Originally Posted by molecan
Looking for something similar in stiffness/style, w/a lil more edge grip, and the same ability to plow through the trees.
As already mentioned the Goat and the Big Mojos are opposite ends of the spectrum. I too own the 183 Goat and I chose it because it is very easy and compliant without being too wimpy. Those qualities are the magic of the Gotama.......it is very middle of the road.
If you want more edge grip, you will have to get a stiffer ski especially torsionally, and that will rob you of some of the ease and nimbleness of the Gotama. The Mojos are just too far the other way.
Here are a few skis that offer a little more edge grip than the Goat without being incredibly stiff.
Nordica Enforcer....Some say it dives in powder. This ski has a lot of shape and that can contribute to tip dive but it may also be a function of where they were mounted. I skied them late in the spring and the grip was very good. I didn't get the chance in anything deep so I can't speak to the diving issue.
Atomic Sugar Daddy....This was my fat ski of choice until I got the Gotama. Why?? the Gotama was a little easier. OTH the SD is light and nimble and has the Atomic edge grip from the mid forebody on back. The tip is a little softer than the Goat but the thing grips like crazy underfoot and in the tail. This is an excellent ski and the only reason I got the Gotama at all is that the SD is a little stiff in the back half and takes a little more juice to finish the turn.
Atomic Pimp:....The new Pimp is a laminate with a fairly straight shape and medium flex. I skied it in the spring and was impressed with the grip but I didn't go back to back with the Goat so I can't give you a definitive as to whether it was better, I think it is though.
Personally, I don't care (within reason) if a wide ski grips well on hard snow because I don't choose to ski them all the time. If it hasn't snowed lately, I have other stuff that I like better. If that were
a factor, I might have never gotten the Gotama to replace the SD.