Volkl Gotama (2010)

Category: Men's Powder Super Wide; Category ranking: No. 1; Average score: 3.56; Balance of skills: 3.48; Best For: Smearing, surfy style in deep snow; Not For: Hard-snow carving or tight-spot quickness
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Category: Men's Powder Super Wide; Category ranking: No. 1; Average score: 3.56; Balance of skills: 3.48; Best For: Smearing, surfy style in deep snow; Not For: Hard-snow carving or tight-spot quickness
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Rating: / 5
Price: $825.00
Year: 2010
Level: 2
Gender: Male
Waist Width:
Tip/Tail/Waist: 137/106/122
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Stability at speed: 3.87 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.33 / 5
Crud performance: 3.68 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.68 / 5

You can center-mount the Gotama and ski backwards all day, if that’s your thing. But testers love the all-around skiability of Völkl’s original backcountry jib ski. The turned-up tail and the absence of metal make it forgiving and skiddable. It lacks the crud-crushing stability of, say, the flat-tailed Mantra (see Powder: Wide), and there are livelier skis in the group, but testers gave it high marks in all criteria. “Floats well and is quite maneuverable, despite the beefy feel,” said Sabanosh.