Völkl Mantra (Page 6)

Pallepuder
17/03/2006 (Modified: 11/04/2007)
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Strenghts:
+ stable
+ isgreppet
+ lätttåkta
+ all-round properties
+ love the sound
+ pist properties
+ fumes well even in the wicked offpiste

Weaknesses:
to be the ski it's so I can not find any weaknesses ...
 
Certainly there are skis that are better offpst skiing, there are better piste skis. BUT, as an all-round ski, it's so far the best thing I've had the pleasure to try.

Well, it's a weakness .. I'm in love but can not afford o buy !!!

Summary:
wonderful skiing that you can use most of the time ..

good at everything.
simply a really good ski!

Model year: 2006
Riding style: like pillows !!!!
Length on the ski: 184 cm
Riders weight: 76 kg
Riders length: 180 cm

Mangebange
15/02/2006
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Strenghts:
Good grip, wonderful flowing both in 4 dm pads in Gopshus and raised slaughtering piste, you can drive really fast with these, after all, some swing in the skidorma also ....
Twisty and quite hard to get a really nice feel to the surface

Weaknesses:
The skis come a little short when you get into a really hard piste, they feel like they're a little fat in that situation.
But on the other hand, like these skis, you probably do not have to be the only couple if you're doing so badly, so they really have problems or

Summary:
I do not regret replacing the old XX-arna even though the economy was a bit tight.
Have not had such fun late ...... do not remember when
The disadvantage is that you want to go out as soon as they get a little new, come in well for the workmoor ....

Model year: 2006
Riding style: telemark pist pads, other skis in the case are old race skates Salomon 2V and 3V
Length on the ski: 177 cm
Riders weight: 80 kg
Riders length: 173 cm

kha
12/02/2006
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Strenghts:
a beautiful skate in the loose lane and soft ground goes like the train ...

Weaknesses:
Not the world's funniest in hard pist, but it's not meant to be used to :) :)

Summary:
Went on it for 9 days during a tour of Canada, the ski is a cannon in fog and pist as long as the surface is not getting too hard. Felt like a ski ride on earlier .. not so much carving feeling which made the speed of stability the cannon even without "lying" on the turn.

Model year: 2006
Riding style: Pist - Pillows
Length on the ski: 184 cm
Riders weight: 88 kg
Riders length: 178 cm

Jesper
Jesper (Guest)
10/02/2006
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Strenghts:
Seems it is a relatively easy slope considering the measurements. Have a fantastic much better kangrepp and stiffness compared to other skis in the same dimensions. Works terribly well as alpine layer m naxo binding and as telescope (184cm) with 22design binding. The absolute best team I tested this year that can drive all over the mountain with the kick in the turn even when it's a bit harder. Additional extra points for the porniest sound of all of them!

Weaknesses:
N / A

Summary:
Sweeping the banana with all the others I tested this year (Scott, Salomon, Ross, Extrem ...) Highly recommended to those who want a ski that returns when pressed properly.

Model year: 2006
Riding style: Burnt and hard, Pillows
Length on the ski: 191 cm
Riders weight: 83 kg
Riders length: 181 cm

N/A
27/01/2006
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Strenghts:
even me who is not so good thought it was a really fun skiing :-)
took me safe and fast down the hill.
have never been on such wide skiing before, but it was easier than I thought. The groundwork was admittedly easy.

Weaknesses:
no what i discovered.

Summary:
became a bit in love with it and would like to try it again. I tested it in the piste (only a bit outside) and just a few yokes.
have for me that it was 184 i tested, may have been 177 ..

Model year: 2006
Riding style: most piste.
Length on the ski: 184 cm
Riders weight: 72 kg
Riders length: 178 cm

Madest
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18/01/2006
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Strenghts:
Simply just awesome !!
Does not matter how fast they run ... go as a train down the piste!

Weaknesses:
Still looking ......

Summary:
Buy them if you want a really good ski!

Model year: 2006
Riding style: Pillows, Piste in high speed
Length on the ski: 191 cm
Riders weight: 75 kg
Riders length: 186 cm

AndersMalmberg
12/01/2006
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Strenghts:
Good grip
Incredibly witty side to side to be 94 under foot.
speed Stable
Lightly wired, it's no problem to slash the back end if it gets crowded. 191 did not feel too far.

Weaknesses:
In spite of the braid grip, it will be difficult in high lumps on hard surfaces (think frustrated manchester) but it is obvious that the ski is for.

The middle mark felt well behind me, could have mounted a few cm, but it may be due to the habit.

