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Find out what Siddhartha meant by enlightenment.

Big-mountain pilgrims worship the Volkl Gotama Alpine Ski. This all-mountain plank's burly strength and float-anything size take powder skiers to a transcendent level of happiness. The Gotama Alpine Ski's multi-layer wood core puts a dense ash core in the binding area and uses flexy poplar in the rest of the ski so you get destroy-everything-in-your-path strength with sweet snap. The rounded tip and tail hold a hard line on packed conditions and float like a lotus blossom on the Ganges when you're riding in the powder. Strap into the Gotamas and take your park tricks to the rest of the mountain.

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5 5

Why do people hate camber?

Wishing I could buy a new pair of Goats with the old style shape.....

4 5

Does what it says!

Pros - great ski in fresh. The float is incredible and the skis respond effortlessly. Nice and light for any b/c use. Edges grip great.
Cons - they work great on hardpack/ice as well, but there is chatter. After a long day of burning down ice, my knees sore from all the vibration and shock they took.
Their performance in powder makes up for any short comings. I wouldn't recommend this ski to any Vermont/Northeastern skiers. Otherwise, this is a great ski.

I am 6ft and 195lb. Is 183 ok, or I need...

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I am 6ft and 195lb. Is 183 ok, or I need 190? And Gotama or Katana for west coast resorts? Thanks!!

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A lot of that depends on how good of a skier you are, and if you're used to skiing on long sticks. If you're an expert skier and used to longer ski's, go for the 190s. I'm 6ft 175lbs, and I'm on a pair of 183's. I ski primarily in the east, so these only get used on days it really dumps here, and on trips out west. The first couple days I was on them they were a handful, after that I loved them. At 175lbs I had plenty of float on powder days. The Katana's are wider, and would be better on deep days. They're not as versitle as the Gotamas, which you will have no problem ripping down groomers on as well. I hope that helps, maybe someone else who's a little heavier than me can chime in. The live gear guru's could probably help you out too.

5 5

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Best skis i've ever ridden on. I demo'd them in vail after a 14 inch dump and fell in love after only 1 run. i finished the day on them, and 2 weeks later, i owned my own pair. like most reviews say, the top sheets don't hold up real well, but everything else about these ski's rock! GET. THESE. SKIS.

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In case you were wondering what the base graphics of these ski's look like, here they are in action at Kirkwood last winter.

5 5

Go Big or Go home

I picked these up at the beginning of last season to serve me on my trips out west and for freshies in New England. I even tried them out on ice just to see how they'd do. While they did better than expected, I would definitely reccomend something skinnier for the really hardpack we see in the east. I'm 175lb and went with the 183s and mounted Jester's on them.
Out west these ski's are just plain bomber. You can ski deep stuff, drop off cliffs, ski switch, and pretty much do whatever you want. These skis will push you to be a better skier. I wouldn't reccomend them to a timid skier though, when it says expert, it means it. Also, my topsheets showed quite a few scratches and scuffs after about 10-15 days of using them. Nothing major, just cosmetic.

Trying to decide whether to get these and...

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Trying to decide whether to get these and on the right size to set these up for telemark skiing.
I'm 5'7" (170 cm) and weigh 155 lb. I ski moderately aggressively, any terrain, no cliffs or desperate stuff (getting too old), 75% in area and 25% backcountry. I'll be skiing in SW Montana and hopefully Jackson at times (currently southern Colorado). Right now I'm using 163-cm Atomic SnoopDaddys (122-88-103 or thereabouts). I've liked going short; previously skied 180-cm Volkl Vertigo G2, a little too long for bumps.
Any suggestions as to 168 vs 176 cm?
And any other suggestions (for example, mounting position for tele)? I'd considered the Mantras but read they're too stiff for powder, and they don't seem that much wider than my current skis.
Thanks!

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Fionn,
You and I are the same size and weight. I bought the goats in 168 last season and skied Alyeska and Alta Utah with them and was very satisfied with their performance.
I am 55 yrs old and ski rather agressivly for my age and enjoyed the confidence these skis gave me in all but the worst Alaska coastal ice could give me. When I skied at Alta this last season and was given the chance to ski in some real high country dry pow I felt I had arrived at a new platoe in confidence. The gotomas will knock you socks off in the trees and steeps or even the gromers. You will end up working yourself into new confidence and I hope you take time to get into shape because you are not going to want to stop hitting every nook and crany you can find on the mountain every day you are sking.
I was told I am a hight 7 on the skiing scale which goes to 9 on ability. I am looking at buying another pair on goats in a slightly longer lenght 176 to get even more float. Remember get in shape, you are going to ski your ass off with these things.

