good miss gears I'm Jeff from ski essentials calm Bob how's it going Bob and I are back today to do another 2020 ski review this time we're looking at the 2020 Volkl mantra 102 pretty exciting we don't actually have the ski with us here today unfortunately we did get an early release of the kendo 88 which we reviewed way back in the middle of the ski season and then we also I believe we have next year's m5 mantra as well which is just graphics update that ski doesn't change at all but there's also a new mantra 102 so Bob skied it quite a bit I only got to ski it I think like once or twice this past season so we brought Bob in for this review it basically follows the same kind of pattern as the kendo 88 so it uses the titanal frame that we saw for the first time this past season in the m5 mantra really cool construction we've talked a lot about that we have an m5 mantra review on YouTube around chairlift chat as well follows that same trend multi-layer wood core like Volkl uses a lot titanal frame and then they also the mantra 102 is getting that new 3d radius side cut that we saw in the kendo 88 yeah so pretty exciting stuff I think that turn radius is really cool a 3d radius we talked about that a lot in the kendo 88 but it gives it a unique feel which we'll get to but I think it this mantra one or two and that kendo it rounds out the collection really nicely because within kind of the same sheet construction and overall feel you've now got 88 96 102 so I know in in the the written review that you did you kind of mentioned skiers that were disciplined to see the the mantra go down in waist width size last year so the previous version was 100 underfoot now that mantra which or the m5 mantra is 96 underfoot and there were definitely some skiers that were like hey like I want a 100 underfoot so now you basically got one the mantra 102 and it's a really cool ski so let's just jump right into it because I think people are pretty familiar with construction and just the theme of a vocal skis right now first impressions on the mantra 102 what do you think I was a little hesitant at first sure you get on the chairlift it and we had the demo binding on it – yeah definitely some weight to it and you know all of those kind of fears their apprehensions went away you know first couple of turns yeah I'm sure you know you wouldn't think that a ski that heavy would react as quickly but it does yeah and whether that's that 3d radius or just the you know the shape and the build of the ski I don't really care what I cared about was that you you leaned into your boot and put it on edge and the thing just started going and it did not care what was in front of it yeah went over and through everything so you know that way even though it's a trade-off in terms of quickness you know we obviously trade-off if it's light it's gonna be quick but not necessarily stable and vice versa so this 102 really took that stability to the to the nth degree and the faster you went the more the more it smooth out which was pretty cool yeah you mentioned that it felt like it had more half maybe a little bit more stability than the m5 mantra just due to the fact that it's wider yeah you think that was pretty noticeable yeah I mean I think like I wrote you know there's an extra six millimeters of material throughout the whole course that the ski right gonna add up to you know there's just more material there's more mass to this key so you can definitely feel it when you're when you're making your turns but still pretty nimble especially when you're in that center part of the radius where it's a shorter turn you can get it around pretty quick so bumps or trees I mean it was pretty firm when I was skiing on them but even so the trees were accessible in fog sure it was he kind of keeping more of a balanced stance you ain't aining that center of the sidecut yeah and let's go off that for a little bit you know did you find that you were able to kind of make different carving turn shapes because that's something that I I really liked but the kind of aid is a kind of dependent on how you were waiting the ski I found that I was able to lengthen or shorten the turn radius yeah specifically in a carving turn in that carving term instead of washing the turn or skinny in turn find the same thing with mantra 102 yeah same with 102 I didn't find what he skied that kendo 88 it wasn't a intuitive feeling for me yeah the first run or two without side cut but I figured it out after yeah it does there is a bit of a learning curve to this oh yeah but it's not it's not a slow process there me it really like I had a bit of a revelation proudly on my third run yeah the kendo 88 and was kind of like oh I get it now so three runs isn't that bad I mean for me that was like over the course of a week and a half or something so it felt a little bit long but if you just bought one and went and skeeted oh you're gonna figure it out in the morning of the first yeah and I think it's really cool so pretty much endless stability