Summary:
Only tested in the piste of the seal and trysil

Very fun skiing! Gets to press hard if you want to, but go on to slow down and still have fun.

Model year: 2006
Riding style: piste powder
Length on the ski: 191 cm
Riders weight: 78 kg
Riders length: 185 cm

Christian
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12/01/2006
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Strenghts:
Even with my x number of kilos, these as on rails in the ground go so much knit and "soft" forsky. Just to sit down, give gas and drive laaange swings at high speed.
If you have something to do with it, then it works well as crusing skiing for big turns.

Weaknesses:
Do you forget that this will be a kind of compromise between the broadest powder planks and the toughest speed machine, I have not noticed a single weakness.
Maybe I would like an even longer skiing .... chipset ...

Summary:
Unfortunately because of the miserable weather here in Norway, so there has not been a powder, often dull yet. But considering the second ski I drove a lot of powder with the Alps last year, this should be a winner like all-round skiing. Not too specialized, can be used for "everything" and is relatively easy run. So undehamed to run that I MUST even if it's crappy artificial snow is in the piste. And then they look cool, not too glorious, but anonymous and cool design. So, of course, I went to the purchase of a pair, so after 13 or something like skiing ... just a little breiere skiing than typical bakkeski!

Model year: 2006
Riding style: Ski-Powder
Length on the ski: 191 cm
Riders weight: 105 kg
Riders length: 190 cm

N/A
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10/01/2006
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Strenghts:
+ Stable
+ Torsional rigid
+ Easily genuine
+ Good flow in pillows and even in worse offpist conditions
+ Works incredibly well in the pistemap. waist circumference
+ The remarkable metal sound is damn tough

Weaknesses:
Given what the ski is meant for, ie. the whole mountain, I have nothing to complain about! Of course, my Stöckli Laser SC with 63 mm below the foot has better edge grip, but on the other hand they are worthless off the piste ...

Summary:
Absolutely beautiful skiing for the whole mountain! Have a rather aggressive rider style and preferably drive long turns at high speed, which I thought fit perfectly, regardless of the surface! In summary, the skis exceeded my expectations both inside and outside the piste.
And for those who think of purchasing a pair of Mantra, I can say that they are worth every penny !!!

Thank you Völkl!

Model year: 2006
Riding style: Ski-Powder
Length on the ski: 184 cm
Riders weight: 76 kg
Riders length: 175 cm

HitMe
10/01/2006
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Strenghts:
A ski that really works for the entire mountain. Delivering cruel performance like edge grip, stability and speed in an easy-to-use package

Weaknesses:
I think recommended boot center location is too far ahead. See more below.

Summary:
When the news that Völkl was finally replacing the old proven V-Explosive ski, I knew I would have difficulty keeping the shopping fingers in control. V-Explosive was the last generation of many years of development of a wide and stable ski for, above all, the offpiste from Völkl. It reminds of the construction of Völkl's classic racing ski with a wooden core, torsion box and heavy metal. The last "real" explosive was the 2003 wizard model (which was basically the same as the 2002 model) and it was here as all wider carving teams for offpiste, as well as converging with the wide-ranging for example helicopter skiing in Canada that really existed for the very long time. The explosive does not have a lot of cutting, 120-95-112 and a side-crossing radius of about 34m for the 190 version, but it was nevertheless a ski that not only rich helicopters but also real mountain bikers and others could imagine driving. It's no exaggeration to say that Explosive probably belongs to the more legendary skis in the genre - a reputation that is due to the right rigidity and the fact that the ski is regarded as an unhealthy steady steam locomotive at any time. My own review from 2003 (http://www.freeride.nu/review/view.php?id=980) gives an indication of the ski's performance. The conclusion is that it is an incredible ski with almost unmatched cut, grip and calm, but it is also demanding and definitely not for everyone.

The following year, Völkl Gotama came as a ski with the same side cut, but 1cm wider straight off. Many probably saw it as a substitute, but although Gotaman has definitely been, and is a successful model and has its followers, it also made a lot of riders disappointed. Gotama is another construction that does not contain metal, for example, and it lacks the little extra that some of us used to from the Explosive. A short, short review of Gotaman from me is available at http://www.freeride.nu/review/view.php?id=2129

