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post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
I'm looking for a new big mountain ski. I currently have a 2003 / 2004 Gotama 183 with Dukes which the sidewall just cracked. I also have a pair of 2007 mantra's with freerides. I ski in whistler 90% of the time.I mostly ski the Gotama's everyday, unless it's hardpack. I am thinking of either the 190 Gotama or the Katana. Any thoughts out there? I am an aggressive skier and I am 6'1 and 225lbs.
post #2 of 22
I would say Katana. But, there are some reports of blown sidewalls and delams on TGR.

Do a search a TGR.


Gotama may be a safer purchase right now.
post #3 of 22
I ski the Gotama in a 183 myself but I'm only 5-10" 190# and probably less agressive than you are. I think the 190 is certainly the way to go for you. I don't have enough time on the Katana to be sure about it but it doesn't feel a heck of a lot more agressive than the Goat to me. (it IS different...but doesn't feel super aggro) My Volkl rep is not much of a BS'er and he swears the Katana is easier for him than the Goat. While it is really hard to go wrong with a Gotama, I generally don't think of it as being all that agressive a ski.

SJ
post #4 of 22
Thread Starter 
Thanks SJ, I am leaning towards the Katana, but am worried that it will not be as versatile as the Goat. As you would agree once you ski a Gotama, nothing feels as good or is as much fun! allthough I am sure that Katana is alot of fun.
post #5 of 22
if you ski Whistler might i suggest demoing the Prior line-up?

http://priorskis.com/

I haven't had a chance to ride 'em yet, but they are homegrown (i.e. made with Canuck Pride) and i know they do demos outta the shop/plant.

they make killer snowboards so it should stand to reason that their skis should at the very least be interesting.
post #6 of 22
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Originally Posted by Wazza View Post
Thanks SJ, I am leaning towards the Katana, but am worried that it will not be as versatile as the Goat. As you would agree once you ski a Gotama, nothing feels as good or is as much fun! allthough I am sure that Katana is alot of fun.
Boy howdy!

I ski a ton of skis every year and a goodly number of fattish ones. The key to me with the Goat is how easy it is. I was skiing on a Sugar Daddy and a Mantra as my two wider skis for a while and was trying to like the Mantra while I knew that I liked the Sugar. Then I got on a Goat and found that the stuff that I personally use a wider ski for....just got easier. For me, easier is more better gooder. Aggro is kewl for somebody else, just not me.

FWIW: I don't think that the Katana is as versatile as the Goat. I think this has to do with manuverability. That is probably just my lighter weight and somewhat less aggro nature coming through. The Katana feels sluggish in comparison to the Goat when skiied as an everyday ski. In deeper snow, when speed is on the "to do" list, I think that the Katana is probably better.

SJ
post #7 of 22
Until this season, I was a die hard Volkl guy. For EXACTLY what you are looking for, I'd check out a Blizzard Titan Argos before deciding for sure.....
post #8 of 22
if you're cool with something in the 188cm length and 92ish mm waist, there's some deals on last years Titan 9's floating around the Net.

somebody posted a link about them here a week or two ago and they were around $399.

i have the "wimpy" Titan 9 (181) and they rip!


PS:

A lotta former Goat heads over on TGR are making the switch to the Moment Ruby...the 188 is supposed to slay! (http://momentskis.com/).

and another choice is the Bro (Tyrone Shoelaces can expound more on these, but they are muy popular with "big mountain" foolios): http://pmgear.com/
post #9 of 22
Vis-a-vis Dookey, a review of my 175 Prior Doughboys here last spring. Summary: Amazingly maneuverable for a 105 in tight spots and soft bumps, may be the best backside tree/glade/bump fatty ever. Even handles hardpack without visions of your life passing in front of you. But serious pintail and sidecut wants to surf back and forth at higher speeds, which may or may not suit your style. Skis short. They're slightly different build this year. Go check out the factory, do a demo...
post #10 of 22
Rinse, repeat. Buy some more goats and call it good.

That or get some Bros. 188 Softs or 179 Stiffs.
post #11 of 22
How about the Blower? 139-110-129 r=29 @ 193.

http://www.nordica.com/dynamic/ski.p... =1&restart=1&

close specs to the Katana, but a drop of camber. Could be agro.
post #12 of 22
LP XXL. Gots are for wimps.
post #13 of 22
Check out the Fischer Watea 101
post #14 of 22
I would check out the 105 Wailer or 120 Lotus from DPS. I demoed a few pairs at Iride in Stowe last week and was blown away. I have my order in.......
post #15 of 22
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the input. Just got a K2 hook up today< what are your thoughts on the Seth or the Coomba?
post #16 of 22
The Coomba looks sick; haven't skied them though
post #17 of 22
The coomba is sick, I have about 2 weeks on them now. They like big open spaces (in 188 at least), but then so do I

They are very light though, so can get a bit bounced around in the crud...but not that much.
post #18 of 22
The Coomba is a worthy sub for the Gotama. Very good ski.

SJ
post #19 of 22
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Originally Posted by Wazza View Post
Thanks for all the input. Just got a K2 hook up today< what are your thoughts on the Seth or the Coomba?
At 225 lbs I wouldn't waste your time with either. I'm a strong 195 lbs and after skiing the Seths I thought they are noodles (hear the same about the Coombas)...try the Dynastar LP, LP XXL, Rossi B-Squad, Elan 999 or the Fischer Watea 101. I've skied all these and thought they ski much better than the Seths and the Gotamas. They are all heavier, stiffer and more stable at speed. Bottom line though, you should demo...you'll never know what you'll like till you ski it.
post #20 of 22
Another vote for Watea 101
post #21 of 22
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Originally Posted by SHREDHEAD View Post
LP XXL. Gots are for wimps.
This is correct.
post #22 of 22
+1 for XXL...
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