Volkl Gotama (2007)

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Rating: / 5
Price: $795.00
Year: 2007
Level: 3
Gender: Male
Waist Width:
Tip/Tail/Waist: 133/105/124
Lengths: 168, 176, 183, 190

Stability at speed: 3.44 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.03 / 5
Crud performance: 3.76 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.30 / 5

Pro Völkl makes wider skis (Sumo, Sanouk), but the popular Gotama—now in its fourth year—aims to be a twin-tipped powder ski that’s fun to ride when it hasn’t snowed recently. Testers deemed it one of the burlier skis in the test. A layer of spring steel gives its wood-core laminate construction integrity but doesn’t dampen the ride or add excessive weight. Its hard-snow performance is unmatched in this category, but beware: Despite a slightly wider tip and tail this year, its still-modest sidecut would rather go down the hill than across it. Wheatleigh called it "floaty and manageable in tight terrain." Gotama skiers may not know much about self-denial, but they can sniff out the path to Nirvana every time. Con Might be a little too burly for weekend powder hounds who prefer easy float over power.