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post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 

Hi

 

I am switching from traditionally cambered skis [older Rossi Bandit XXX] at 178 cm to some 2013 Volkl Gotamas [178 or 186].  Any thoughts on the length I should go with?  I understand that the rockered skis may ski a little shorter because of the rise front and back.

 

I'm 6', 175 lbs, expert/advanced, and will be doing on and off piste [mostly off] at Whistler Blackcomb, so plenty of heavy, chopped up snow.

 

Thanks

post #2 of 7
Never skied the gotamas, but based on your size and skiils you should be able to handle the 186 or skis such cochise 185
post #3 of 7

All tip and tail rockered skis feel relatively short when at lower edge angles because some of the ski is disconnected from the snow. The fully rockered skis feel shorter yet. Keep in mind however, that flex is part of the equation too and the Gotama is not a noodly ski by any means and not exceptionally nimble feeling.

 

So........the length thing is not hard and fast as personal preferences and real world ability and aggressiveness plus your terrain all play in. It is always a tradeoff of stability vs. manuverability and longer is more stable. Common thinking is toward the 186 and I'd concur with that although not adamantly so. You are not a real heavy guy and if you have a lot of tree skiing or three days after, half bumped out runs on the agenda, the 178 is not a horrible idea. 

 

SJ

post #4 of 7
Thread Starter 

Thanks --- that is very useful. I'll likely go with the 186. Should be fun: New skis, winter off work, and a mid-week pass at Whistler-Blackcomb. 40-50 day season, maybe.

post #5 of 7
I'm almost exactly your ht. wt. & ability and happily skied the 184 pre rockered for years in Utah. Whistler =186
post #6 of 7
I'm your size and level, and enjoyed the non-rockered Gotamas in the 183 size at Whistler. I'd recommend the 186 over the 178. 178 might work; 186 will likely work better.
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Originally Posted by SierraJim View Post
 

All tip and tail rockered skis feel relatively short when at lower edge angles because some of the ski is disconnected from the snow. The fully rockered skis feel shorter yet. Keep in mind however, that flex is part of the equation too and the Gotama is not a noodly ski by any means and not exceptionally nimble feeling.

 

So........the length thing is not hard and fast as personal preferences and real world ability and aggressiveness plus your terrain all play in. It is always a tradeoff of stability vs. manuverability and longer is more stable. Common thinking is toward the 186 and I'd concur with that although not adamantly so. You are not a real heavy guy and if you have a lot of tree skiing or three days after, half bumped out runs on the agenda, the 178 is not a horrible idea. 

 

SJ

 

the gotama is VERY nimble feeling to me. .....  while being stable...

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