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A western classic that's only getting better with age.

During both big western storms and long sunny stretches of Rocky Mountain weather, the Volkl Gotma Ski carves aggressively solid arcs down any aspect, angle, or elevation of your home resort playground. For true all-mountain, all-weather chargers, this is a one-quiver ski that's worth its salt—the Gotama has proven itself time and time again as THE versatile big-mountain plank. Now fully rockered, this ski's floatation comes easy during deep storm days while the engineered ELP shape allows powerful edging as you dig into choppy groomers and windblown bowls.

  • Fully rockered profile and 107mm underfoot provide flotation and smearable turns in the deepest snow
  • Extended Low Profile (ELP) rockered shape engages your edges with the snow
  • Multi-Layer Sensorwood core, made with vertically laminated poplar and beech wood, provides a stable but forgiving and responsive flex for the whole gamut of snow conditions
  • Carbon reinforcement adds stability without lots of weight for busting through crud and crusty powder while also providing stability on the choppy groomers
  • Power / Tough Box Construction, a form of torsion box construction, yields powerful stability through its race-worthy vertical sidewalls
  • Just enough sidecut means the Gotma turns easily, especially as you lean into turns
  • Large sidecut means that this ski wants to go fast and make big, powerful turns

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Hey guys big fella here 6'5 290 pounds...

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Hey guys big fella here 6'5 290 pounds looking for stiff 105-115 wide and definitely over 190 cm. how's the gotama line up is it nice and stiff?
Cheers from down under

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Hey chris,

Thanks for the question. Looking at your vitals, the Volkl Gotama in the 190cm length would be a good option as it does have a stiffer flex pattern than 3/4s of the other 105mm to 115mm waisted skis out there. The only other options that I feel would work for you would be:

Head Skis USA Rev 105 Ski - 191cm

The HEAD skis Rev 105 would be close to the same flex pattern and has an easier/quicker turn shape but won't handle high speed turns as well.

Faction Skis 3.Zero Ski - 191cm

The Faction 3.Zero has great edge grip and turn shape while remaining slightly stiffer than the Gotama and the HEAD option. However, I wasn't impressed with the amount of float on this ski so if you are in fresh snow conditions often, the Gotama would be a better bet.

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The Goats.

I've been skiing on these for the last two and a half years. I've had them set up with a Marker F12 as touring/sidecountry ski which has worked really well. They are great in all kinds of conditions butI think they excel off piste in pow and crud. They are a little heavier than a lightweight set up but the weight is worth it for the skiing performance. I also ride them quite a lot in early season, I love hitting little booters on them and I sometimes take them through the park- they can handle it.

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I am wanting to compare the weight of the...

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I am wanting to compare the weight of the Gotama to the Blizzard Cochise.
I am/was a hard charging skier with racing background, but at 56 and aging knees, I am looking for a ski easier to swing in the powder and trees.

I'm 25, 6'3", 215 lbs and raced for 8...

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I'm 25, 6'3", 215 lbs and raced for 8 seasons in my early/mid teens, but still like to rip groomers and big tree lines. I've got a pair of RTM 84s in a 181cm that I use almost 100% of the time and a pair of Kuros in a 195cm that unfortunately don't get to see much time due to the lack deep stuff in Tahoe for the past 2 years (minus this Xmas...the Kuros were too sick).

I'm looking for something in the middle, probably in the 105 - 115mm range at the waist. Should I got with the 186cm Gotamas or something else? Thanks

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I'm shorter and lighter than you - 5'7" 169, and for the most part, really enjoy arcing on GS sticks and racing. Having said that, really enjoy the Gotamas (I've only ridden the recent versions with the ELP). I've tried the older Mantras, and the JJ's, Super7's and the Bodacious. The JJ's are a bit easier on super deep days, but you've got the Kuros. I prefer the traditional camber feel and find the Gotamas and the Bodacious have that "race ski" feel which I prefer, but with enough reverse camber to really throw it around off piste from 2" to 26"days (ride both in PA and in UT). Both grip and rip on groomers, but also super playful off piste - perhaps not as smeary as the JJ's and S7's, but loose enough to easily adjust your line on the fly - likely similar to how the Kuros are. There's tip flap with riding the Goats flat, but very calm when GSing short, medium, and large radius turns.

