss-up. Both great skis and SE tester favorites. We give the slight edge to the Enforcer. More playful and easier to ski. Can rail on hardpack like the M6, but can do any turn shape at any speed in any condition. At your height and weight, 191cm all the way.
We look forward to your order!
I am 6'2" - 210 lbs, advanced skier who skis mostly in Colorado - Vail/Beaver Creek - groomed and back bowls.
The metal laminates and the more cambered profile certainly make the M6 a more precise, stable, and grippy carver, but it comes at the cost of weight and stiffness, which the Ripstick Black does not have. For its weight and flex, the Elan has a very similar and exceptional performance level versus the Mantra, and is a better floater in powder as well. If you value edge grip and carving ability, and don't mind a heavier ski, the Mantra is a good choice, but if you're looking for something smooth and stable and damp without metal, it doesn't get much better than the Ripstick 96 Black. Have fun!
I’m pretty suited for the 184 on paper, but at times I’ve preferred to size my all mountain skis down to keep them a bit more playful.
Do you think with the new 3D radius and variable titanal construction that the M6s would be a better fit at 184? I worry that the 177 would lose some power, especially with less titanal in the frame.
I would go with the 184, especially if you are aggressive and fast. The 177 will feel too turny, I fear. Have fun!
I think 170 is the way to go over 177, but not by a whole lot. The skis are naturally stable, so there's no real need to upsize. You will get a ton of performance and power out of the 170 without feeling like you're fighting the longer ski. That said, it's all about preference so it you know that you like the longer of the two options, I do not think 177 is going to be too long, except for really tight trees and bumps. Have fun!
A few days ago I tested the Mantra M5 and I really loved it, so I'm planning to buy the M6 and based on your review, I expect to love it even more :-)
My question concerns whether I should get the M6 in length 177 or length 184. I tested the M5 in length 177 and found it an OK length for me but could also imagine that length 184 would also work well for me. My thinking is that the 184 would float a bit better on powder. I'm an advanced skier, 6', 176lbs. I love carving fast on groomers, but also enjoy going off-piste and ski moguls and trees, especially on a powder day. My home mountain is Taos, so I like it steep and challenging ;-)
The 184 will offer greater stability at speed and more flotation than the 177. If you're okay with putting a bit of extra work in when the terrain gets challenging, you'll certainly benefit from an increase of performance.
I suppose it's worth mentioning that I ski about 20 days a year, mostly NY/VT/NH with the occasional trip out west. I'm an aging (42), advanced skier. I'm 5'10, 175lbs
While I'm at it, let me ask: if I were to add a Nordica Enforcer (94) to my collection, which length would you suggest (given the rocker)?
The Pivot's main attraction is a shorter mounting point allowing the ski to flex more naturally. The 15 has a one-piece toe housing while the 14 has multiple pieces. Most skiers won't tell the difference, but the snobs will tell you the 15/18 is the only way to go. 95 mm brake works great on Mantra. The rocker of the Enforcer doesn't really affect the length, I'd go with the 172 in that ski. Have fun!
Yes lots of choices, but keep in mind that most of them are awesome, and all of them are at least good. The Elan sits right in the midle of the Mantra and the Escaper, and is one of our best experiences on a ski over the past two years. The M6 is amazing, and is better on groomers than the Ripstick or Escaper, delivering power and precision. Depending on how strong a ski you want, I'd go between M6 and Ripstick, 184 in Mantra and 188 in Elan. Have fun!
Do not ski along the trees or on powder but would love to take a 7 day trip out west in the upcoming season.
The M6 is going to be a great fit for you in this case. This ski is hyper versatile and performers admirably in all conditions. The M6 has a Titanal frame and uses Volkls 3D ridge Construction so you end up with a ski that's happy laying down trenches on groomers and hardpack, but also jumping and prancing through mogul fields, trees, and powder.
M6 all the way! So versatile and can ski any condition (except the deepest of powder) at any speed with any turn shape. A great one ski quiver for both East and West. An SE Tester favorite and one of our go to daily drivers here for Stowe, VT.
I normally ski a week a year our west. Powder is hit or miss, but when we get it, I love it. I ski steep blue groomers, smaller bumps, and occassionally will also venture down diamond and even double diamond (I.e. Liberty bowl, Marx, Lenox off the summit of lone peak).
Even though I can handle this varied terrain, I would not consider myself to be an "aggressive " skier. 6'2, 200lbs, 55 yrs old.
Mantra M6? Head 99? or what else? Thank in advance.
We would highly recommend the M6. An SE Tester favorite, The M6 really has no weakness except for the deepest pow days. Any turn shape, at any speed, any terrain. Its so dam versatile and does everything quite well. Carve, float, blast crud, trees, steeps. bumps and everything in between. At your stats, go for the 184cm length.
Probably the 184 given your proclivity for speed. I am a bit taller than you and found the 177 to feel on the short side. Have fun!