Originally Posted by skyrocket101
Bandit Man, what bindings are you installing and if I may ask, where did you buy your Gotamas and how much you paid? )))) Also, could you tell me your weight and height, I got the asnwer for your question, I skied my friend's 176 Gotamas last year and they really felt short.
Is there a difference between 2003 and 2004 Gotamas? I heard that the sidewalls are improved on this year Gotama and they got stiffer, is that right?
Glad to hear that you skied a Gotama. You sound like you might like the 190, but for the record, I have never heard of someone saying that the 190 was in anyway short or not enough ski. I can imagine that for your size and ability, the 176 felt really squirrelly.
I had a pair of near new 914's with minimal lift from my 189 Seth Pistols that I parted with earlier in the seasons, so those are going on the Got's. If I was buying a new binding for them, I would have gone with a Look P12 or P14...just like those a little better these days.
I debated between the 183 and 190 myself. At 5'8" and 175 lbs, I could go either way. However, since I have a 190 Explosiv in the quiver, coupled with the fact that I'm nursing a shoulder re-build, I went a little more conservative. Mind you, I have too many fat skis (admitting you have a problem is the first step), and wanted more of an all-mtn, pow ski versus an AK-deep-day only board.
Supposedly the 04-05 ski has an improved (translate: less likely to crack) sidewall. However, I think Descender has developed a crack or two in his newer 190's. Volkl also stiffened it a tad with either beefer edges, steel edge protectors or a combo of both. I haven't been on the first gen Gotama, but the 04-05 does feel a little more substantial on the good ole "hand-flex" test.
I got mine from a guy on this site. I'm not sure what the story was, but he gave me a nice competitive price. I'm not sure if he owns a shop or was just looking to move a pair he had...anyhow I really scored and I'll leave it at that.