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Volkl Gotama or Mantra?

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 

I am looking to buy a new pair of all mountain/powder skis, and i was thinking of getting the volkl gotama or mantra. i don't know which one to choose.

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I am looking to buy a new pair of all mountain/powder skis, and i was thinking of getting the volkl gotama or mantra. i don't know which one to choose.

 

the only thing the mantra does better is meduim raduis turns at meduim speed and is slightly better at frozen but not dry crud.

 

The gotama is a better ski all around IMO. Better at maching groomers, better at short turns on piste and off piste, better in powder, much better at bumps, much quicker in trees.

 

 

post #3 of 16

Post this in the gear discussion forum and I bet you'll get more answers.

 

post #4 of 16

Hi - There have been a lot of discussions of each ski, and a few comparos, try a search.  I have owned several of each. Bushw pretty much has it, except that I'd give the Mantras an edge on groomed and haven't found the difference in trees to be about quickness as much as feel and what technique works. Still, if you held a gun to my head and asked me to choose one, it'd be the Goat every time. Much more versatile. 

post #5 of 16

Either one. Both are great. Mantra quicker that Goat for sure. Goat straighter so less hook in powder. Both solid feeling as any good Volkl will feel. I prefer straighter skis these days that's the biggest difference for me.

post #6 of 16

I think the Goat is a better ski.  Its less hooky...better in POW and in bumps (even though its wider at the waist) it sacrifices a little bit to the Mantras on groomers but not enough to be all that noticeable.  It is the most versatile ski I have ever ridden.  

post #7 of 16

Personally, i find the Goats too soft. I prefer the Mantra, better grip/edge hold, carves as well as a carver just not as tight and it's absolutly great in the trees.

It all depends on the length and your ability.

post #8 of 16

Try looking beyond Volkl, for example have a look at the reviews of the Blizzard Tital Agros.

post #9 of 16
Thread Starter 

Well, i decided to go with the Gotama,

i got em for 330 off sierraskis.com

thanks for the help everyone.

post #10 of 16

Just picked up my Goat's from the local shop, I had them mount the Baron's on.

 

I also got them from sierraskis.com for 330.

 

I'll be on them at 8AM Saturday at Okemo.

 

Really looking forward to this.

post #11 of 16

You're skiing with Goat's on Okemo ice?  Good luck!  Sorry but I still prefer the Mantra becase sometimes you need to turn a little quicker.  By the way, considering you're out east why didn't you look at the AC50 or AC30?   Frankly the Goat and the Mantra is the wrong choice if you live out east. 


Edited by bob4snow - 4/3/2009 at 08:21 pm
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   Frankly the Goat and the Mantra is the wrong choice if you live out east. 
Edited by bob4snow - 4/3/2009 at 08:21 pm



 

this is a dumb statement

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By the way, considering you're out east why didn't you look at the AC50 or AC30?   Frankly the Goat and the Mantra is the wrong choice if you live out east. 


Don't know if it's dumb, since the OP said both all mountain and powder (not really same mission) but a whole bunch of people like Mantras for east coast powder/crud or AT or both, while the 30 and 50 are fat and fatter carvers, really, like to tunnel rather than float. All that said, there are other skis in the 88-105 range that will make you as happy in the east as the Mantras unless you are hard core AT. 

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Originally Posted by bob4snow View Post

You're skiing with Goat's on Okemo ice?  Good luck!  Sorry but I still prefer the Mantra becase sometimes you need to turn a little quicker.  By the way, considering you're out east why didn't you look at the AC50 or AC30?   Frankly the Goat and the Mantra is the wrong choice if you live out east. 


Edited by bob4snow - 4/3/2009 at 08:21 pm

 

I think it's because he already has a couple pairs of AC40s.

 

I've been skiing Stowe all week on Volkl Katanas btw.

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I've been skiing Stowe all week on Volkl Katanas btw.

Nice point, actually. It's been an off/on spring back here, a lot of warm stretches (like lately), I've been making do on Mojo 90's but something significantly wider would have been fun, as long as it could turn quickly. Dunno about Goats; I've always owned them, never bothered to use them back east. Too surfy and not grippy enough, IMO, although certainly nice in bumps and tight places. The Kat, as a Mantra on steroids, might be perfect.  

post #16 of 16

I haven't touched my Goats this year (although the broken leg thing got in the way when it was snowing). I'm gonna break 'em out next week because they have Dukes on 'em and I want to tour. The thing that makes the Katanas so good right now is the not-so-subtle to look at but very subtle feeling reverse camber (it seems like RC and not rocker). The tip and tail just flow through crud.

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