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The legend, reborn.

When Volkl completely redesigned the Gotama, skiers around the world felt the shockwave for days. Luckily, the result is a ski worthy of the name. From Platonically smooth groomed runs and the deepest of powder dreams to the nerve-wracking hell of chopped, sun-baked and refrozen crud, the new Gotama utilizes Volkl’s flex-tuned ELP profile to provide unmatched versatility and unshakeable confidence in variable conditions. Where the old Goat was merely great, the new one is on another level of performance and intuitive handling.
  • Elongated Low-Profile rocker design enhances maneuverability and float in powder while retaining consistent edge contact for hardpack conditions
  • Sensorwood core with carbon Powerbox reinforcement for resilient, lightweight damping and powerful edge hold
  • 3 tuned flex zones: stiff nose for stability, medium midsection transitioning to softer tail for forgiveness and powder performance
  • Low tip shape prevents hooking on hard snow and crud without losing float

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Hey I have a question for anyone who knows....

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Hey I have a question for anyone who knows. I'm 6' 135lbs , level 8ish skier. I'm used to riding a 163cm center mounted park ski, or 170ish all-mountain. I've been wanting to get more into backcounrty/big mountain stuff and I have an chance to get the Gotama 186 mounted with Barons. Do you think this would be to much ski for me? The only reason I think I might be able to handle it is the rocker.

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the goat

my girlfriend rides the 170's (5'4" 120) and loves them. mounted +1cm and she can rip powder to groomers all over the mountain. with the rocker tip and tail they ski a shorter than what they are. mounted them with last years dukes (which look sick with the new goat graphics) and they can really be a quiver of one.

3 5

Great potential

I bought these skis mid way through the 09/10 season. I got them as an all mountain everyday ski for snowbird. 5'11" riding the 186cm.

My first impression was wow, these things are fast, and super smooth, easy from edge to edge. Had a ton of fun on groomers with them. It was only when I started riding pow that I felt they could have been better. I wasn't able to slice and dice the ski throw the trees the way I had hoped. They were a little sluggish for my liking. DISCLAIMER I must take some of the blame for the lack of performance in the trees. Unfortunately the boot I was using Nordica Ace of Spade is just much to soft for this ski. As a result alot of energy was wasted flexing the boot that didn't transfer to the ski. I'm going to give these another shot with a hopefully stiffer boot. The potential is there, this ski rips! But if your looking into them you'll want to make sure your boot is stiff enough to get the performance your looking for. The ski also measures out to about a 190 in the 186cm length, If I had bought them again I would get the 178.

All in all a ski that I think will be great for me once I mate it with a hard charging boot.

I want this ski! I've heard so much about...

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I want this ski! I've heard so much about this ski, now I'm just debating over which size to get. I will be using the ski as an everyday ski. I'll be skiing everything on this ski including glades, bumps, powder, and groomers. I ride the Atomic Snoop right now at 176. Because of the reverse camber, should I go up to 186, or should the 178s be long enough? 5'9" and 165lbs. Any help would be great.

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178 long enough if you want to ride bumps and trees too. I am 5'10 160lb and road 170s for two years. Only reason to go any longer is if you only do fast groomers. Loved this ski. Just sold it this year. Put over 250 days on it and it was skied out! Bought Volkl Aura 170 and then bought a fatty to go with. Hope this helps

Debating between these or the Scott p4's....

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Debating between these or the Scott p4's. How do they compare. Need a ski that can float well and rip the entire mountain. Any advice??

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You pretty much just described the Gotama. Both are awesome skis though. The Gotoma's description of " tiff nose for stability, medium midsection transitioning to softer tail for forgiveness and powder performance" pretty much hits the nail on the head. Now, pull this nail out of my head and call a paramedic.

