The Gotama is a very versatile big mountain ski perfect as an everyday ski for places that receive 250 inches of annual snow or more. For this reason it is often found on the feet of strong intermediate to expert level skiers who prefer off-piste terrain with the occasional groomer for warm up. Using a Multi Layer Sensorwood core the Gotama creates a unique blend between charging power, playful liveliness, and decent groomed terrain performance. At a sizable 107mm underfoot the Gotama certainly has the ability to float in soft snow and handle larger snowfalls but stays under the 110 mark meaning it still has some edge to edge quickness keeping it from feeling cumbersome on hardpack. Another reason for the versatility of the Gotama is the Power Construction which takes a traditional race build and replaces the metal with carbon fiber. This leave the Gotama with a lively attitude and tremendous edge hold so once it rolls onto edge there is no doubt it will hold no matter the snow pack. To truly dial the Gotama in for off piste performance it gets ELP Full Rocker, so from tip to tail it is pure rocker with zero camber, meaning it will plane over crud soft snow and crust without a second thought allowing you to either smear and slide or charge in high speed arcs. Also, the ELP Rocker means the Gotama initiates turns with less effort and provides tip to tail edge contact when rolled over for even better grip on groomed and hard pack. Truly a ski that knows no boundaries and suits any skiing style, the Gotama is the definition of Big Mountain versatility.
Multi Layer Sensorwood Core - Creates The Perfect Flex For Effortless Float And Carving Ability
Power Construction - Vertical Sidewalls With An Internal Torsion Box Provide Tremendous Grip, Stability, and Sensitivity
Powered By Carbon - A Carbon Fiber Layer Within The Core Adds Stability, Liveliness, And Snap
ELP Full Rocker - Tip To Tail Rocker With Zero Camber For Unlimited Maneuverability In Soft Snow And Clean, Graceful Arcs On Groomed Terrain
I'm halfway through my second season on these Gotamas. I believe I have around 35 days on them. They have definitely grown on me.
The good: Probably the most remarkable thing I've noticed is how they gobble up pretty much everything. They're way too chunky for actually skiing through moguls, but it seems like every good tree run ends up in the bumps. With these there's no need to worry or even adjust, just keep them pointed downhill and they'll devour bumps head-on better than most skis can handle little chunks of crud. These skis show absolutely no respect for anything but big and fast. They only have a little bit of rocker so at high speed they are still laser sharp (and for east coasterners I guess that'd be good since you'll have more edge to grab with.) Also, they switch efforlessly (even at low speeds because the twin tips are well balanced) and they're easy to steer going backwards.
As much as I love these skis, there are some cons: Like I said they dont have much rise so you can feel the full weight of them at times. So they're not super quick and in tight trees you have no chance. At lower speeds they start to complain and act a little passive aggressive. Also, after 35 some days my tips now look like they've been getting gnawed on by a miniature beaver or something. I'm worried they're going to clack each other to death one of these days. They take chips out of each other each time they touch, but they're so fat they can't help but hit and they're getting beat up pretty good. I wonder how much they can take. Its the same with all fattys as far as I can tell and I don't understand why manufacturers still fail to do anything at all about it (just reinforce the tips, duh. It's so obvious and simple!)
Overall I'd say these skis are ruthless and agressive predators that demand respect and are naturally driven to dominate.