Over the last months I’ve been reading literally hundreds of reviews and forum postings mulling over the benefits of a variety of fat skis. Thanks to these, my “short” list started off with about a dozen skis, which I’ve now withered down to the following: 2010 Gotama (@178cm) and K2 Sidestash (@174cm).
My details are as follows:
Me: 36yrs old, 5’10” and 170lbs.
Ability: Experienced and aggressive, technically proficient but not brilliant.
Quiver: Nordica Hot Rod TF @ 170cm and 78mm underfoot which is my everyday ski (meaning 80% of the time). Fischer Kehua @ 179cm and 92mm underfoot, which I use only when we get fresh powder.
Location: Italian Dolomites & European Alps
The Kehua was my first fat ski, and was bought when I started venturing off-piste. Its soft and forgiving, great for skiing trees, and has enabled me to develop my ability and confidence in backside skiing. After three years of faithful service, I feel that I’ve outgrown it, and need something a bit more challenging, which will help me further lift my level.
According to my research the 2010 Gotama and Sidestash are pretty similar skiis in terms of dimensions, stiffness, and the way they ski. You could write a book on the Gotamas with all the reviews, but the K2, being completely new, has got far less coverage on the forums, despite having won a bunch of awards. I’ll be using the skis almost exclusively for off-piste (plus the occasional piste to transfer from one side of the mountain to the other). The offpiste terrain is a mixture of wide open bowls (40%), steep and narrow (30%), trees (30%). Snow is generally fairly light powder, which gets cut up fairly quickly, and subsequently crust and crud. I don’t ski bumps. Most of my backside skiing is done within 30min hike of the lifts, so weight isn't a huge issue. BTW - i'm planning to fit Marker Duke or Barons.
My Hot Rods will remain my everydays ski so I don’t really care about groomer performance, and my Kehua will remain for days when I’m offpiste but lazy or less than 100% focused.
I’m sure I’ll be perfectly happy with either ski, but would love some input from you guys about how the two compare, particularly if you’ve skied both.
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Edited by redline - 2/28/10 at 5:10am