This leads us back to 2006 Völkl Mantra, which thus shares Explosive Design like the glass fiber box on the Explosive is of "plain fabric" while the Mantran has a woven stocking where the fibers can be directed differently to provide relatively more twisting stiffness. Mantran is a bit softer even than the recent vintages of Explosive (early Explosive was roughly stiff). The biggest difference, however, is that the Mantran has a broad top (and an ounce narrow waist actually, 129-94-112). It feels a bit softer than Explosive and also has a different and slightly more peeky peak. One of the really big differences is where the recommended mounting point (boot center) is located. A comparison between 184 Mantra and 190 V-Explosives provides by law that Mantran has the boot center marking 6 cm further forward (relative to the center of the ridge). It's not a bit of it. With the boot center next to each other, the Mantra 184 has a one-and-a-half-inch rear end than 190 Explosive. After a lot of thought, I mounted my 184 Mantra 2cm and it is something I can recommend right so unreservedly to anyone who is not going to head backwards, spin the air or possibly lie and carve at low speed in well-prepared slopes with their skis. The review is based on this 20mm rear mounting (at 302mm load, I think a bit less rear mounting for those who have significantly less shoes).

So, how does the ski work? In short: incredibly good. Firstly, the skid has extremely good edge grip on hard surfaces as well as V-Explosive. Both in classic short-range and in clean cut, the grip is simply brilliant. Mantran is also a ski that combines calm and vividness in a nice way. The ski pulls you into turns and really invites to edge hard. Nevertheless, it is calm and controlled in the cutting edge at any speed. Both of these properties are found in both soft and hard pistons. At a very fast run straight ahead or when you lose the cutting edge, the poor stability of the Explosive remains. I do not think this will be due to the length, bonding or stiffness but simply a function of the cut. A main reason for the calm of Explosives is simply that it does not want to turn. At Mantran, which is clearly more pivotal, you have to pay for this because you need to add a little more concentration to what the skid does when it comes to "uncontrolled" rides. Note that this is the case when you get along quickly, when you do not cut the joints and it's really messy and bumpy. Dessuomt is the comparison with one of the class's quietest slides, Explosive. When it comes to burning power straight through obstacles, Mantran is very good, only marginally worse than the explosive (and probably the Mantra 191 snap is warmer).

Finally, it's a piste property that I want to mention and that is that the ski is fast. With that I do not mean that it has a good glide without it can take very much pressure in the swing without bending and braking. Common mortals probably do not notice this if it is steep, but when it's flat and slightly softer it's clear. Many skis get as well as a defined top speed. The only thing that happens when pushing and edging is that the ski runs sideways. Skiing like Explosive and Mantra (and basically all race-oriented skis) just accelerates. The difference between the two is that Mantran is significantly easier to get any kick out and does not require the same speed as Explosive to get it right.

Unfortunately, I did not run Mantran in "bottomless than" but it became a bit of fluff after all, some single turns open and a lot of forest. Here it feels like I found a good compromise with 2cm rear mounting. No hint of dives and it could stand neutral and let the whole ski lay in the snow (and thus get good speed) without feeling strange. In fact, there is not much more to say than that the ski felt very naturally under the feet of the solder and that it was almost as stable and safe as the Explosive.

So, what is this ski for? Perhaps you can divide the prospective customers into two catagories. Those who used to run Explosive and those who did not. As for the first catagorine, it has been said that Mantran is too little changed to be a "necessary upgrade". That is a reasoning I disagree with. In my opinion, it is a rather different ski run. It is more "normal" than Explosive while being much more user-friendly. This with most of the desirable performance features maintained. I definitely see Mantran as a complement to Explosive and the only "problem" is that in at least 90% of all conditions is a funeral ride. What's problematic, it's possible that you will not spend so much time on the Explosive - which is sad because that ski always gives me a little extra wide smile on my lips thanks to its special feeling.

To say something more about the difference, and lead us into the next customer category, you can say that the Explosive requires the rider to do everything but keep the control. It fixes the ski. Mantran allows you to drive significantly more passively if you absolutely want it and it also works in milder conditions, but in return you have to be more chopped when driving at the limit of what you can do. That's why I estimate that Mantran can safely fit 10 times more skiers than what the explosive actually did.

In conclusion, Mantran is, first of all, a worthy successor to the Explosive and, in any sense, probably a better ski. Secondly, I see it as an interesting option for many of those who, for example, snuggle on a Karma but definitely do not have to have a real twin tip. Mantran delivers significantly more performance. Third (and last), Mantran is an incredibly good all-round skiing for basically any (free) skiing. It's a ski that I, more than anyone else I went, would feel comfortable wherever I came in the ski world.

Model year: 2006
Riding style: Whatever as long as it's not backwards
Length on the ski: 184 cm
Riders weight: 68 kg
Riders length: 178 cm