4 5

So stoked

Picked up a pair of these bad boys (168s) towards the end of the season in the Pacific Northwest..I was looking for a ski to help me charge big straight lines with both increased stability but also some pop. (I had been on 1080 foils, and am 5'3, female) I was instantly stoked with their performance and the graphics (def glad I got this seasons and didnt wait till the 2010s- rockered and plain looking) They can blast through nasty PNW crud,were awesome during a pretty epic (3 ft) powder day, and they are plenty manageable in moguls and trees. Topsheet durability is unfortunately low but they are otherwise a really solid ski. Can't freakin wait for next season

2 5

Good performance, POOR quality

Bought the 2009 Goats cuz several friends had them and recommended. After a couple of trips on the mountain, i noticed the topsheets flaking off. After several days on the hill, my topsheets are gouged significantly! So bad that the raised material cuts your hands unless you are wearing gloves. Too bad Volkl caved in to the CHINA SYNDROME= Poor Quality! The skis perform great, but quality stinks.

Posted below, wrong format, I'm 52y/o 5'9"...

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Posted below, wrong format, I'm 52y/o 5'9" 185# advanced intermediate, just got the gots in 176, but when they are next to my volkyl 168 5 stars they look the same size sans the twin tips, when standing they reach the top of my forehead, did i get them too short, does 2.75 inches longer in the 183 really make a difference? so 176 or 183?

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You're stoked on that 176cm. While they don't look real long compared to your 5Star, keep in mind that they are way fatter. You'll have plenty of ski under you!

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You're stoked on that 176cm. While they don't look real long compared to your 5Star, keep in mind that they are way fatter. You'll have plenty of ski under you!

5 5

gotama 176 0r 183

Live in the midwest ski out west, I'm 52 y/o, 5' 9" 185# advanced intermediate. Just got the gots in 176, but when i put them next to my volkyl 5 star 168's they look the same size sans the turned up twin tips. Should i send back/ sell these and go longer, will 2.75 inches longer in the 183 make a diff. Thnx

Alexander K., I know your a fan of the...

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Alexander K., I know your a fan of the Scarpa T-Race...have you ever skied the BD Customs...any opinion or thoughts? I've thought about a Gotama/BD Custom setup...I'm skiing the Scarpa T2x's and have been thinking of going stiff with the boot. I've been on 189 Hippy Stinx, but their a tad long for me...thoughts?

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Hey man, I have skied the Customs, and liked them a lot. Going to a stiffer boot was what really took my telemark skiing to the next level, it's well worth the investment. The bellows on the Custom are a little stiffer than the T-Race, and the boot itself fits really great, especially in the heel. The only issue that I had with it was the Boa liner, it takes a really long time to tighten down. Other than that, I'm a fan. As for the Gotamas, I'm getting a pair for myself for next season. If you're going with the Customs and the Gotamas together, I'd recommend the Hammerhead as a binding (as opposed to the O1). Since the Gotamas have an all-wood core, you're going to want the strength of the six screw pattern of the HHs with the burly boots.

Have been skiing a 183 gotama (which is...

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Have been skiing a 183 gotama (which is getting warrantied with a new pair coming soon due to a binding pulling out (yes, the gold ones). Been looking at getting the goats for a tele setup since I love the ski so much...so what size? I have had many say go shorter on teles these days, so, should I go 176 or 183's? I'm 6'0" and weigh about 175 lbs...thoughts?

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If you're skiing aggressively enough to rip a binding out of a alpine ski, I say definitely go with the 183s. I also hear a lot of talk from people about how tele skis are supposed to be shorter, but ever since I moved one size up (I'm 6'2" and 175lbs and now ski a 185 G3 El Hombre) the difference in power and control at higher speeds has been incredible. I do have to change my skiing style slightly in tighter trees and chutes, but I just initiate the turn with my dropped foot a little earlier, and I'm all set.

