These are my first 'powder' skis. I was previously skiing all-mntn or freestyle skis (even though I'm not a freestyle guru). I'm 189cm, and since I was coming from typical carving skis, I was afraid of length. I decided to get 186cm variant, which seemed long (my previous skis were up to 180cm long).
Now my impressions.. At first, it felt super weird to ski them, as they have no camber. It's a full rocker construction. But after very few runs on groomers, I started to feel them. Since these few initial runs, I had a chance to test them in few resorts across europe, both on groomers and in the powder.
In groomers, they hold all kinds of pack with ease. What really surprised me, was that even though they seem to flex quite a lot, they still cut through the hard, icy snow much better than all other skis I had. At the same time, they do not give your knees a blast that they usually get when you try to race 'soft', flexible skis on a hard pack (when knees act as a spring). Gotamas hold the ice firmly. Due to a crappy powder conditions this year across Europe, I didn't have a chance to test them in super deep powder, but I did run them through quite a few unmarked trails in moderate powder of different kinds. They show they're potential in soft, light powder. It's just like floating. It takes no strength to take turns, and it's easy to forget how fast they can float! You don't actually need to lean back to make sure they float.
In deeper, heavier snow, I started to regret I did not make my gotamas 194cm long. They started to sink a little bit, but leaning back just a little bit fixed the problem.
+ Super solid performance on groomers,
+ Full potential in light powder,
+ Relatively easy to control,
+ Super easy to turn,
I haven't really noted one so far.
One advice for potential buyers: DON'T BE AFRAID OF A LENGTH!