Sorry, but I have to reply. Yes the cat guides are sponsored by Salomon. And yes, most of the clients on the cats are on demo/rental PRs which they rented the night before, either in J-Hole or from GT. Even when some clients show up with other mid-fats or fats, the guides send them down to the rental shop and specifically tell them to rent PRs. By sharing locker space with the cat guides, one gets the inside track.
But back to the Gotama's
I've been on my 183's now for about a month. Unfortunately, we've been under a severe high pressure for the past 2 weeks. The Gotama's have been a great crud & corn ski. Just lay they on edge and they will go through anything/go anywhere. You have to be skiing at least at "GS" speeds in order for the ski to perform. It is a rather deceiving ski, where it flexes so soft longitudinally, but is very stiff torsionally. Thus, if you want to go, put it in edge. On the groomed, it skis like a 213 SG. Everywhere else, it's incredible. "Smearing" or "Surfing" the turn off of any hit is the way to go, just have your speed.
Also, I skied the '05 Gotama and liked it even more. It is a little stiffer due to the 2 titinal stringers just underneath the topskin. This also protects the topsheet more from chipping. I skied it with the bindgins 2 cm forward and I skied it center. On the groomed with the bindings 2 cm forward, the ski turned much quicker, but I didn't like that set up as much as "centered" in the crud, powder & corn. Kind of the difference between slalom and GS turns. For me, I'll stay centered. [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]