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Volkl Gotama Skis 2011

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Volkl Gotama Skis 2011: The Dalai Lama himself couldn’t ask for a better big mountain ski. For those shredders who want a playful twin tip for big mountain riding, yet need something balanced enough to kick it in the groomers also. Check out the roaring switch capabilities of the Volkl Gotama Skis, or just cruise some pow in these floaty snow sticks. It’s all possible and it’s all delightful with the Volkl Gotama Ski.

Product Details

Shape

Utilizes Volkl’s Extended Low Profile (ELP) rocker design which features 4 key attributes working together to enhance performance. Volkl engineers continue to refine their rocker designs to adapt to various end uses, but the basic principle remains: an elongated, gradual bend, when put on edge, provides full, uniform edge/snow contact for better control on groomed snow, combined with unparalleled maneuverability in soft snow. These four key attributes are: 1) Round shape throughout: allowing easy smearing and speed control without sacrificing firm snow performance. 2) Flex: Flex zones are stiffer in the front, providing stability, and medium flex on the mid-body, for ease of turning on groomers. 3) ELP, each sidecut is specially formulated to the ski, aiding in performance on the snow, whether its powder or groomers. 4) Lower Tip Shape: provides a smooth ride on the groomed, and rides high in soft snow since there is a consistent bend throughout the ski.

Construction

Power construction powered by carbon features traditional vertical sidewalls. Featured throughout the Volkl freeskiing collection, this versatile, proven construction provides tremendous grip, stability, and sensitivity. Tough box construction features a multi-layer wood core wrapped with a composite/fiberglass sheath to create the ultimate resilience and snap for the freeskiing models. Surrounding the core in the mid-body of the ski, it adds snap, strength, and binding screw retention.

Flex

Multi-layer wood core with two different densities of wood. In the binding attachment area, a dense, ash core is used, while in the rest of the ski, the core is poplar. The more dense wood creates secure screw retention and stability, while the softer poplar section allows for resilience and snap.

Binding Compatibility

Requires brake width of 110mm to 120mm

Specs

  • Terrain: Powder More 
  • Ability Level: Advanced-Expert More 
  • Rocker Type: Rocker More 
  • Core/Laminates: Wood
  • Tail Type: Partial Twin Tip More 
  • Warranty: 1 Year
  • Tip Width (mm): 137
  • Waist Width (mm): 106
  • Tail Width (mm): 122
Size (cm) 170 178 186 194
Turning Radius (m) 23.6m 26.1m 28.8m 31.5m

Reviews

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Volkl Gotama Skis 2011
 
4.3

(based on 12 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good carving ability (8)
  • Great flotation (7)
  • Smooth ride (7)
  • Good grip (5)
  • Durable (3)

Cons

  • Heavy (5)

Best Uses

  • Powder (8)
  • Downhill (7)
  • Moguls (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Expert (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Gotama Rocker Shocker

Volkl has what most consider a cult following with their Gotama ski over the past several seasons. It was known for doing it all and doing all well. Mediocre was not in it's...Read complete review

Volkl has what most consider a cult following with their Gotama ski over the past several seasons. It was known for doing it all and doing all well. Mediocre was not in it's vocabulary. While Volkl may have broken from tradition with the shape of the ski ie: Camber (previous models) vs Rocker (2010 model) they did not break from tradition with the versatility or performance of the ski. The rocker technology is not like many skis out there, it is essentially one shallow curve. Think continuous rocker on a wakeboard or a convex curve on a telescope. The tip and tail have been lowered closer to the snow as well. Once standing on the ski you essentially created a flat ski that with a very subtle rocker tip to tail. This translates to a forgiving yet very reliable edge hold. I bombed the Gotama down groomers and crud and it railed through both. The subtle rocker created an effortless transition from edge to edge without sacrificing grip at speeds. Definitely very surprised by how well it skied. Typically I prefer a softer flexing ski, but the stiff/medium flex helped me feel confident at speeds.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Don't believe the hype

I finally tried a pair of Gotamas after hearing everyone rave about them, and I honestly wasn't impressed. The ski isn't a bad ski by any stretch of the imagination. They ski fast...Read complete review

I finally tried a pair of Gotamas after hearing everyone rave about them, and I honestly wasn't impressed. The ski isn't a bad ski by any stretch of the imagination. They ski fast and set carves nicely. And the ski is nice and stiff unlike other skis with similar dimensions (obSETHed). It was just that in soft snow, they didn't turn as easily as I would have liked. For me, they would have been better suited for bigger lines rather than tree skiing. They do ski more true to size than other rockers though, which is a plus for those worried about picking a size.

