Volkl Mantra Ski

A full rocker ski with the backbone to charge.

When last year's version of the Mantra emerged from Volkl's top secret ski lab with a powder friendly full rocker profile and the same hard-charging titanium backbone as its predecessors, penny-scraping ski bums everywhere swooned, supplies dried up, and everyone cried for more. Well, Volkl heard your cries and brought them back for another winter of pow-slashing, crud-busting, groomer-bashing fun.

If you're into powder (is that even a question?) two words should stand out from the first paragraph: Full. Rocker. While the Mantra of yore could be overly aggressive in soft snow and tight trees, the full rocker profile combines with a tapered shape to ease things up, making it easier to throw your skis sideways, scrub speed, and have more fun when things get soft and you need to be light on your feet, but you'll be able to vary your turn shapes and open things up when you feel the need for speed and quickly shut them down when things get techy.

With all this talk of powder performance, don't start to feel like you're sacrificing hardpack performance. Even though its waist is two millimeters wider than previous iterations, the Mantra uses Volkl's burly, aggressive Power Construction, with a torsion box for stiffness, vertical sidewalls for durability, and a titanium laminate to keep you charging hard, because, after all, it's still a Mantra. There's ash underfoot for power and top-shelf binding retention, with poplar in the tip and tail for a more lively, playful feel. If you find something it can't handle, you're probably trying to use it as a boat, or a machete, or a pair of pants; keep it pointing downhill on the snow, and you'll see why it's such a legend.

  • All-mountain ski plays particularly well in powder
  • 100mm waist width balances between soft snow and hardpack
  • Full Rocker with tapered shape has fun when things get soft
  • Multi-layer wood core combines durable ash with poppy poplar
  • Power Construction with titanium laminate for charging hard
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My Favorite All Day, Every Day Ride!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you are looking for an epic exploration that will allow you to charge every facet of the mountain look no further. The Mantra will let you rip on and off-piste, sleigh groomers at super high speeds and even just sit back and hang with the family if you so desire.

The Mantra is wide enough under foot at 100 cm to float on even some of the deeper days, stiff enough with a titanimal laminate to give stability breaking through the gnarliest crud imaginable and at 177 cm a turning radius of 23.7 m that will let you layout some of the biggest, high speed turns possible.

If you want that all-mountain ripper that can do it all, look no further!

Volkl Mantra The Best All Mountain Ski

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm 63 old, 5' 10" height , 200 ibs, on 2016 Mantra 184 cm, with Griffon bindings, ski skier type - expert.
Skied mostly in Vermont and New Hampshire (included Tuckerman ), also Utah, Colorado, Alps (Zermatt, Aiguille du Midi).
All kinds of trails and snow conditions, on piste, off piste, double black, you name it.
Most of my life I ski on some kind of Volks.
Before purchase also demoed Rosignol Soul 7, Nordica Enforcer 100, Blizzard Cochise, Dynastar, Kastle, DPS, Salomon, Line, Volkl 100 Eight.
Mantra comes as my best ski choice.
Volkl markets the ski as Full Rocker, but the profile of the Mantra resembles Rocker/Flat/Rocker more so than Full Rocker
What translates to easy turning, excellent edge hold, fun (it's so good that I will never return to camber again)
Moderate 5 cut shape/taper shape, keeps weight down some in the tip and tail, ergo reducing the swing weight making the ski easier to maneuver in un-groomed conditions.  Now the taper is moderate so it doesn't reduce the effective edge - more effective edge means more edge gripping the snow.  
The Full Rocker in the Mantra does make the ski easier to handle than it's cambered or cambered with tip rocker predecessor.  Due to the lack of camber, Mantra needs a little more speed to get to hook up in a turn.  If you can get your skis on edge and like to carve big turns you'll really love the way this skis on the front side -- basically if you're an expert big turn carver you'll love it.  The full rocker does improve the float in pow substantially, the Old Mantra doesn't hold a candle to the New Mantra in that regard.  
Sidewall runs the length of the ski for maximum edge hold and stability.
Titanium gives the Volkl Manta unrivaled power and stability.
Full Rocker that floats like full rocker but doesn't feel washy like most fully rockered skis.

The Freeheel Mantra

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This ski comes with a stellar reputation as a hard charging all-mountain crusher with enough girth to handle fresh powder (when you are lucky enough to find it). Have no doubt that the Mantra lives up this reputation.

I just picked up a new pair of these as my everyday ski out here in Utah. I skied them last year mounted with 22 Designs Outlaw Bindings and immediately fell in love with this set-up. The titanal laminate adds stiffness and stability at high speeds and in variable conditions while the full rocker profile allows me to make any type of tele turn I want. I can make GS turns on hardpack, tight turns in trees, and still get face shots when conditions permit.

If you made it to the end of this review you are probably asking yourself: I thought tele skiing was dead? As the old tele mantra goes: free your heel, free your mind.

Feel free to contact me directly with any questions on the Mantra's, tele skiing or ski gear in general.
Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead
klivingston@backcountry.com - 801-736-4337

I'm on the same setup, 177 Mantras, with this years Outlaws. Great resort/sidecountry setup. I ski them with the TX Comp..no ski brakes !

That's awesome JayPeak Skier! Hope you have been enjoying all the snow back East.