• Völkl Gotama 2008

      • Review by PeterWojnar on Dec 31, 1969 @ 7:00 PM
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      • Review:

        Overall

        I've covered everything above, but here's a synopsis:  They rock.  Pow is their favorite, but they do well in all conditions.  The flex pattern is just right for me at 160 lbs, and they are way fun on every run.

        Performance

        They're pretty much perfect for what I do.  These are a second ski, so I'm not using them on the blue ice days, or even on the corn days.  For me, they are a ski to whip out when riding pow and a couple of days after.  I love them on the steepest stuff that's still got some soft on it.  Basically, if it's not packed down really well, I'll be on my Goats.

        Design

        They are amazingly cool looking.  The graphic is based in black, so they look super fast, and the pink on the topsheet glows in the dark.  Also cool is that if you look at the topsheet of one ski and the base of the other, they are the same thing, only the topsheet's at night and the base is during the day.

        They are pretty damn light for their width.  In fact, even though they're 105 mm underfoot, they weigh less than my other skis, which are only 84 mm.

        Value

        I got the Goats for a complete steal.  $420 flat, but I'd easily pay MSRP, no question.  I've used them in all conditions, and they do not disappoint, ever.  If you can only get one ski, the Goats will perform worse than GS skis on blue ice, pretty well on hardpack, and beyond belief in anything softer than frozen butter.  I haven't ridden too much park on them, but they are a super fun ski, and pretty light for the size.

        Fit

        I'm 6 feet tall, and I got the 176 cm length.  It is pretty much perfect, but I'm not too hefty at all at 160 lbs, so if you weigh more than average, get 'em longer.

        Characteristics

        It is just right:  soft enough to keep you up and around in the powder, but stiff enough to mow through crud and death cookies.  If you love to butter, then this ski is a bit stiff for you, but it won't keep you grounded if you are a butter pro.

        Durability

        The edges of the topsheet chip, as with any other laminate ski with an epoxy top layer, but it does not affect performance and makes you look that much more core.  Good luck trying to break these, they're rock solid.

        Ratings:
        • Terrain
          Park
          Pow
        • Design
          Clean
          Busy
        • Durability
          Fragile
          Durable
        • Weight
          Light
          Heavy
        • Style
          Uncool
          Cool
        • Flex
          Soft
          Stiff
        • Camber
          Cambered
          Rockered
        • Pop
          No Pop
          Poppy
        • Stability
          Jittery
          Stable
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    • Product Information
    • Name:
    • Gotama
    • Manufacturer:
    • Völkl
    • Year:
    • 2008
    • Gender:
    • Male
    • At A Glance
    • Terrain
    • Park
      Pow
    • Design
    • Clean
      Busy
    • Durability
    • Fragile
      Durable
    • Weight
    • Light
      Heavy
    • Style
    • Uncool
      Cool
    • Flex
    • Soft
      Stiff
    • Camber
    • Cambered
      Rockered
    • Pop
    • No Pop
      Poppy
    • Stability
    • Jittery
      Stable
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