2022 Volkl M6 Mantra Skis

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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

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Preferred Terrain
 All-Mountain •  Groomers •  Powder 


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How does the 2022 Mantra M6 compare to the Enforcer 94 as far as a do it all Vermont ski from hard pack groomers to powder in the glades?
Question by: Wayne Longe on Feb 6, 2021, 5:55 PM
Overall both skis will do a great job being a fun east coast all mountain charger. The enforcer will feel a bit more playful in the bumps and crud well the M6 will grab an edge quicker and lock you into a deep / fun turn.
Answer by: Josh Wolfgang on Feb 6, 2021, 8:39 PM
I'm shopping between the M5 and M6 and just watched your review of the M6 on youtube (excellent video btw). At 5'9" and 170 lbs, I'm sized at the 170. I'm an advanced, but not expert, level skier. Often skiing slower with my kids, but also like hard charging down the mountain when on my own. Would you recommend the 170 size or size up to 177? I ski the east (Sunday River, Loon, Shawnee peak, etc.)
Question by: Robert Winston on Apr 12, 2021, 11:20 AM
Hi Robert. The rule of thumb when choosing the right ski length is that it should extend somewhere between your chin and the top of your head. I would stick with the length you are used to, the 170, it will be more fun when you ski with the kids (since they tend to go in the woods and bumps) but you will still have stability at speeds with the Mantra construction. Hope this helps, SE
Answer by: Alli R on Apr 12, 2021, 1:36 PM
Hi Guys- have to say I love your review videos- you do an excellent job. I am overdue for a new pair of skis. I currently have my old K2 Aftershocks that have treated me well. Looking at your reviews- I am leaning towards the Volkl m6 or Kendo, but the Blizzard Rustler 9's have me intrigued. I'm 5'7", 175 advanced-expert and typically ski Killington- Okemo with a trip out west to Utah when I can. Would appreciate your thoughts. Thanks again for the great reviews.
Question by: Mike on Feb 2, 2022, 12:02 PM
The M6 and Rustler 9 are in the same category and have tremendous all-mountain versatility for both East and West coasts. The M6 is a bit more approachable and can be skied at any speed and make any turn shape. The Rustler is stiffer and has more heft to it and can also make a variety of turn shapes but needs to be pushed more to respond. More easy going, or hard charging.. It depends on how you like to ski.

Answer by: Dave Hatoff on Feb 2, 2022, 12:06 PM
Your reviews and videos are excellent, thank you. I’m 5 foot 7, 135 - 140 lb in ski season, and think the M6 mantra at 170 or 163 might be the ski for me. I’m a strong technical carve skier who likes to start early in the AM, but also dabble in powder and trees when available. West coast. I currently use the old Rossi B3 (from 2006 or 7), 176 cm with a tuned edges, as a carver: great on groomers and holds the carve well at speed (considered damp/heavy), more versatile than my Solomon race-stock skis that I learned to ski on. Happy to go a bit shorter, I’m strong and athletic but in my mid fifties now (female). Trying to decide between 170 and 163; short is great so long as the ski will hold well when I feel like pushing it and won’t get squirrely underfoot. I will probably tune the edges (eg. 2 degrees) for better carving when it is icy out. Thank you.
Question by: Victoria on Jan 27, 2022, 12:52 PM
Hi Victoria,

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!

Answer by: Dave Hatoff on Jan 27, 2022, 1:51 PM
I am 59 expert skier (5'11" 200lbs) and make a pilgrimage to Jackson Hole every year where I spend most my time off piste from Sublette and Thunder . I have been renting and enjoyed skiing the Mantra 177. Was looking at purchasing M6 but then saw the Enforcer 100 and Rustler 10. Also going to Aspen and Killington this year so looking for that one ski that will take me the next 4-5 years. As I get older also considering how much I have to work a ski and something that was fun and suitable a couple years ago when I was younger and stronger, just takes to much work as I get older. Do you have recommendation?
Question by: Ray on Nov 28, 2021, 6:44 PM
Hello ray,

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!

