Greg Wojtkunwrote a review of Volkl Gotama Ski on January 23, 2014
Familiarity: I've used it several times
If you are an advanced big mountain skier and you like to take on charging groomers when there is no powder but you also want a ski that is ready to take on a 12" dump, this is the ski for you. I used to ride the Katanas (which are awesome too) but those are built more for free ride steep powder lines. I just wasn't doing enough of that and was spending a good amount of time on groomers and trees while waiting for a storm. The Gotama is perfect for this scenario! I didn't see any real performance loss in the steep powder but the upgrade on groomers was awesome. A bit more stable on the on piste stuff than the Katana and I also went from a 184 Katana down to a 178 Gotama (Im 5'10" 165) and I was fearful the drop in length would lose some stability at high speeds. Not the case at all... I found myself just as stable and with less chatter on groomers. I will say that the ski performs much better on fast, long/wide groomer turns. If you are looking for a tweener pow/groomer ski that is better for slalom/carving style on groomers but still works in powder, check out the mantra. But the Gotama is a perfect All Mtn ski for big mountain skiers (Colorado, Utah, BC, etc) who want that perfect ski to tackle the power days, but also want something fun to rip groomers, crud, or the trees. This is the ski for that!!! Katana was OK for groomers also, but I found a better performance in the Gotama with no drop off in steep powder.