I have an opportunity to buy 2011 Gotamas at a very good price on clearance. I want to replace my 188cm Salomon guns with something quicker and more maneuverable. With the Rocker of the Gotama I expect this will have a big impact I was also thinking about dropping down in length and go with the 178cm Gotama.
I am 6'1" 175-180lbs 50 year old expert. Ski out west mainly Whistler. I am fit and ski just about everything, trees, bumps steeps etc. The ski is intended mainly for soft snow days but once things are tracked out it will still need to ski crud and groomers. I have a pair of Salomon Fury's I use when surfaces get too hard
I have no problem with float on the 188 Gun. I figure with the rocker and greater width of the Gotama I could drop the length without loosing anything with float in powder yet gain some in maneuverability. Although tall I am not that heavy so again could probably get away with the shorter ski. From reading some of the threads it seems people reviewing the 186 version are upwards of 200lbs which I am not.
So the question is do you think the 178 Gotama would work well for what I want or would this be a mistake and should I go with the 186?