The Volkl Mantra V-Werks Skis tow the line between a freeride, all-mountain and touring ski all in one. Construction starts with a multi-layer light wood core; the skis are feather-light to begin with. Now to add some performance to the recipe, Volkl uses their 3D Ridge but makes it out of carbon. This gives the ski its power and precision. It gets pretty stiff at this point, since carbon in a 3-dimensional application gets a lot stiffer than just a flat sheet or stringers. When the carbon is given a structure, it gets stiffer, as is evident in bikes, wings, and other applications. In the ski, it gives the light wood core something to really bite into, thus giving the skier a higher-end of performance and precision. Additionally, the skis have a titanal band that runs through the center, and this gives the ski even more longitudinal stiffness without adding the weight of a full sheet. All of these technological advances make the Mantra V.Werks a top-end option for skiers looking for that touring and resort versatility-the one ski that really does it all. Skin pin holes and an ice-off top sheet round out the touring aspect of the ski, and in soft snow, the moderate taper makes for smooth powder turns and transitions. These days, a lot of skiers are looking for a ski that is versatile and flexible enough for resort ripping and for endless skin track adventures. If this is your recipe for endless fun and adventures, then the Volkl Mantra V-Werks Skis will check all of your boxes.