Answer by: Dave Hatoff on Nov 29, 2021, 9:47 AM
How do the M6 compare to the Mantra V.Werks at speed and on shorter turns?
Question by: Julian Sahaydak on Feb 19, 2021, 6:18 PM
HI Julian!
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!
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Mar 3, 2021, 9:19 AM
I'm 61 years, 5'8.5, and 160-165lbs. I'm an intermediate skier and get about 5 ski days per year. Prefer to fly down the blues and occasionally try the steeper groomed blacks. Would like to get in the powder when possible, but timing rarely works out. I'm currently skiing K2 Apache 165mm that are about 15 years old and am ready to modernize. Would the M6 be good for me? If so, 163 or 170?
Question by: Mark Castaldo on Mar 3, 2022, 5:33 PM
HI Mark!
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.
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Mar 4, 2022, 11:21 AM
Hi! I’m advanced skier : 5’8.5” and 157lbs. Which mantra m6 size better fits for me 170 or 177?
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.
Question by: Andriy on Dec 19, 2021, 4:10 AM
Hi Andriy,

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.

Answer by: Dave Hatoff on Dec 20, 2021, 1:21 PM
Considering the M6 or the Enforcer 100. 6’1” 250 lb 41 ye old advanced skier. I prefer charging down steep groomers and big bowls but also getting in the trees when the opportunity is there. Live in PA so a lot of typical hard conditions here (WV/NY) but also want something fun on our trip or two out west every year. Was thinking 191 based on my weight and the extra stability at speed and float. Had some say I should stay at 184/186 being less than an expert. I really enjoy all your videos and appreciate any advice you have. Thanks!
Question by: Dusty Thompson on Dec 16, 2021, 10:41 PM
Hi Dusty,

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.

Answer by: Dave Hatoff on Dec 17, 2021, 9:59 AM
I’m 6’2” 205 lbs, advanced to expert skier, I like to glide on the trails and still be able to carve aggressively. I also like to hit the bumps occasionally. I ski Attitash and Wildcat in NH so the terrain can be steep and icy at times. Would you recommend the Volkl Mantra M6 for me and if so 184 length? How about pole length? Thanks and sorry for all the questions.
Question by: Derek Wolkowicz on Aug 11, 2021, 2:14 PM
Thanks for your inquiry. We appreciate your business! Yes, the Mantra M6 skis in the 184cm length is a great option for you based on the information provided. After looking at our ski sizing suggestion chart at the bottom of our website, the 184cm length should be right on for your height and ability. The skis include Volkl's new proprietary construction & technologies that give the M6 skis an exceptionally versatile all-mountain performance. The new M6 skis include Volkl's Tailored Titanal Frame design to provide the benefits of metal for torsional stiffness, power and edge grip while maintaining a light weight feel with forgiveness. The 3D Turn Radius allows you to make a wide variety of turn shapes effortlessly including 3 different turn radii through the construction. I don't think you will be disappointed with the performance! As far as the poles, for you at 6'2" you should go for a 52" pole.
We look forward to your order!
Answer by: Mike Aidala on Aug 11, 2021, 4:35 PM
How does this compare to the Elan Ripstick black edition 96?

I am 6'2" - 210 lbs, advanced skier who skis mostly in Colorado - Vail/Beaver Creek - groomed and back bowls.
Question by: Patrick Fitzgerald on Apr 14, 2021, 8:54 PM
HI Patrick!
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!
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Apr 15, 2021, 7:11 AM
I’m 6’, aggressive skier at speed, about 170lbs now but working it down. :-)

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.
Question by: Scott on Mar 5, 2021, 4:16 PM
HI Scott!
I would go with the 184, especially if you are aggressive and fast. The 177 will feel too turny, I fear. Have fun!
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Mar 8, 2021, 10:36 AM

I am an intermediate/advanced skier from Argentina, 177 cm tall and 85 kgs weight (abt 187 lbs).
I usually ski 1 week per year, on-piste at any level and often go off-piste to get some powder or deeper snow.

I hear that this Mantra M6 are one of the best All-Mountain skis available, but I am not sure if they fit me and my level/type of skiing.
My plan was to go for the M6 of 172 cm.