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Good ski but Durability issues

This ski is really fun in low to mid depth powder. I ski the 194 mounted tele with hammerheads and they are defiantly a fun, turny ski for most shallow pow conditions (less than 8-10). However they are a bit flexi for straight lines or choppy snow, just don't feel all that stable at speed. I am also having durability issues with them (stupid Chinese manufacturing plant. Come on Volkl make your skis somewhere else, anywhere but China) Bases core shot easily. Side walls ding easily and bindings don't like to stay in the ski. I have skied these babies (12) days and have (6) core shots many side wall gouges and have pulled out 1 binding. Compared to my Rossi S6s which have about (100) days, (1) core shot, minimal side wall damage and no binding pull outs. Recommend boycotting until they stop Chinese manufacturing.

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It sounds to me like you need to take them back to wherever you bought them / got your bindings mounted. I skiied on these puppies 50 + days last year in all conditions and they are rock solid! The only issue I have is the topsheet is getting a bit dinged up from wear and tear. Shame, because the Tiki Man is a sick look!! Almost worth getting a second pair just to stare at...

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I have been through 3 pairs of Gotamas since Feb 08. I just sent last years back and was able to get store credit from my shop and switched to Moment. My first Pair was the Gold 08 Gotes and the bindings ripped twice. Volkl replaced with 09's and early last season I had an edge delaminate from sidewall. They replaced them with a new pair of ELP rockerd Gotes and after 40 days on them last season and 2 days this season the edge under the binding delaminated again. Their quality with manufacturing in China is suffering and I will not go back to Volkl until they return manufacturing to Germany. Fun skis for all conditions I had Dukes on them and ski them about 75 days with some in the backcountry and rest at Squaw but their quality is terrible.

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Gotama Does it All

As others have attested, the Volkl Gotama is an outstanding quiver of one ski. Thanks to the new rocker design it skis powder well, 106mm underfoot gives you enough to handle variable snow conditions with ease, and in true Volkl fashion carving capability on piste. If you are looking for one ski to do it all look here.

Is the 194cm the right length for me , i`m...

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Is the 194cm the right length for me , i`m 6ft 2in & weigh 190lb & an expert skier .. or is the 186cm a better option ?

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If you are looking for an everyday, do it all ski, I would recommend the 186. But if you are primarily going to use this ski on big lines, and fast descents, Id go with the 194 as its going to be more solid in hairy situations and mach speeds

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194s. I skied both and the 185s were too small. With the rocker the 194s are very easy to turn. You will also dig the extra length in deeper pow.

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194s. I skied both and the 185s were too small. With the rocker the 194s are very easy to turn. You will also dig the extra length in deeper pow.

Are the Goats good for your not-so-average...

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Are the Goats good for your not-so-average east-coast explorer/adventurer who gets away from the groomers and finds trees and pow stashes and cliffs wherever he can? or are there better options out there in terms of not-overly-massive-but-still-massive-enough planks?

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I would think you'd want to look at the Mantra's for east coast skiing. Not quite as wide, but a stiff ski without the rocker that will perform just as well when you don't get snow for a few days...or weeks.

can i set these up as a telemark ski with...

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can i set these up as a telemark ski with ntn's, are they a good telemark ski?

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Bomber tele ski! Go for it, you can mount NTN bindings no problem.

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Yes you can. Im almost on the cusp of buying them myself, but I want something a bit fatter underfoot

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DO IT! You will not be disapointed!!!!

Gotama / rocker for backcountry? I'm...

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Gotama / rocker for backcountry? I'm looking to buy a new backcountry ski and demoed the Goats at Snowbird recently - they're rad. Can you use a rocker ski with skins for ascents?

Any advice on alternative skis to consider?