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whats not to love

they are straight they float I love mine mounted in the center. I have skied the new super fatties and these are still one of my favorites in any conditions, form super deep to refrozen crud and even a groomer these are real class A skis.

Im 6'6, 230lbs, i want to get a ski in teh...

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Im 6'6, 230lbs, i want to get a ski in teh 100-110 range underfoot primarily for skiing powder days. I ski the K2 Recon 184 as my everyday ski for bumps, groomers, etc. I am looking at the Volkl Gotama, K2 Obsethed and possibly the Dynastar XXL. Anyone have any info as to which would be the best fit?

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Well personally the ObSethed is my favourite ski. I use it for my pretty much everything ski, just no bumps, which I don't ski anyway. The Goats are pretty sick skis too, great in the pow and trees. The XXL, definitely not a fan, but that is just me. I know plenty of guys that rip on it, but I never felt comfortable. The ObSethed floats on the pow, slashes in the trees, even shreds up the groom, and the rocker is nice. I say go for that, and get the 189.

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if you wanna ski FAST and got the quads to do it and wanna huck big boy cliffs go XXL(epecialy for your size) , obsethed maybee to soft for you very very soft compared to xxl, goats good compramise, also look at the line prophet 100 sick ski, more all mountain tho.

6' 2" 215lbs. Just rode Prophet 100s last...

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6' 2" 215lbs. Just rode Prophet 100s last 2 years and dug 'em, but major issues with quality of build(bent one on a high speed fall, had one delam the entire base after a nice core shot). Ski Tahoe 99% and am thinking Goats in a 190(maybe 183), or Motherships 185. 32 years skiing, Squaw and Kirkwood are my home, so I like steeps, cliffs and just pointin' at times. Thoughts?

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The Goat is a much more versatile ski to then the Mothership, which is wider and stiffer. The Goat rips steeps, and just rocks it everywhere, where as the Motherships are more for just deeper days. If it hasn't snowed for a couple days, and the hidden stashes are tracked out, I think that the Gotamas will serve you better.

6'4", 240 intermediate. Used to skiing...

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6'4", 240 intermediate. Used to skiing CO but moved to OR. Getting used to Cascade snow with occasional visits back to CO and UT. Been skiing old 177 Rossi B1s and finally stepped up for some new sticks. Got hurt and can't demo this spring, but bought the Gotama in 183 and 190 on recommendations from friends here and in UT. Like the trees, bowls and the occasional groomer. Trying to improve but don't want to bite off more ski than I can chew. Any thoughts on which size?

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As an intermediate skier I think that the 183 is a good ski for you. It will help you improve lots, is already longer than your old pair, and still has tons of float.

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your 240lbs id go 190 once you get used to the length you will lov em

I'm moving to Alaska and looking for a one...

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I'm moving to Alaska and looking for a one quiver backcountry set-up. Leaning towards Gotamas with Barons. Demo'd both the goats and Rossi S6s. The S6s were fun, but the goats ripped--felt powerful, dampening, fast, and responsive. BUT I haven't been able to demo the Line Sir Francis Bacons or the Dynastar Huge Troubles. Has anyone had experience with these such that they can compare? (I'm 150, so I expect the 183 goats would have enough float for me in deep pow, but didn't try)

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Hey man, I gave you some feedback on your other question on the Huge Troubles.

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bacons - super soft bc jib ski not really a hard charger, totaly diff from the goats dunno bout troubles tho

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Big Mountain Ripper

6'2" 185, Ski the 190's with Dukes. They are a lot of ski, but right at home in powder, crud, backcountry. Great float and outstanding maneuverability for a big stick. Obviously not the best choice for bumps and boiler plate hard-pack, but they'll be OK. Also ski Armada ARV 185. These are more stable and provide way more float.

Last season for current construction Gotama. They are going to a rockered set-up next season. I've skied them and they rip too, but I like the 08/09 model better.

I'm 5'8 and about 175 lbs.---would 183...

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I'm 5'8 and about 175 lbs.---would 183 work for me?

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Just depends on how you ski and what you ski. I am 6'2" 175 and i would be happy with 176cm since the underfoot, shovel and tail are so huge. But...if i were exclusively doing deep backcountry powder or had this as the specific ski just for that, i might get the 183. Also, where are you skiing? I am in CO and will probably never need something that big. Just depends i guess.

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