Would appreciate yout feedback about this and if you have any other recommendations which could be better for me.
Question by: Diego on Jun 17, 2022, 1:33 PM
HI Diego!
I replied on a different thread, but I thought that the Blaze 94 likely fits your style and application better than the M6, which is pretty demanding and difficult to reach the top end of the performance. Have fun!
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert (Admin) on Jun 17, 2022, 4:39 PM
I had a chance to demo the M6 in Feb at Copper....blew me away! I've been on the Salomon Q106 for almost 10 years and used to the width. I'm convinced the Volkl is right for me, but I saw that there is a Mantra 102. Is this the same ski just wider? I would hate to get the 102 because I like the width only to find that it is different ski. Any insight to the difference Mantra M6 and Mantra 102?

Question by: Bryan on May 24, 2022, 9:59 AM
Hi Bryan!
The 2023 Mantra 102 and M6 Mantra are same build, just different shape. 2022 Mantra 102 hasn't got the updates just yet. It's as smooth, stable and powerful as the M6, just with more material, so it's a slightly burlier ride. Have fun!
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert (Admin) on May 25, 2022, 8:49 AM
At 6'0" 175 pds ... Advanced to Expert Skier. I am torn between the Volkl Manta M6 177 and the Head Kore 99 177 skis. I generally ski on the East coast on Groomer with venturing on Moguls/Bumps at times.
Do not ski along the trees or on powder but would love to take a 7 day trip out west in the upcoming season.

Please advise.

Question by: Rajeev Haldiya on Apr 10, 2022, 3:58 PM
Hi Rajeev!
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.
Answer by: Chris McClelland on Apr 12, 2022, 11:31 AM
Hi there, I'm thinking about ordering a pair of the Mantra M6 but not sure which length to go with. I'm 5'9, 155 lbs. advanced but not expert skier who skis out west. I like going fast on groomers AND also love the bumps, trees and exploring off-piste terrain. Which length would you recommend? Thanks!
Question by: Andrew on Mar 26, 2022, 3:27 PM
HI Andrew!
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!
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Mar 28, 2022, 11:36 AM
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 ;-)
Question by: Jonas D on Mar 24, 2022, 10:20 PM
HI Jonas!
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.
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Mar 25, 2022, 11:57 AM
These Mantras have 3 binding mount position lines (one long, two short). What are the pros and cons to mounting +1cm or +2cm? I was a slalom specialist in my youth, and love to crank short turns, but also love high-speed groomer runs. Does mounting +1 or +2 effectively shorten the published turn radius? Thanks so much for the help! Bob
Question by: Bob Baer on Nov 29, 2022, 12:16 PM
Hi Bob! Some skiers like a forward +1 or +2 mount point as they find it helps them with turn initiation. I would make a general recommendation that if you have a race background, you likely don't have any trouble flexing a boot or initiating a turn, in which case, the recommended "0" line is probably the best spot to put the bindings. It doesn't really shorten the effective turn radius, no, it just helps some skiers access that radius more easily.
Answer by: Jeff Neagle (Admin) on Nov 29, 2022, 1:21 PM
I just ordered the (2022) Mantra M6 170 from you (price drop!). I really want a Look Pivot. Any reason why I should not go with this binding? And what's the major difference between the Pivot 15 vs 14? Safe to assume the 95MM brake will work with the Mantra's 94MM under foot?

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)?

Question by: McDude on Feb 28, 2022, 9:47 PM
HI McDude!
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!
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Mar 1, 2022, 1:34 PM
Hello, I’m 6’2” and weigh 235. Advanced but not expert. I ski mostly in California with a yearly weekend in Utah and/or Colorado. Currently skiing a 2014 Salomon XT 800 I’m 175 length. Love to ski the groomers in the morning that turn into crud in the afternoon. Ski ungroomed as well, but less so. The Volkyl M6 Mantra, Rossignol Black Ops Escaper 97 look versatile and interesting to me. Elan Ripstick Black 96 is beautiful, but different category? So many choices is mind boggling, and advice about ski and length would be very helpful! Thanks! - Larry
Question by: Larry on Feb 19, 2022, 3:52 PM
HI Larry!
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!
Answer by: SkiEssentials Expert on Feb 21, 2022, 9:33 AM

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