The 2010 Volkl Mantra was supposed to be the same as the 2008 and 2009 except for a different topsheet graphic, however after comparing the 3 skis the 2010 is totally different from the 2008 and 2009. With the thickness of the ski different I decided to weigh the ski and see what the weight difference was and to my surprise the new 2010 Volkl Mantra in a 170cm weighed almost the same as the 2009 Volkl Aura. This is not what I expect out of Volkl. Remember that a bend is not considered a warranty as it is not a manufacturer’s defect. Volkl has accepted very few bent Mantra’s back as warranty the past year or two so this is a major concern for those looking to purchase the new 2010 Volkl Mantra. It looks and feels as though the 2008 and 2009 Volkl Mantra models will hold up better than the new 2010 version which seems too light for what it is. I would only suggest the new 2010 if you are a lighter weight skier. If you are not then the 2009 is going to be your best option so buy before they are all gone!
2008/2009 Volkl Mantra Weight 2010 Volkl Mantra Weight
170cm – 8.38 lbs 170cm – 7.70 lbs
177cm – 9 lbs 177cm – Not in Stock
184cm – 9.45 lbs 184cm – 8.9 lbs
I would be interested to hear other people’s opinions on this matter.