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Hey - I was just considering the Gotama for a new tele powder/crud ski as well. I ended up going with the Salomon Czars, only because they came up on Tramdock first. I admit, I've never skied a fat, rockerd ski, and I have always been dubious about it. Just got them this week, and skied them yesterday in thick, sticky, wet crud. THEY WERE AMAZING!! I have never had so much fun in spring crud. I could charge at 100%, and best of all, with the rocker tip, you never have to lean back! The tips just stay up, no matter what. I haven't taken them BC yet, but I plan on it. I'm sure you can use skins, you just won't get any grip from the front 15cm or so of your ski. Maybe someone else who has done it can say better.
Anyhow, in summary, if you want a powder/crud specific ski, I think these would be great, and I KNOW the Czars are. Other skis I was considering were the BD Justice and the 4FRNT VCT Turbo (which has been on Tramdock several times the last few days). I went with the Czars partly for the twin tip (I like to ski and land switch), but that may not be important to you. I mounted them with Hammerheads (also AMAZING), and one more thing: make sure to do a standard tele mount on your rockedred ski (1.5cm back from standard alpine) - I almost mounted these forward and I'm so glad I didn't. With the rocker tip they feel much shorter than they are.

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Best one ski quiver

The Gotama just keeps getting better. I love the rocker in the tip and tail. It is the best steep skiing ski I have ever ridden. The rocker allows the ski to bend to the terrain and stays very forgiving. You can smear or jump into another turn with ease. I never worry about stuffing a tip with the rocker out in front.

Amazingly, the Gotama can carve groomers with the best of them. Put the ski on edge and the entire effective edge bites and you can push the ski into small radius turns or let it run for big super g turns. As expected, the Gotama is great in powder. It floats and you can carve or smear your way down the mountain. Rocker is amazing! You can pick how you want the ski to act. The only downside of the Gotama is it not as damp as skis with metal in them.

When packing my bag, if I can bring only one ski, I choose the Gotama with the Duke. This is my go anywhere and do anything one ski quiver.

Hey I have a quick question, I am 6'2" and...

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Hey I have a quick question, I am 6'2" and about 190#. I currently ski 185 BC Scrathes and have a pair of 190 sumos. Turning Scratches into AT set up and wondering if the 186 goats will be too short? If so other recommendations and lenghts for demoing. I ski Kirkwood and Sierra mostly

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Hi, Mike--Hmmm. I'm assuming those 190 sumos are your powder skis only, and that the Scratches are more of an everyday board for you? If so, then the 186 will probably fit perfectly in that quiver as the new everyday boards. However, they ski shorter than a 186, so if you ski the Sumos many days, then you might want to check into the 194s--they will feel more like a regular 186 or so.

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I think you should do a super quick demo and I bet you will like the 194's a bit better than the 186's.

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Dude sumos are badass

Beyond the Gate - Blackhomb

Beyond the Gate - Blackhomb

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Skiing out past the gate at Blackhomb.

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This ski is pretty much the best go anywhere - except New England - do anything ski. It's my back country set, I have it mounted with Fritschi Freerides, and haven't ever had a problem. It's been everywhere from Silverton to Whistler and all the stops in between. In fact, I use it as my resort ski too. It's most at home in deep, soft snow, but it's equally good in the corn and mashers and can lay some perty lines through the early morning cords. It can take a beating, and is surprisingly nimble in the trees, and very easy to hike with. No so great in the moguls or on boiler plate. But, if you buy these skis, something tells me you're not skiing bumps or racing on boiler plate.

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Fun Everywhere

I really liked this ski, skied it in Japan on deep powder for a few days, compared to obsethed skis they are a little stiffer, and better on groomed snow, but maybe not as good in deep powder, (very little deference). If you want an all-round ski that is good in powder get this, if you want a powder only ski then get the Kuro (my favourite), Pontoon or hellbents....

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versitile powder wonder

This is a great ski for powder days, crud and even groomers with some snow. Not for icy conditions of course. This is a hard charging ski with just enough early rise to rise above powder and push through the crud. Great ski on the steep and deep.

Gotama 2010 194's.

Any one here have a...

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Gotama 2010 194's.

Any one here have a comparison on the 186 vs 194.