Like I'm sure you've already read, the Goats are a great one ski quiver.

Hope that helps.

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looking at gotamas for front/backcountry....

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looking at gotamas for front/backcountry. demoed and really liked them. wondering if line 100's will offer performance that I should consider. I have seen them used, with BC bindings. powder, crud, moguls, corduroy,, etc.

where do you recommend mounting these? I...

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where do you recommend mounting these? I have read volkl typically mounts towards the back on their center point marking. I would be looking to use this as an all mtn to powder ski, not as much in the park as I do already have a pair dedicated for that.

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I ski the 2012 model mounted with Marker Schizo bindings. These allow me to adjust the mounting position between -4 and +4 on the fly. After playing around for a season, I've decided that -1 is perfect in all conditions. I'm 6'3", 185 lbs and ski the 186 model and at -1 I've had enough float skiing in 30 inches of pow at baker, yet they still rip the groomers at that mounting point.

Trying to decide between the Gotamas,...

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Trying to decide between the Gotamas, Blizzard Cochise, Armada TST or JJ. I'm 33, 6'1, 210 lbs, former racer. I would use them most of the time, except if it was hard and hadn't snowed for a week or so (still have my old skis that carve great). Im really hoping for soemthing that will be easier in the deep snow but not be so specific that I'll hardly ever ski on them. Any recommendations?

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Cochise. If you are a former racer, I think you'll really like the feel of that ski. It is occasionally a bit much for someone who doesn't like to drive a ski and prefers to slash and pivot, but of that list I'd pick the Cochise every time for someone like you, even more so if you aren't planning to only bring it out on powder days (in which case I might lean towards the JJ on that list, or the Blizzard Bodacious). I'm having a great winter on my Atomic Automatics, but I feel like they should remain a dedicated pow ski so I say buy the Cochise and prepare to fall in love.

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Thanks, What length would you recommend?

hi i am 6'4"250 and 55 i have love my...

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hi i am 6'4"250 and 55 i have love my volkl 724s but want a pair of gotamas but im not sure what bindings to buy with them my 724s came with bindings

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I would suggest the Marker Jester....big and bombproof.......

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Great one ski quiver!

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

i love this ski! if you are looking for a reliable one ski quiver then look no further! floats on the pow even tho it has a slimmer waist, holds a very solid edge on groomers and in the moguls. all around a great ski.

Mark, Thanks for your thoughts and guidance...

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Mark, Thanks for your thoughts and guidance as that makes me lean toward Gotama. Any thoughts / experience / preference on Gotama vs. Salo Rocker 2 108?

Thanks in advance.

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K - I find the Rocker2 108 to be way too soft for my preferences. I like a stiffer ski,and that particular Rocker2 felt very noodly to me (to be fair I took 3 runs on it at a demo day). I love the shape of the Rocker2 and prefer the tapered tip and tails to a more tradditional shape, but for me the stiffer flex on the Gotama is more important. Another ski that fits what you are suggesting is the Blizzard Cochise. Totally different (rockered tip instead of full rocker), but it is another great ski that charges. Worth a look...

Trying to decide between Gotama or Shiro...

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Trying to decide between Gotama or Shiro for Colorado skiing? My objective: To supplement my current tele, quiver (Salomon Sentinel) with a more front side powder day oriented ski, yet still have mid day post morning powder, skied off carvability! Thoughts/guidance anyone?

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Tough choice because I like the Gotama for a daily driver and the full rocker profile means that it floats just fine despite the slimmer waist than most dedicated powder skis. If this is going to be a pow day ski, the Shiro is quite a bit fatter and still does pretty well on groomers. Neither ski is going to lay trenches like something with a bit of camber underfoot, but they will reward you when it gets deep. I've skied the Gotama for a season as my daily driver in Utah - if you're going to grab this ski for any time it has snowed, I'd do the Gotama. If you're only going for this ski when it is deeper (say 8+ inches?), get the Shiro. I have less time on the Shiro but think it's a blast. The only reason I don't have a pair is because I found the 183cm a touch short and the 193 a bit long for me. Can't go wrong either way!

