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phanatic02wrote a review of on March 17, 2009

5 5

First off, I am 5'10'', 185 lbs. and ski on the 183cm Gotamas. I have them paired with the Marker Jesters (amazing lateral stability). These skis truly do rock all over the mountain. While I am sure you can find a better ski if you are only looking to carve the groomed runs or bounce through the moguls; however, I would not hesitate at recommending the Gotamas to anyone looking for a great all-around ski if you are looking to go anywhere on the mountain. They are very nimble, hold an excellent edge, and have minimal chatter at high speeds. Additionally, these boards chew-up powder and crud. I skied them for 8 straight days at the mountains around Lake Tahoe. We got about 4 feet of fresh snow and the Gotamas did not disappoint. They got excellent float and provided a great solid platform for landing any jumps. I truly pushed these skis as hard as I could, and felt that they still had plenty of performance left in them. Lastly, a few days after the big dump, I spent a good amount of time in the trees. These skis were nimble, busted through any crud, and kept me smiling the whole day. The only negative I have on these skis, to this point, is the topsheet. As previously mentioned by other reviewers, after a few days of normal skiing there were several large nicks and places where the laminate was coming off. Overall, great big mountain ski for those who ski aggressively all over the mountain.

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phanatic02wrote a question about on January 24, 2009

I just purchased a pair of Volkl Gotamas (176cm: 133 / 105 / 124mm). I would have liked to have gotten the 183cm but found a ridiculously good deal on the 176. I am 5'9'' and weight about 180 after a big breakfast. I was looking for a good versatile binding. Weight is not of too big of a concern; however, I would like something that has great lateral stability, little pre-release from the toe-piece, and is durable...is that too specific (not)? Right now, the Marker Jester would seem to be my first choice due to the wide toe-piece. I am a fairly aggressive skier and will spend the majority of the time in off-piste terrain or in the trees looking for those last few bits of fluffy stuff. I spend little time in the park and do not huck myself off too many big jumps but will occasionally. So, what are some other bindings I should consider? Are there any concerns I should have with the Jester? Lastly, would you recommend the 90mm (rebend) or the 110mm? Thanks for your help.

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