2010 Gotama - Lots of strong opinions on what this ski is good and bad at when I did the searches, but it did not appear to be based entirely on much ski time (lots of speculation). So, I will attempt to come back and post to this as I gain more personal experience regarding this ski. I encourage others to chime in as well, because I am very interested to see if others have similar experiences. Okay, here I go...........
Background: East coast skier, 43 years old, love to ski fast, enjoy ripping it on groomers and I wish I had more time and SNOW for bumps and trees. Ski ice, well, because I live in New England. So, why get the Gotamas? Why not?
I finally had a weekend with full trail coverage and good snow. I spent the morning on perfectly groomed snow with very few other skiers, so I was able to let the skis run a little. Contrary to what I have read in many other threads, I think these skis can absolutely rip turns. Not smeared, or washed out tails: I'm talking two nice thin lines about shoulder width apart. I did not find them squirrelly (is that even a word?) at all. I thought they were very stable, especially since there is really no real metal in the ski. The edges never let go. Here is where people will disagree with me. I did not find that a centered stance was required to turn them over to edge. Quite the opposite, I had to get forward and down, kind of like when I try to run the gates (granted I'm not an ex-collegiate racer) to really engage the front and drive it through a turn. Was it slower edge to edge? Well, compared to my Fischer RC4 WC, of course! It's 106mm under foot!
I had read in other threads that the ski felt chattery at speed. Again, I tend to disagree. I always keep a ski on edge, and the same was required here. I would spill the speed way before it would feel out of control. I can't even begin to imagine how fast some folks must be skiing these things to get it to the point of being out of control. These things can rip.
I also had a chance to ski these in some small bumps along the trail edges. Again, I'm not a bump skier, but I really enjoy skiing them. Here, I skied them flatter. The ski is stupid light, so it is easy to turn, skid, smear, hop, etc.. And I believe because of the slight rocker, the tips do not tend catch. Lots of fun.
Okay, that's all I have for now. I will add more during the season. I'm dying to ski them in a half of a foot or so of snow.