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2010 Volkl Gotama Ski


Pros: Wood core, dampness, graphics

Cons: ELP, inconsistent performance, construction quality

Me - 6'1" 190lbs level 7-8, aggressive skier in PNW. Demo, try new skis often.

These were my 3rd Volkl freeski in 2 years. Owned 185 Bridge - liked but far too stiff for there length, 177's would have been great but too little edge length. Not sure they deserved such high praise, kind of a ex racers twin.

2008 Katana - great ski, construction a bit too light and bent them but otherwise a great highly versatile ski. Bit much energy for heavy PNW snow but otherwise a deserved benchmark ski in it's size /style category.


Volkl 2010 Gotama - sadly I never had the older models which I suspect I would have loved based on my current skis and experience with the Katana's.


Initially I liked the skis combination of traits and ski ability. worked pretty much everywhere but as I got to ski them more I noticed my skiing getting worse and kept having to adjust my style of skiing more than usual for the conditions. I recently picked up a pair of Kastle MX78's for frontside skiing and feel out of love with my Gotama's  almost overnight. A few days on the MX78's and the skis litter ally schooled me in what I was doing wrong and the bad habits I had developed skiing the Gotama's. I came to appreciate the traditional camber underfoot, dampness, superior stability and quality of the Kastle's. After a epic day in 2 ft of fresh in Whistler with less than stellar results on the Got's I put em up for sale.


I search reviews and suspected that the Elan Olympus, much like a slightly softer Katana with tip rise might be a good choice. Found some mint used ones in a 183, bit shorter than my usual size which I felt may be a good thing since I found the 190 Kantan's a bit of a handful in trees. The result? an absolutely superior choice for me at least in every ski situation I have encountered in the past month. Much better in pow, more maneuverable, as stable, lighter, much, much better on the groomers and superior quality bases (their flat, and much faster) and top sheets that don't peel and chip. They ski like a traditional ski everywhere you want them to and are a riot in powder. They let me transfer between ski's easier an improve on my skiing.




Pros: Perfect i heavy powder, rain, and crud

Cons: Not Many, can be chattery if you don't stay on it.

This is a repete of a Gotam review in another thread, added here since this seems to be the review area...

Gotama 2010.  I was in the market for Mantras and ended up demoing the 2010 Gotama as an afterthought.  So far I have 8 days on the 178 and 186 (I bought the 186, but would have been just as happy with the 178 for reasons below).   Stats: 210#, 6'0, Level 8-9+/-.  All of my skiing on these has been East coast, and I was fortunate to have 2 new snow days (9" and 10") a rain/winter mix day, and an ice cold hard pack day.   Overall I love the ski.

The 178 skis VERY short, so short it is fun.  It is extremely quick, yet is is stable at high speed.  Clearly a better choice for East Coast trees (for me), and a better choice for crowded conditions or just to have fun "carving" in crud and snow.  The float was sufficient in all cases EXCEPT in late afternoon crud. In this case the tip slapped a bit and you felt a bit tossed when plowing through.  Previously I had AC4 (170) and they felt the same.  (could also be my balance was not so good at the end of the day).  The 178 was superior in edge hold on steeps and icy conditions, and turned on ice like the AC4, but with a bit more effort.  There seems to be a sweet spot that you loose on ice if you go to shallow or too far up on the edge.  Either way it was easy to maintain and I had no problem keeping a faster than normal pace on ice.   The float was good, no "hooking" or "diving" (this is heavier snow), and I would say it was sufficient for my size.  Held boot center to boot center with a pair of 172 Vist X-free and 172 Volkl Grizleys  the 178 Gotama's tip is actually a bit shorter, and the first contact is several inches back due to the rocker design.  This then means the tail is much longer.  The noticeable effect is the ski turns short and tight, and is still stable.

