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Lars wrote a review of on January 12, 2012

5 5

SUPER warm (not that we've needed warmth this season so far....), and very high quality construction. Lots of nice details, including a glasses-cleaning cloth built in to one of the pockets - that was a nice surprise. Also has stretchy cuffs on the sleeves with those little holes for your thumbs, so ain't no snow going up your sleeves. I really like the removable hood.... I hate hoods, but when you need one, they are nice to have!

I would put the coat in a category that is not-really-"technical", but has a lot of features & construction that make it pretty hard-core. Definitely stylin'.

I bought the size 54, which fits me perfectly: 6'3", 195, and I wear a 42 long suit coat, 16/36 dress shirt.

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Lars wrote an answer about on December 6, 2011

Yup. Volkls "ELP" fully rockered design is pretty amazing. I ski Kuros and have demoed Gotamas a couple times - to me they are more stable at speed than traditional camber skis with big sidecut, because the tips are up off the snow and don't want to dart around, but rolled on edge hold a carve well.

They're fine on hardpack, but will take a few runs to get used to.

Depending on your height, weight, and skill, the length can have a big impact on how they ski. i'm 6'3", 195, and preferred the ~195 Gotama overall, but the next size down (186?) was better in bumps, with it's slightly tighter turn radius.

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Lars wrote a review of on April 9, 2010

5 5

After a season in UT with visits to CO, WY, and ID, I've skied these on everything from 2+ feet of fresh powder to early morning icy groomers. Steep, cat tracks, bumps, all over.

They are happiest in deep snow going downhill fast - go ahead and carve GS turns or tight little "S"s. But, in anything but rutted moguls they really rip. Put both skis on edge and you can roar down groomers like a freight train, but they are surprisingly maneuverable. Nice thing about the rocker is that the tips are up away from the snow when running flat on a groomer, so you don't get that twitchiness like in a regular shape ski. But they track straight, and then roll 'em on edge and they carve like crazy.

They crush corn snow.

I'd rather be on my GS boards to run gates, or on a total groomer day, but with even 3"+ of loose snow, Kuro starts calling my name.

Someone here mentioned that you need to be ready for the comments on the chairlift. I didn't know what he meant.... now I do. They are BIG skis. And they ski big.

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Lars wrote a question about on February 2, 2010

Kuro vs. Gotama.... (and maybe Blizzard Answer...)???

I've demoed the Answer and the Gotama, but no one has the Kuro to demo. Liked both skis, but the Gotama seemed to have a but more rocker, maybe a little more sidecut, and skied, well, like a Volkl. Awesome.

I was blown away at how a fat rockered ski could rip up everything on the mountain including groomers (I usually ski Volkl Racetiger GS, or go tele).

Do you think the Kuro skis like the Gotama, only more so? I'm in Park City for the winter, will do a little backcountry, but most days will be on the mountain, and bumps and groomers will be unavoidable. If the Kuro is really out of it's element unless there's a foot of powder that could be a problem - as much as I dig the graphics.

Thanks!

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