Yeah the 2 are actually pretty similiar. I used the 184cm Mantra when we were testing them and I had a blast. I am 5'7, 180lbs. Skied everything well and was very impressed. Volkl wouldn't mount up a pair of the Sumo's for us though (no surprise there). The Prophet 130 is a pretty awesome ski, great for those epic weeks. The Sumo is shorter which is nice for guys that are looking for the Fattest ski they can take in the trees.
$1000 is retail, MAP is at 899 I believe. I know that is what the Sanouk is so I imagine that the Sumo would be the same. There are very few of this ski being made and I do not anticipate that the price will come down at least not until next fall.
No, I have worked there for about 8 years. I took a 2 year absence to run the Mammoth Mountain Ski Shop with Chop, just couldn't do the corporate America thing any more. It is nice to have control of what is ordered and not having to ask someone if your preseason order is alright. Not to mention try getting a raise or a bonus at a resort, they like to keep the money with the people that do the least. Not to mention many resorts higher people that have no idea about skiing or the industry. Some people did not even know how to fit shoes. Come on how hard is it to ask someones shoe size. One person that had worked their for 30 years did not know how to change a goggle lense. I just love to talk product with people all over the country and this job allows me to do it. Talk skiing everyday while still getting in about 70 days a year thanks to vacation time, night skiing, and having a boss that his main purpose is to go skiing with us as many days as possible. We all do everything from selling, mounting, and shipping.
170, 177, 184, 191 are the lengths that it is offered in. Be sure to know where you want it mounted, Volkl's mark is a little far forward from what I have found. 1 to 2cm back from there marke seems to be best. I have mine at 1.5 back.
Yeah 1.5cm is the spot, talked to 12 guys now that have it mounted there and they love it. Only one guy I know had it mounted on the mark and that was because he was on the 191 and he was 5'10 so he already had enough tip and did not have to really worry about. It is amazing how well the ski handles when it is mounted back just that little bit.
Honestly, like you said the 191cm is not that much bigger of a ski and the flex is not a whole lot more than the 184cm. I love the 184 and I am 5'6", so the 191 and mounting it on the mark may be a great idea for you. If you can get out on the 191cm early season I would do it, you know there are not going to be many 191's left come December especially since there are no Explosivs out in the 190's.
I am going to get a pair opf Mantra's. I am about 99% sure I will go with the 184's because they will be my everyday ski and I don't want to deal with a 191 for everyday use. I'm 5'11'' and 175. Thanks for the info on the 1.5 dm back mount.
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No Problem, enjoy your Mantra's. I agree for everyday use for your height and everything you may like the 184cm better. It is a very versatile ski in the 184cm. If I was bigger and using it for pow days I would consider 191cm more.