Originally Posted by RatherPlayThanWork
Changing up the quiver for next season. Thanks to Dawgcatching, I'll be on Kastle MX78's instead of 2 other skis. My widest ski right now is a Prophet 90. Thinking about selling those and picking up something wider (with some rocker) for a simple 2 pair quiver.
I'd want something quick turning (EC trees), crud busting (rarely get first tracks) and fun on hardpack too. I need to be able to have fun on these at slower speeds when skiing with my 10 year old.
When heading out west, I'd probably only bring the wider ski. Did that with the p90's with no regrets.
The S3 and gotama arent that comparable IMO. The Gotama wishes it had stiffer tail. but it skis powder and tight tree well enough but is kinda of sketchy on crud and groomers and steeps thats are skied out. The S3 is lots of fun and holds an edge on hardpack better than the gotama, skis powder decently, and is lot of fun in skied out trees. Its is slightly better in crud than the gotama but still not its strong suit. the S3 is a stronger ski for what you want IMO out of these 2 but there are other skis worth looking at.
so here are some skis you should look with the S3
Gotama ish class
Blizzard Answer - does alot of thing well and is fun to boot skis differently from the mentioned Volkl(s)
Volkl Katana - does everything but jumping better than the gotama. The gotama wishes it was this ski. The combination of rocker and metal makes one of my favorite skis ever.
Elan 1010 - Ripped off Katana with a slightly different camber profile on 2011 and flat camber on the 2010. I like the katana better but this ski, skis well enough to be mentioned. You might like it better.
S3 class -
while the S3 is really a special fun skis I feel that some of the companies have done a great job at out S3ing the S3. These are both 2011 skis.
Blizzard "The One" - better on groomers and crud than the S3, has a blizzard feel and is hoot to ski. New age pocket rocket with edges. flat under foot with subtle reverse camber in the tip an tail, The camber profile on this skis let the tip and tail come into play on groomers where as on the S3 the tip and tail kinda of flap on groomers
Dynastar Slicer - more serious ski that either "the one" or the S3. same basic concept. 98mm waist with camber underfoot and rockered tip and tail. Skis better in crud than than the other 2 while still matching the other for other performance elsewhere with out ever being over bearing.
oh just ignore all my demo advice and be blissfully happy with a new pair of S3s.