Advanced freeride skier
Craig's rating of this ski:
Considering his skiers profile:
"Powder bump runs with numerous face shots, creamy untracked pow turns, and even huge carve turns on empty groomed runs at the beginning of the day are my favorite. I am not a high speed skier."
Weight:82 kg180 lbs
My favourite freeride skis:
1. Blizzard Bonafide
2. Kästle BMX105
3. Liberty Genome
To all my reviews
The dark top sheet is very subtle, very Volkl, and attractive. Efforts were made to reduce the weight of this new M-5, by thinning the titanal layers, and adding carbon to the tip and tail. Volkl also claims increased pop, and liveliness with this new construction. Along with these changes, Volkl has come over from the "dark side" and added camber underfoot, instead of a fully rockered ski, which was unusual for a ski this width. I would rate the damping as very good to excellent, and this Mantra is stable at speed. Carving characteristics are also excellent. Overall this ski rates in the near excellent category. The 177cm length felt correct for my profile, even though I normally ski the next size down from the longest length offered, to the longest length available, from most companies.
This near 100mm width underfoot is a very competitive segment of the market, and has generally been considered a best choice for a "one ski quiver" in many geographical regions. The new Mantra M5 goes up against skis like the Blizzard Bonafide (please see my separate review) which I rated as a "Top Pick" and 5 stars in this category.
I personally have a multi ski Quiver for my local Vail Colorado area, and I have found that this approximate width ski (around 100mm underfoot) is better for those who only have a single ski quiver. My preference for a two ski Quiver, would be a narrower, perhaps 88mm underfoot, and a wide powder ski, deleting the need for this width. However, the performance of these top rated skis in this width are "sooooo good", its hard to resist adding another ski to my Quiver.
Very good-excellent damping, with even flex. Moguls are probably not the Mantra's highlight, (even though it is competent in these conditions), and there are probably better choices if this is where you spend your time. The new Blizzard Bonafide, and DPS Cassiar 94F, would be two skis to consider in this approximate width, that are excellent in bumps.
Who is this ski for?
- Great one ski quiver
- Very competitive top performing ski in this approximate width
- More piste oriented