Völkl Gotama (2014)

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Price: $825.00
Year: 2014
Level: 4
Gender: Male
Waist Width: 123
Tip/Tail/Waist: 139-107-123
Lengths: 170, 178,186, 194

The Gotama is Volkl's original twin-tipped powder ski, and it's been in the Volkl collection, with frequent updates to its design, for the better part of a decade. It's a metal-free construction, but a layer of carbon fleece gives it dampness and integrity without adding weight. The Gotama is part of the Big Mountain Freeskiing collection, which includes all of Volkl's fattest skis, from the massive Kuro, with its powder-specific 132 mm waist, down to the venerable Gotama, which, at 107 mm underfoot, offers hard-snow versatility. All offer the integrity of full wood cores and sturdy vertical sidewalls. Some incorporate two sheets of metal for a traditionally powerful performance, while some are carbon-reinforced so as to be lighter weight. All are sold flat (no binding). All are fully rockered tip to tail, with no camber underfoot, for maximum float and surfiness in deep snow. The incorporation of the two new models, the One and Two, adds a couple of smeary newschool-style skis to the collection.