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Gotama Rocker Shocker

By 

from Seattle, Wa

About Me Advanced Skier

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Pros

  • Durable
  • Forgiving
  • Good Carving Ability
  • Good Grip
  • Smooth Ride
  • Versatility
  • Vibration Absorbent

Cons

  • Break from tradition
  • Flattened Tip and Tail
  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • All-mountain
  • Downhill
  • Powder

Comments about Volkl Gotama Skis 2011:

Volkl has what most consider a cult following with their Gotama ski over the past several seasons. It was known for doing it all and doing all well. Mediocre was not in it's vocabulary. While Volkl may have broken from tradition with the shape of the ski ie: Camber (previous models) vs Rocker (2010 model) they did not break from tradition with the versatility or performance of the ski. The rocker technology is not like many skis out there, it is essentially one shallow curve. Think continuous rocker on a wakeboard or a convex curve on a telescope. The tip and tail have been lowered closer to the snow as well. Once standing on the ski you essentially created a flat ski that with a very subtle rocker tip to tail. This translates to a forgiving yet very reliable edge hold. I bombed the Gotama down groomers and crud and it railed through both. The subtle rocker created an effortless transition from edge to edge without sacrificing grip at speeds. Definitely very surprised by how well it skied. Typically I prefer a softer flexing ski, but the stiff/medium flex helped me feel confident at speeds.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great skis for strong skiers

By 

from Alta/Bird

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Good Carving Ability
  • Good Grip
  • Great Flotation
  • Smooth Ride

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Poor workmanship

Best Uses

  • Powder

Comments about Volkl Gotama Skis 2011:

I used these skis all season(2010) at Alta/Bird and I had a blast on all kinds of conditions especially on deep pow. They are a little handful on big moguls. Skiing the tight trees, chutes, bowls, occasional groomers and hucking are a breeze with these skis. I'm 5'3", 125lbs and I ski on 178 with Marker Baron binding. My only complain about the skis are its cheap, poor quality workmanship, the tip and sides of the skis are very easily chipped and gouged, for an expensive skis they should have at least used a very high quality materal along the sides. Other than my complained its a great all mountain skis coming from skiing from an older version of the ski, these skis are even better!

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

One Ski Quiver

By 

from Seattle, WA

About Me Advanced Skier

Our employees buy and use the gear we sell all the time! When our staff writes a review, we identify it with this evoCrew Staff badge.

Pros

  • Good Carving Ability
  • Great Flotation
  • Smooth Ride

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

    Comments about Volkl Gotama Skis 2011:

    For the last few years it has been the case the if your ski had rocker and skied well in the soft snow, then it most certainly didn't perform well on the hardpack. With that, those who touted themselves as true skiers often carried around two pairs of skis and selected them depending on the conditions of the day. Now, if there is 20 inches of new snow on the ground I still suggest grabbing the biggest ski you can find, but if there is anything else, the 2010 Volkl Gotama is the perfect ski.

    Volkl drastically changed their Gotama for 2010 and in doing so they made an even better ski. (hard to do though, the old Gotama was the gold standard of all-mtn. wide twins) This year's Gotama is fully rockered with enough stiffness to carve on the hardpack and bust through the crud. Its rocker allows you to float in the soft snow and slide the ski easily making it quick and playful. I was immediately surprised by how well this ski did in so many places.

    If you are looking for one ski to do almost everything, this is a great ski for you. If you are looking for true powder ski that you will only be bringing out on the deepest of days, check out something wider under foot.

    (1 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Good SKi

    By 

    from San Fransisco

    About Me Advanced

    Pros

    • Good Carving Ability
    • Great Flotation

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Downhill
    • Moguls
    • Powder

    Comments about Volkl Gotama Skis 2011:

    Great Great Ski holds an edge well but heavy in the powder. So close to buying them but didnt because they are slightly too heavy. PS I am a big boy 6"0 205 all muscle but these guys gave me a workout

     
    5.0

    Super Fun!!!

