Völkl Mantra Skis

Because nothing is better than a new pair of skis

   Photo: Volkl

BEST FOR: Your one-ski quiver.

THE TEST: A ski this wide—98 millimeters underfoot—used to be gigantic and hard to turn in anything but powder. But thanks to the gentle flare up front, that’s all changed. You just tip the ski onto its side and the Mantra dives effortlessly into big hard-snow turns. The rocker also makes it float like a fat-waisted ski in powder.

THE VERDICT: “Effortless carving. No speed limit. And a touch of that surfy feel in powder,” said one tester. “Eight out of 10 skiers will love this ski,” said another. 132/98/118

Brand: Völkl $825
From Outside Magazine, November 2012 Get the Latest Issue