The Volkl Mantra is an iconic ski. Since its introduction in 2005 its had a strong following and has had a huge influence over how we perceive all mountain skis. It arguably inspired a whole new segment of skis. In 2005 it had a 94 mm waist width and was practically marketed as a powder ski, but its ability to mimic the performance of narrower skis at the time really turned some heads. These days all mountain skis in the 90-100 mm waist width category have become one of the most popular and important segments of skis. Were sure that you can list a few off the top of your head. Some of the most popular skis on the market right now (think Bonafide, Enforcer 100, etc, etc) arguably owe their existence to that very first Mantra. While its always been positioned as a high performance, hard-charging ski, its undergone a series of changes since its introduction with different construction techniques, waist widths, rocker profiles, and more. For 2019 we have a brand new Mantra, which marks the fifth version, and its aptly named the M5 Mantra.