    By 

    from Sandpoint, Id

    About Me Expert

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Carving Ability
    • Great Flotation
    • Lots of Power
    • Nimble
    • Smooth Ride

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Downhill
      • Powder
      • Telemarking

      Comments about Volkl Gotama Skis 2011:

      Love the ski. The rocker makes ski more forgiving. They charge through crud and are supper smooth in powder.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      4.0

      great powder and deep forgiving crud ski

      By 

      from Everett WA

      About Me Expert

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Great Flotation
      • Lightweight
      • Smooth Ride

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Downhill
        • Powder

        Comments about Volkl Gotama Skis 2011:

        very happy with this product as a specialty ski for powder and even forgiving crudy conditions

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        4.0

        Solid Ski!

        By 

        from Vancouver, BC

        About Me Expert

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Good Carving Ability
        • Good Grip
        • Stiff

        Cons

        • Heavy
        • Medium Flotation
        • Top sheet scratches easy

        Best Uses

        • Downhill
        • Icy Conditions
        • Moguls
        • Powder

        Comments about Volkl Gotama Skis 2011:

        The Gotama is a great ski. I was looking for a stiffer ski (used to ski on Line Prophets) so this is exactly what I wanted. I have a racing background and really like the feel of the ski.

        I feel like in powder it could float a bit more and I use the ski to tour sometimes and I have noticed how heavy it is a little bit.

        Overall the ski guarantees a good time!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        4.0

        Fantastic All Mountain Ski

        By 

        from Vancouver, BC

        About Me Expert

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Good Carving Ability
        • Good Grip
        • Great Flotation
        • Smooth Ride

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Downhill
          • Moguls
          • Powder

          Comments about Volkl Gotama Skis 2011:

          The skis are super fun on groomers and off piste conditions and also give you tons of float on the powder days.

          They do start to chatter at high speeds but it is not to bad or unexpected for a ski with a bit of flex and a rocker.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          "I would buy this product again"

          By 

          from Kansas City,MO

          About Me Expert

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Carving Ability
          • Good Grip
          • Great Flotation
          • Lightweight
          • Smooth Ride

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Downhill
            • Powder

            Comments about Volkl Gotama Skis 2011:

            I used them for the first time at the Canyons in Park City, Utah and they were awesome. I had read reviews saying that they were too heavy, and I can honestly say that I didn't have an issue with the weight. I'm 6 ft 170 lbs and I ski a 186. They were extremely easy to control and turning in the trees was a breeze and they also had a great deal of float in the powder in the backcountry. One thing that I don't care for is the fact that they chip rather easily. Other than that they are one of the most enjoyable skis I have tried.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            4.0

            All mountain destroyer

            By 

            from evo

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            Comments about Volkl Gotama Skis 2011:

            The Gotama can do it all. It is more of a reverse camber than rocker since there is no flat spot on this ski. I was very surprised by how well this ski was everywhere. It could really hold its own in bumps and crud, and could even carve well. It skis super consistent everywhere and is lots of fun. Could be a super fun daily driver and is for the skier that likes to ski fast and hard through everything.

             
            5.0

            Quiver Killer!!

            By 

            from Seattle, WA

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            Comments about Volkl Gotama Skis 2011:

            Take all the other skis in your quiver and set them aside cause this ski kills it!! It's the most solid set of all mountain pow sticks money can buy. They're not super stiff, but not softies either keeping them versatile enough for any situation. The slight rocker lets you turn quickly and effortlessly while still holding the edge you would expect from a camber. Give 'em a try and get stoked!

             
            3.0

            Don't believe the hype

            By 

            from Seattle, WA

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            Comments about Volkl Gotama Skis 2011:

            I finally tried a pair of Gotamas after hearing everyone rave about them, and I honestly wasn't impressed. The ski isn't a bad ski by any stretch of the imagination. They ski fast and set carves nicely. And the ski is nice and stiff unlike other skis with similar dimensions (obSETHed). It was just that in soft snow, they didn't turn as easily as I would have liked. For me, they would have been better suited for bigger lines rather than tree skiing. They do ski more true to size than other rockers though, which is a plus for those worried about picking a size.

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