I would say so yeah yeah I mean you know like I said the faster you went the more it seemed to stable out yep and it kept wanting to go faster which was which was fine because it was so stable yeah you know normally I wouldn't you know keep pushing it but definitely felt like it could handle it pretty quick pretty responsive for something that's 102 underfoot yeah 102 and pretty heavy it was pretty you know there's it was precise so yep you definitely had to put your input into the ski in order to get that response out yep now do you remember what length you skied I was on the 184 okay which you know by the numbers I should probably be on the 191 but I think especially for around here you know the East tighter trees and more turns to be had that 184 was a better life yeah for me now would you feel pretty comfortable buying or or choosing or if you had the option of using that ski as your daily driver everyday ski I'm pretty good about it I I would feel pretty good about it you know I definitely I like lighter skis personally yet but you know I you know there's a couple guys here at the end of the year that that got their hands on one and they were lighter and smaller yeah but they have racing backgrounds yeah which I don't have and so they loved you know they were all you know there were a hundred percent in on this thing as their as their stove ski yeah I pretty much asked that question because I one of the testers from 2020 ski test and I just know this because we've been processing ski test results Evan he did mention that for him I think he was only like 140 hundred and fifty pounds yeah and he was saying it might be a little bit fatiguing over a long day of skiing but I think that's okay given the what you gain out of that that stability I think it's okay that it's tiring skiing's not like super easy I'm fine getting tired you know over a day of skiing right it's an athletic activity yeah so cool and you mentioned you did okay I'm in woods yeah you know it's not I think like just kind of in reference to rocker profile yeah it doesn't have it Locker right it's not like you know like some skis we look at I'm thinking of DPS rosy sky 7 something like that it's really not that much rocker or that pronounced rocker but you found it did just one it doesn't swivel like a sky or a soul 7 we'll okay but it's definitely again you know the the input is a big part of it so you do have to work a little harder and just back to the fatiguing thing the most tiring it felt was hanging off my feet on the chairlift you know when I was skiing on it you don't feel as heavy but when I got on the chairlift and it just you know you could feel it pulling at you yeah that your likes it's like the type of ski that's tiring walking from your car to the lodge and sitting on the chair you know than that not really yeah hurt my shoulders to carry sure that was about it well it's on your feet and your and you're standing on it and skiing it doesn't feel like it's as heavy as cool as on the lift awesome I'm so safe to say it's probably not an intermediate ski safe to say yes I'd say even an advanced skier it's the type of thing where like you should really take a moment to assess your own ability and then what you want out of a ski to determine whether it's right for you I'd said I'd probably recommend it more for the aggressive skier yeah then you know I know a lot of advanced skiers who don't ski tremendously fast yeah might not be the best choice for them but it kind of comes down to your own personal skiing style technique what you like yeah like Benny but inner boot works he's an older guy for more traditional skiing style for those that don't know Benny but he loved it yeah you know he's I don't consider him like particularly wild or aggressive or adventurous it has really good established skiing technique very smooth um and he really liked it so yeah thanks Bob that's the the mantra 102 another exciting new ski for 2020 there's lots of them we're getting pretty close to when we're gonna do some some comparison videos and articles which will be really fun because there are quite a few new skis for 2020 but in the meantime let us know if you have any questions and we will see you guys on the slopes light

2020 Volkl Mantra 102 Ski Review

2 thoughts on “2020 Volkl Mantra 102 Ski Review

  • June 17, 2019 at 8:26 am
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    I will most definitely demo that ski, maybe it will become my fresh snow ski. Judging from the skiing in the video a person coming from that race carving background will like it. unlike more rockered wide skis it bends like a carver.

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  • June 17, 2019 at 8:26 am
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    Got a pair on March with shift bindings. Coming from M4 Mantras. For me they feel way lighter (maybe because of the bindings) and responsive but keeping the same stability. I love them!

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