Volkl Mantra

2016

Men's Freeride
Volkl
Price: £525.00
Overall:
Off piste long turns:
Off piste short turns:
On piste:
Steeps:
Ease of use:
Ability Level Lower Advanced Lower Expert Upper Advanced Upper Expert
Sidecut 132-100-118
Turn radius 23.7m (177cm)
Lengths 170, 177 (2,100g), 184, 191
Construction Sidewall
Titanal woodcore
Full rocker
Strengths Very strong at high speeds, powerful edge grip
Weaknesses Can be harder work at slow, pivoty turns

They say

The new Mantra is designed to give a greater range of performance thanks to early taper in the tip, a new 100mm waist width and a full rocker. It uses a multi layer wood core that features two different densities of wood for great dampening and reaction properties.

We say

Although there have been big changes to this ski, it still feels like it has retained that solid, high quality, confidence inspiring feeling of the Mantras of old. Edge grip is extremely high for a freeride ski, it feels unburstable on the piste, with the ability to keep going hard at very high speeds. In deeper off-piste conditions it’s still a great ski with the well judged rocker and flex making easy work for this type of skiing. It’s in fast long to medium shaped arcs that it feels at its best, while at slower speed shorter turns it requires a bit more physical effort.

Tester Comments

Kevin Harris
Easy to use in powder, straight from the first turn you can relax, solid, predictable performance
Mark Jones
Great ski, very grippy on the piste, solid edge hold and great fun