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Volkl Gotama or Mantra?

post #1 of 14
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

post #2 of 14

I think that if you want a ski that can hold well on the groomed stuff as well as being pretty decent in the pow, the mantra would be the way to go. I have never skiied on the goats but i have the mantra and i took it out to day on boiler plate stuff and it held pretty well. When we had a 2' dump, they were really fun. so my vote is the mantra

post #3 of 14

I've got both. The Goats(tan ones) are 190 the Mantras 177. They are so different. If I had to choose just one pair to take on a trip it would be the Goats. The Mantras are my hard snow billygoat skis. I spend most of my time at Mammoth or Kirkwood. The Goats are pretty much idiot proof and very forgiving in my opinion. I did notice that when I put some lifters under the bindings(RossiFKS) they would hold an edge much better with no loss in soft snow feel.

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I've got both. The Goats(tan ones) are 190 the Mantras 177. They are so different. If I had to choose just one pair to take on a trip it would be the Goats. The Mantras are my hard snow billygoat skis. I spend most of my time at Mammoth or Kirkwood. The Goats are pretty much idiot proof and very forgiving in my opinion. I did notice that when I put some lifters under the bindings(RossiFKS) they would hold an edge much better with no loss in soft snow feel.

 

 

Where do you ski? what conditions? Im in new england and the ice is really an ice rink..just wondering 

post #5 of 14
Thread Starter 

I ski at alyeska alaska, and it is mostly groomed runs, with some crud and pow filled runs.  alyeska gets dumped on though, and when I was up there last weekend, it got 1 foot of snow in one day, and i need a ski that can still handle that as well.

post #6 of 14

haha well in alaska, i think the wider the better 

 

 

forget my post

 

go for the goats

post #7 of 14

If it's mostly groomed I'd say Mantras. I'm about 200lbs. Been skiing for 40+ years. I like a fairly straight ski> I'm heavy enough to bend a ski into to carving without having to rely so much on sidecut.

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... I did notice that when I put some lifters under the bindings(RossiFKS) they would hold an edge much better with no loss in soft snow feel.

 

That's an issue I've been wondering about.  Why does the "standard wisdom" say lifters are a bad idea on soft-snow skis?  I demoed a pair of Coombas (101 mm, IIRC) that had Naxo bindings, which accidentally acted as lifters, and I really liked the feel.

post #9 of 14
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 14

Great choice and ridiculous deal!  You should be psyched getting a ski like that for that cheap.  I promise you will not be disappoined.  There may be skis out there that do one thing better...but there aren't many that as many things VERY WELL like the Got.  I may pull the trigger on some longer ones from this year.  What length did you get?

post #11 of 14

Not sure how he did it, $412 now!

post #12 of 14

Simplemind,

 

There is a coupon code...i think its epic20....or something like that that gives one an addiitonal 20% off.  Pretty sweet huh?

post #13 of 14

Senior moment!

post #14 of 14
Thread Starter 

yeah i used that code.

i am 5'9, and i got the 176's.

 

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