The 186 is a different ski.  It seems MUCH longer.   Doing the same comparison witht he Volkl Grizley and Vist X-Free (172's) the 186 Gotama's tip is about even and the tail is significantly longer.
The ski floats really well and allows medium and long turns with no problems.  Tight turns were possible but harder, but tight smeared turns were very easy.  Mid-day "moguls" were no problem either to navigate or to just ski over.  The ski shined on the crud at the end of the day.  I found myself hopping over small bumps without trying or realizing it at first.  The ski landed extremely smoothly.
The edge hold was as good as the 178, but the maneuverability was down.  Both the tip and tail fee longer and feel more engaged on the 186.

My choice was for an East Coast ski for those few days we have new good snow, and for the days with crud.  The 186 was the choice and the Gotma was the best I have had the chance to ski.  The 178 would have been a better choice for someone who spends more time in tight trees on the fresh snow days (in my opinion).

More stats: both skis had Marker Griffin mounted boot center on the Volkl Reference.  I bought the "demo" slider for my Griffions ($15 extra) and plan to try them with a rear mount later.
Other skis: Volkl Ac4 170, Vist X-free 172, Volkl AlStar, Salomon Scream Hot.

Hope this helps. 

UPDATE: another 5 or so days on the skis and I like them more.  I find even on iced up days they are great if tou want a smooth ride over pushed up/crudded up snow.   They are a bit more work than my other skis, but worth it.  I find the more time I spend in the bumps with them the more I like them..  I am marginal here, and the ski raised my level.  
A friend who is an ex-college race team, etc, good skier, used them and liked them but found the feel a bit tentative.  Some have noted this about the rocker.  I find you either need to ski the center of the ski on hard pack and perhaps get some chatter or marginal feedback, or you get on the tips a bit more than other skis...     prospetive buyers may want to demo to test this aspect.    
Update 2: the 178 was strongly recommended for the east coast and I got the 186 due to the rocker and demoing both.  This was a good choice for me, the 186 is much smoother and floats better...  


Pros: Fun Ski, could be a 1 ski quiver

Cons: Does Everything well but not great

 The ski is a lot of fun. 

It is very maneuverable, handles about everything, can make tight turns as well as gs turns.

This ski does everything really well but not great.

Don't get me wrong, this was one of my favorite skis I have been on this winter. 


I enjoyed the Kuro better on powder days and the performance of the Goat on hard pack at high speeds will keep me from riding this ski on fast groomer days.

If I could have only one ski, this would be it, but since I have a quiver, I don't think there is any room for this one.

I have to note that I ride primarily at Mammoth Mountain, so the ice days are very limited. If I lived on the east coast where ice is more common, I would skip this ski all together because like I said above, it does not like to go fast on hard pack, the tips and tails chatter like crazy.

2010 Volkl Gotama Ski

When news broke that the award-winning, cult-worshipped Volkl Gotama had been completely redesigned, skiers around the world felt the shock for days and wandered sightless, lost in a void, crying out in pain. Luckily, the result is a ski so incomparably freaking awesome that it just might drive former devotees senseless with ecstasy. From Platonically smooth groomed runs and the deepest of powder dreams to the nerve-wracking, hellish reality of chopped, sun-baked and refrozen crud, the new Gotama utilizes Volkl's revolutionary rockered, flex-tuned ELP profile to provide unmatched versatility and unshakeable confidence in variable conditions. Where the old Goat was merely great, the new reaches jaw-dropping levels of performance and intuitive handling. All the traits that inspired admiration for its ancestors, this latest incarnation possesses to the point of disbelief. It is fast, it is fun, it will ski anything, and it will show you just how much you can love an inanimate object.

Lengths178cm, 186cm, 194cm
Dimensions137 / 106 / 122mm
Turn Radius[178cm] 26.1m; [186cm] 28.8m; [194cm] 31.5m
ConstructionSandwich Powerbox
Core MaterialSensorwood with Carbon
Binding SystemNo
Binding IncludedNo
Recommended UsePowder, crud, all-mountain, advanced to expert
Manufacturer Warranty1 Year
Recommended BindingNo
Binding Type
Model Year
Recommended Level
Recommended use
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC
Size: 186cm109442-186821264394779
Size: 170cm109442-170821264394809
Size: 194cm109442-194821264394793
Size: 178cm109442-178821264394786
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