2018-2019 Volkl Mantra M5 & Volkl Secret
From its initial release back in 2005, the Mantra quickly became one of the most iconic skis — and one of the most iconic ski names — in the world. And for the 18/19 season, there will be a new, 5th iteration of the Mantra, the Mantra M5.
Last month, I flew over the pond to check out the new Mantra (which will be released in the fall of 2018), to tour the extremely impressive Volkl factory in Straubing, Germany, and to speak to two of Volkl’s key designers: Tobias Heil, the head of R&D at Volkl, and Dominik Grunert, the lead designer on the Mantra M5.
You can listen to my conversation with Tobias and Dominik here, and you should. In the company’s 90+ year history, rarely if ever has a review publication been granted this degree of direct access to Volkl R&D and Engineering, and Tobias and Dominik were extremely interesting and candid when talking about the Mantra M5 in particular, and about Volkl’s guiding design principles in general.
So check out our conversation, then you can now take a look at the M5’s updated specs, rocker pics, and comparisons — in addition to our initial on-snow impressions of the new M5.
TOPICS & TIMES:
- What were your trying to achieve with this 5th version of the Mantra, the M5? (2:28)
- Talk about the changes and the guiding design principles? (3:38)
- History of the Mantra (6:55)
- Will this new shape and / or construction make its way into other Volkl skis? (9:35)
- The women’s version of the Mantra — the Volkl Secret (10:08)
- Which skis on the market is the Mantra M5 set to compete against? (12:20)
- Of the 5 different iterations of the Mantra, which are your personal favorites? (13:38)
- Dominik on the Volkl 100Eight (16:30)
- Rocker Profiles & Flex Patterns (17:50)
- Weight — what is Volkl’s position on construction & weight? (23:03)
- The possibility of bringing back a limited run of the metal Katana? (25:35)
- Predictions: where is ski design headed in the next 5 years? (28:15)
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