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08 Volkl Skis

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Looks like the Toyota of skis, a ski for every occasion.
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An impressive collection, yet very few attract my attention. The Gotama is a proven wide carver, fun everywhere on the mountain, The Mantra in a wider ski is a strong contender, and the Katana as a rockered wide ski looks to be the powder and freeride ski this year. So much overlap in many models. Sumo, is probably in its last year.
post #4 of 22
Cirk:

You are experiencing Volkl dislexyia. The Mantra is the wide carver the goat is the wider softer ski. I don't know anybody who describes the Got as a wide carver.

drop and gimme fitty you pathetic looozer.........

See how perky I get when I'm not working???...........

SJ
post #5 of 22
They are all here on retail or demo in NZ. They are keeping their usual strong reputation and will continue to suit the stronger or more lively skier. They certainly look good. There are lots of Tigers being bought by aspiring Cert II instructors - no complaints from them.

Even the power Switches are getting a good rap from the trainers.

It is amusing to see a series of 94mm + waisted ski described as a carver?!?!?!

Yes we can all carve on our powder skis on the way back to the car park but they are only fun on the groomed at the kind of speeds that get your season pass punched (well it would get punched if Mountain safety could ski fast enough to catch you!).
post #6 of 22
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Originally Posted by Cirquerider View Post
Sumo, is probably in its last year.
I lost interest when they ditched the leather with that horrible graphic. I understand that leather is not a very suitable topsheet. However, I wanted a pair for my living room, goddammit. (mounted, of course.)
post #7 of 22
Oh I don't know the black ones would make a very good coffee table (pair) or book shelves (singley). Go for it I say there has to be a few unskiable pairs out there that would be up for grabs for nix.
post #8 of 22
I'm going to look at the Bridge this year. I hadn't heard much about it until I posted about a ski to replace my karma.

Has anyone tested this new option from Volkl?
post #9 of 22
Yes. There are numerous reviews.

Overall concensus is it's the baby Gotama. A big improvement over the Karma as an 'all mountain' ski.
post #10 of 22
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Originally Posted by Andrew R View Post
It is amusing to see a series of 94mm + waisted ski described as a carver?!?!?!
That was intended only within the context of a comparison vs. the Gotama. Certainly, the Mantra is a pretty poor "carver"....but it's better than the Goat.

SJ
post #11 of 22
"mass produced skiers use mass produced skis..."




i just purged my 2005 Karmas and am about to purge the Mantras...i had my run with Volkls, now i'm supporting the medium sized guys (Blizzard) and the small guy (AK, Lib Tech) and the antiquated guy (Volant).

still, some of those look interesting, albeit for the loud graphics (the first gen Mantras are still the sickest with the slate black and orange).
post #12 of 22
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Originally Posted by SierraJim View Post
That was intended only within the context of a comparison vs. the Gotama. Certainly, the Mantra is a pretty poor "carver"....but it's better than the Goat.

SJ
I dunno Jim...I thought those Gots made pretty discrete trenches in the snow. Carver gets to be a relative term when you rarely ski a waist width less than 100 mm. But then again, it hardly snowed last year. I should probably get something wider in anticipation of more snow this year.

Dropping and giving 50 is an exercise for skiers with skinny waists. Last I checked, that certainly didn't describe either of us.
post #13 of 22
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Originally Posted by Cirquerider View Post
...the Katana as a rockered wide ski looks to be the powder and freeride ski this year...
Is it rockered or just zero camber? I thought it was the later, although I have never seen pair to confirm. Sounds like fun either way.
post #14 of 22
The general buzz has been flat (including from dealers). But that squaretail guy, who usually sorta seems to know his Volkl stuff , sez a tiny bit of reverse.
post #15 of 22
The brochure is one page short. The left out the supersport page with the Allstars and 5s.

Probably a good year to buy last years 5s.
post #16 of 22
thinking of getting a pair of the goats myself
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Volkl Line has been out for a while on the EU site, the only change I see is the Twintips have been added. And any one who knows people who work at shops, they have had the line up since March.

I'm liking the 10ft, might be what I am going to base my all mountains off of next year. Also, why would they strip the Tiger of its strips on the RT?
post #18 of 22
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Originally Posted by Andrew R View Post
They are keeping their usual strong reputation and will continue to suit the stronger or more lively skier.
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post #19 of 22
Andrew R -
I'm a Patroller in Colorado, and trust me, we can ski fast enough to catch you if we need to ... except I'm on that 105mm ski and I'm already skiing too fast to pay attention to you Oddly enough, I'm Andrew R too ... wierd

andy
post #20 of 22
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Originally Posted by Bandit Man View Post
Is it rockered or just zero camber? I thought it was the later, although I have never seen pair to confirm. Sounds like fun either way.
Just zero camber, completely flat.
post #21 of 22
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Originally Posted by Andrew R View Post
It is amusing to see a series of 94mm + waisted ski described as a carver?!?!?!
I have Mantras and a set of skinny skis and so far have only used the Mantras all season, and you know what sort of conditions we have had lately. I don't see the need for anything less than 90mm unless you are racing.
post #22 of 22
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Originally Posted by Cirquerider View Post
the Katana as a rockered wide ski looks to be the powder and freeride ski this year.
I am not so sure about the Katana. I have fondled them in the shops but haven't skied them, but they seem to be a really odd mix of flex and shape. Firstly they are among the stiffest powder skis I have ever flexed, and the tips are really low profile so if it wasn't for the zero camber I can't imagine how you could get them to turn. I would classify them in the same league as the Dynastar Pro XXL, they are Herman Maier's powder ski.
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