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post #1 of 13
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I'm looking for info on the '08-'09 Volkl Kiku. I read it is a woman's version of the Gotama, but what does this really mean? Softer? More forward mounting point? Anyone skied them yet?
post #2 of 13
I had my hands on a pair in the shop a few weeks ago. It seemed stiffer than a men's Gotama. It was busy and I didn't get specs on it from the gal dropping them off. I flexed it a few times and it seemed noticeably stiffer than I though it "should be" ?!?!

All sizes of the Gotamas are getting stiffer for next year ( skied the 09 183 Gotama a few days back) and it was definitely stiffer than the 183 for this year.

it wouldn't surprise me a bit that the women's Goat is going to be stiffer and have a forward mount point.
post #3 of 13
The Kiku is the women's version of the Gotama and yes it will be softer than next year's Gotama due to the "women's core" in the ski.

Recommended mountings will be indicated on the ski similar to the Gotama.

HB
post #4 of 13
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Originally Posted by HarkinBanks View Post
The Kiku is the women's version of the Gotama and yes it will be softer than next year's Gotama due to the "women's core" in the ski.

Recommended mountings will be indicated on the ski similar to the Gotama.

HB
Thanks for your and Skiing-in-Jackson's responses. So do you agree with S-i-J that next year's Gotama will be stiffer than this year's (which in turn is stiffer than the '06/'07 model)? If so, do you know where the Kiku will fall, e.g., as stiff as the '06/'07 Goats? I found the current model to be a tad stiff - but loved them overall. My debate is whether to buy them or wait till the Kiku comes out....
post #5 of 13
The Line Pandora should also be on your short list.
post #6 of 13
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Tell me more. The Line website doesn't list the Pandora.
post #7 of 13
I've seen you ski Altanaut. You are wasting your time with those girlie skis. Here's what you need sister: http://cgi.ebay.com/06-07-Atomic-Rac...742.m153.l1262
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post #8 of 13
My observation is that all the Volkl non-metal skis are stiffer next year due to the different wood being used in the middle of the ski.

HB
post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by Altanaut View Post
Tell me more. The Line website doesn't list the Pandora.
The Pandora is due out in the Fall.

139-110-137
172 or 162 length

2nd ski from the right (bluebird topsheet)
post #10 of 13
I saw the 09 Kiku's at the big demo day at Rose last weekend. The rep said they were women's version of the Gotama. Which you already know. He said that they were really popular, etc...

What I can tell you is that the top sheets are an ugly cream color with little flowers on them. I didn't get ski them, so I can't tell you much more.
post #11 of 13
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Originally Posted by Magnus_CA View Post
The Line Pandora should also be on your short list.
It was 08/09 Demo Day at Crystal today.

I skied the Pandora. Sailed through powder and even carved well on the groomed. But what really set them apart is that they were fun on the bumps (I don't like bumps).

Note that they are very flexy. I would have bought them, except at 162 they were a bit too much ski for me.
post #12 of 13
I skied the Kiku at one of last years demos...and LOVED it. I ski the Aura right now, and was set on the Kiku for a fatter ski for this season...until I read about the Pandora. I'm going to look into it a little bit more, but I can say that the Kiku skied really well. Super stable in crud and at speed, and nice float in the pow. After one run I looked at our buyer and simply said, "I want it".
The one thing about the Pandora is the size...I want something a little longer than my 163 Auras, but at 5'2, the 172 Pandora is going to be a bit big.
post #13 of 13
 Anyone know how the Kiku does on groomers?
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