I am a ex-racer. 6ft 180lbs. Every day ski is a 178 nordica top fuel. My icy hard pack ski is a Atomic Race SL 12. Love them both.Looking for a ski to rip long GS turns in powder and crud.

I've demoed the 186. Very manuverable, but wabbly tips on trashed out groomers at the end of the day.. I like the 184 Montra but they ski to close to the Nordica's. I Wonder how much more stable the 194 is and how much more demanding. Don't want to totally have to work the skis in the trees. I haven't seen any reviews on the 194.

I've skied the dynaster xxl in a 191 didn't like I much. Felt panky with too little sidecut for my taste. Other ski recommendations also acceptable.

Going to Revelstolke for lift and heli skiing in March. Would like something before then.

Thanks

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I think you should get the 186. I am skiing that length and they are plenty long and I'm the same hight and wheight. They are very stable.

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Dude, I'm 6' 190. Used to race. Bought the 186's, cause I was skiing almost all trees and BC with it. It's stout, but in wide open areas, a little more ski would be great. I'd say get the 190. For your size and skill level, a little more meat means more float and more speed in the open areas. It's gonna take more effort to move around in the tight stuff though.

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Love them

I finally pulled the trigger on this ski after drooling over it for most of the early season. I am 6'3 220+ and ski mostly in Northern Vermont, with a week or two out west a year. After reading the reviews here and some other spots on the interwebs I decided to mount these +2 cm from boot center. The first day I took these out it was classic New England hardpack (a few weeks back before we started getting it good again). Actually I snapped one of my K2 PE's and I had these in the car so I wasn't really intending to take them out. My first impression was that this ski was not built for hardpack (which is obvious) as they were chattering a bit at speed and I was having trouble carving. I also initially thought this wouldn't be a good ski for the woods because of its size and weight. Luckily in the days since I've really figured out how to ski this thing. It was my first ski larger than 92 underfoot so it took me a few days to really dial this one, but this ski totally rips. I've taken it through the glades @ Jay Peak, some tight sidecountry lines on Mount Mansfield, day old cruddy pow remnants, bump runs and groomers and it eats it all up. Obviously this thing is not going to rip GS turns like my Superstar All Stars, but it can rip groomers. Once you get use to the rocker and how to turn this ski in variable conditions it will surprise you with it's quickness. It really does ski like a shorter ski without compromising it's burliness. I've alternated runs plowing through crud that others consider bulletproof with skiing really tight tree lines in powder. Considering that my initial impression of the ski as not really a "do-it-all" the versatility the ski has demonstrated really shocked me. With that being said I don't see this as my everyday ski. I'm luckily enough to have a decent ski quiver so this is reserved for days where there is snow, or will be some fresh snow in the woods. With the variable conditions we have to endure on the east coast it's sort of a reality that you can't ski 106's everyday. But this thing definitely rips once you get used to skiing it and don't give up on it after a few runs...it took me longer than usual to dial in to this one, but once I did it made it all worthwhile!

Love them
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PJ, what size did you go with?

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You never mentioned the size ski you have. Unless you bought the 186 or shorter I don't understand the comment "not going to rip GS turns like my superstar all stars". These skis in the right length (for example you need to ski 196) will rip GS turns better than Buddhi himself.

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Hi Guys...didn't see these comments until now. I've got them in 186. If I was to do it again now I would've gone with 194. I was worried about going longer because we ski a lot of tight, narrow lines here in VT. Just got back from UT and these rip the deep stuff really nicely. I've also got a lot more comfort making nice GS arcs in softer snow. Still having a little trouble making arcs down steeper terrain on harder surfaces...this could be operator error or maybe a length/mount issue. Truthfully it is not a big deal to me because I typically will only ski them if there is fresh snow, chop, or really soft spring snow. When I don't need the float I prefer the Head Mojo 94...it feels stiffer to me and easier for skiing hardpack and bumps when I don't need the float.

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