Sorry, another length question. I am looking...

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Sorry, another length question. I am looking to step up from an old (2007, pre rocker) pair of 176 cm gotamas, and wondering if I should go 186 or 194? I am 6'1 and 180 lbs, and enjoy skiing very aggressively. I live in Bozeman, MT, and Bridger Bowl is home. Thanks!

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Kyle you're big enough to handle the big sticks so it's going to be up to you. Bridger has the terrain where you can open up the 194s and let them fly. That being said, I have skied both and I'm partial to the 186 on all but the deepest of days. I like being able to spin or ski tighter terrain and don't see much loss in flotation on the shorter boards. If you just mach all day long, go with the 194s. If trees are often on the menu, 186.

Responded on will do fine in all terrain...remember the rocker skis shorter...

What length would you recommend for me?


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What length would you recommend for me?

I was thinking of the 178cm but was wondering if this is too short.

I am 180cm, but fairly light at only 73kg.
Advanced, relatively aggressive skier, competent off-piste but still mastering my skills. Been skiing for 25 years, but only a few weeks each year, probably a level 8 skier.

Want the ski to ski mixed conditions, powder, crud, hardpack, slush, mostly off-piste with occasional short day touring.

Thanks for your help.

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There are a few things to consider here. First is what you want this ski to do - If you're looking for a quiver ski - to do mixed conditions - then I would look to something slightly more narrow, and with a more traditional camber mixed with an early rise rocker. The Volkl Mantra comes to mind right away. Any ski with a rocker is going to ski shorter than its stated length, meaning if you do choose to go with this ski, you could probably get the 186 and ski it well. That being said, it really depends on where you ski, but form what you're describing, I'd take a look at the mantra or something along those lines. It would also work a little better for those occasional day tours, IMHO. Good luck.

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I'm 5'11" and 170lbs, so similar to your size, maybe slightly larger. I ski the 186cm and it's been great for just about any condition I've thrown it on. Definitely not too long for me, even in trees or moguled runs. Even on chunky/hard snow it's handled it well which is not what I was expecting. The rocker is more gradual on this ski so that makes it better in the bad conditions as more of the edge tends to contact the snow with these than those with extreme rocker. For touring, I'd rethink a big ski though as I'd go for something more narrow and lightweight than this, but everyone has their preference. For downhill performance, this is a tough one to beat.

How does the Mantra and Gotama compare in...

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How does the Mantra and Gotama compare in the bumps as far as quickness and forgiveness?

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Hey matp48265,

Good to see another question. The Mantra tends to win this category as due to its narrower width is quicker edge to edge and is slightly more forgiving because of this, but the flex patterns of both are pretty similar. In the bumps, neither ski is optimal, but the Mantra once again wins out for the narrower waist allowing for quicker turn initiation and less edge to catch.

I have been skiing on the mantra (pre-tip...

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I have been skiing on the mantra (pre-tip rocker) and am planning on getting a new pair of something this year. Looking at the mantra again or the gotoma. I ski west about 15 days a year and enjoy steaps, crud and bumps. I am 47 and consider myself an aggressive skier (skies Corbets Coulier last year). Any thought between the two ski's?

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Hey matp48265,

Thanks for the question. For your particular situation, it depends on whether you'll use these skis near your home area as it sounds like you make a yearly trip out West to ski. If you will be using these skis somewhere like the Northeast or similar, go with the Mantra as it will be well suited for both Eastern and Western skiing. If you will just be doing your skiing out West, go with the Gotama as there's no need to hold back the width of the ski if you are only skiing in the West and there is a noticeable float difference between the two skis.

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In Utah, this is my "all mountain" ski. For your out west trips, this is a great ski that covers the whole mountain and will handle any western style snow well. I wouldn't trade this ski for anything else out here. If you're skiing this back east or in the midwest, it will probably feel pretty overkill on runs that aren't as steep and have the midwest downhill hockey style snow. I used to ski a 90mm waist shaped ski in Wisconsin and that was even way overkill for that snow/hardpack/ice, so you might want to go with something more narrow if you can only pick one. The Mantra will definitely be a better in between ski, but the Gotama would totally slay it at a place like Jackson.