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The Volkl Mantra is one of the longest running names in skis and has encompassed a number of All Mountain Skis of the Year across it existence in its many slightly re-tuned guises. When the Mantra M5 came out for season 2018/19 it was immediately seen by our Testers Testers in Galtur and Kitzbuhel as a very worthy reincarnation of the Mantra. In Pila and in Arc 2000 this season this “Ski of the Year” was also a huge hit.
The Mantra M5, is a powerful ski, but without ever being hard work, which some of the early Mantra’s definitely were, they were great skis but challenging for mere mortals to get the best out of them. The new M5’s are very dynamic with an awesome edge grip and with a versatility that just begs the mountain to test you.
When you are on a set of skis with as wide a performance envelope as these it does give you a massive confidence boost, knowing that you can take rock hard pistes, slush, back country powder or re-frozen crud, all in your stride.
The graphic, whilst it should never detract from a great skiing ski, is in this case simple and super cool, so, you have a ski that skis superbly, looks great and will make you feel a million dollars out on the slopes; again it has quite a lot going for it really.
If you are looking for the one ski that you can take everywhere, the Mantra has always been amongst the chosen few. In the 5th generation the Mantra features a powerful and sportive all mountain freeride setup with carbon tips, a titanal frame and full sidewall. The dimensions are shaped around a multi layer wood core and feature a moderate taper tip & tail rocker, allowing to ride the ski in a playful way or with full force whenever needed.