Well all I can say is I'm very, very, very impressed with the Gotama's.
We didn't get the hoped for powder day but since I was curious about the versatility I'd heard about I took them out today anyway.
It has been about 36-48 hours since we got any significant snow at Alta so the conditions were a mixed bag of chopped powder, crud, hard & soft bumps, and some powder stashes in the trees...all in all a good day to test the skis.
Overall evaluation - everything positive that's been said about them in the mag's and on this site is true!
What a pleasant surprise, I had been pretty skeptical about the all-purpose nature of the ski:
In tight steep chutes they were quick & lively with solid edge hold and no sense that I was waiting for the ski's to catch up.
In the chopped powder/crud they just flat motor'ed along. I noticed a significant speed increase from the 8800 Legends and a solid feel with no getting kicked around. Dropping into some bumps they again felt pretty lively...would I haul them out to MaryJane for a day of bump bashing, no but if my other skis were lost by the airlines I'd still use the Got's and have a fun time.
On the occasional groomed run getting to & fro they tracked well and held an edge far better than I expected from a powder ski.
As for the powder, jeez these ski's just ROCK!!!! Float, glide, and cruise at top speed with a sense of control, NO sense that they would dive on me or do anything unexpected. It took some adjustment to just how much quicker I was moving in the trees as these skis fly through where the 8800's would drag and want to submarine.
The 183 length felt just about right for me and my style of skiing ( the 1cm forward position seemed to help with the light & lively feel but that's pretty subjective since I haven't skied them any other position), and the bindings have a nice solid feel stepping into them that I can't say was always true for the Marker's I've been using.
Definitely recommend if you're skiing similar terrain & conditions. We've got more snow inbound for the weekend and with the next five days off I'm looking forward to more good times with the Gotama's.