Volkl Gotama (2010) - Ski Mag

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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Rating: / 5
Price: $825.00
Year: 2010
Level: 2
Gender: Male
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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.

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The original backcountry twin-tip returns with minor modification this year. It’s fully, but subtly, rockered, with a long, gradual tip-to-tail bend. Völkl takes care to make sure rocker and sidecut work together: Tip a Gotama up on groomers, and there’s plenty of edge-to-snow contact for easy carving. But it’s built for soft snow. It surfs and smears readily in powder and smoothly manages crud. There were more dynamic skis in the test, but the Gotama won accolades for versatility and mellow user-friendliness. “A versatile tool for powder and crud—even carves on hardpack; fun and easy,” said Casey.