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Gotama or Nordica Supercharger Blower

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Still looking for a big mountain ski, I think I have narrowed it down to the Gotama or the Blower, Any feedback out there?
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I have not skied the Goats, but I love my Blowers.
IMO the are fairly forgiving in the tip and tail, but stout underfoot. They definatly hold a line and plow through thick crud, especially when you keep your speed up in a med to long turn. The float is a four out of five. Plenty of surface area but the Blowers are a drivers ski and like to be skied fast and aggressive. On Far West groomers they rip and hold very well for a 110mm board.
THe running surface is a little shorter than indicated by the size because of the twin tip.
I'm on the 185cm right now, but will be moving into the 192cm as soon as possible......
Nordica only produces certain skis in Italy. All of thier WC race skis, the Enforcer and the Blower, too date. I do not know yet if the '09 versions will continue to be made there. Why drive a Porche when you can drive a Ferrari (Ha Ha).

Either ski you go with, you will get a good one.......
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Shouldn't this be the Katana vs Blower thread?

(in which case it depends entirely on the size of your quiver. katana if you have a groomer/zoomer --- blower if you don't.)
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I've owned some Gotamas & demoed them in various sizes. I currently own a pair of this year's Blower in a 185cm size. The Gotama is easier to turn in deep powder, but the Blower still is fairly nimble. The Blower is a bit stiffer which helps it at faster speeds, in heavier powders and especially when the powder starts getting cut up. Neither ski would qualify for a Tahoe bowl bomber ski like a Stockli but neither is a slouch at higher speeds in powder. Both skis suck at low speeds on groomers but come alive at higher speeds. I think the Blower has a much more solid feel on groomers at real high speeds.

If you plan on skiing powder in trees and tight spots and/or ski mainly lighter powder go with the Gotama. If you ski more open spaces or heavier powders I'd go with the Blower.
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I was thinking Katana but typed the gotama. I currently own a pair of gotama's with dukes, but cracked the sidewall this season & it keeps growing. The gotama is a great ski & I also have a pair of 2006 Mantra's so the thought was to step it up & get a bigger ski, with out going too big< and have a well matched quiver.
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Originally Posted by Rio View Post
I've owned some Gotamas & demoed them in various sizes. I currently own a pair of this year's Blower in a 185cm size. The Gotama is easier to turn in deep powder, but the Blower still is fairly nimble. The Blower is a bit stiffer which helps it at faster speeds, in heavier powders and especially when the powder starts getting cut up. Neither ski would qualify for a Tahoe bowl bomber ski like a Stockli but neither is a slouch at higher speeds in powder. Both skis suck at low speeds on groomers but come alive at higher speeds. I think the Blower has a much more solid feel on groomers at real high speeds.

If you plan on skiing powder in trees and tight spots and/or ski mainly lighter powder go with the Gotama. If you ski more open spaces or heavier powders I'd go with the Blower.
Rio - Not trying to be contentious, but I would say the complete opposite about these skis. That the Gots are stiffer, better in crud and on groomers, and that the Blowers are softer and better in powder. Interesting how skier interpretation (based on actual experience) still finds a way to vary. More proof that demo-ing is the way to go.

For sake of reference - Owned the second generation Gotama in a 183 and skied it extensively. Currently own a 185 Blower (for sale, btw) and a 190 Gotama from last year.
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I was thinking Katana but typed the gotama. I currently own a pair of gotama's with dukes, but cracked the sidewall this season & it keeps growing. The gotama is a great ski & I also have a pair of 2006 Mantra's so the thought was to step it up & get a bigger ski, with out going too big< and have a well matched quiver.
I have a 190 Katana, too (I dig the current Volkl freeski line if you couldn't tell) and it skis big. They are really a soft snow, big-mtn. ski IMO. They come alive in powder and anything soft, but Gotamas are better in heavy crud. Katanas are not as all-mtn oriented as Gotamas either. People call them a "fat Mantra", but I'd caveat that as calling them a fat Mantra that is lousy on anything firm...really great in pow though.
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Originally Posted by Wazza View Post
Still looking for a big mountain ski, I think I have narrowed it down to the Gotama or the Blower, Any feedback out there?
Similar prices, one is made in China and one is made in Italy.

There are about a dozen other good options at similar prices that aren't made in a place with death squads.

As far as the skiing goes, the Blower is a really good tree ski in the 193, which is very soft right at the tip and middling underfoot and in the tail. Other than that, its pretty mediocre. More has been written about all the Wal-Mart Völkls than I care to expound on.
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One of my ski buddies has the 19X cm Gotama and just bought a pair of the Blowers 193s cheap for a rock ski...he used to rave about the Gotama, but now only skis the Blowers. I've only demoed the Gotama and, surprisingly, wasn't impressed (too light for my taste).
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