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08-31-2005, 02:38 PM #1
Another quiver rounding thread (190 Gotama and ?)
My quiver will consist of a 190 Gotama and one or two other skis. I am 6’ 180 lbs and ski primarily at Kirkwood and other Sierra spots. Honestly the Gotama works great all the time, but something more suited to hard snow and/or beer drinking days would be nice.
Here is what I have owned recently:
190 Gotama : My favorite ski of all time.
190 Explosive : Liked it, but Gotama is more fun
186 Legend Pro: Absolute Tanks. However, I have decided that I don’t want to be in battle all the time (coming soon to ski swap)
185 Mad Trix Mojos: Way too much shape. Scared the hell out of me.
179 Public Enemys: Fun, good, but a little skinny (80mm)
185 B3: Too soft
I am thinking either:
(a) 190 Gotama, 184 Mantra
(b) 190 Gotama, 185 Karma
(d) 190 Gotama, 184 Mantra, 177 Karma
(d) 190 Gotama, ??
There are a crap load of new skis this year so maybe I should look beyond Volkl? But then again, they have treated me right in the past.
08-31-2005, 02:48 PM #2
190 Gotama and my lightly used G4....Otherwise do the 185 KarmaMartha's just polishing the brass on the Titanic....
08-31-2005, 03:04 PM #3Originally Posted by milkmanHI THERE!
08-31-2005, 03:46 PM #4
179 Seth Vicious. Easy and fun to ski, wide enough for pow and perfect for the park.
08-31-2005, 04:04 PM #5Originally Posted by robokill1981
08-31-2005, 04:22 PM #6Originally Posted by descender
08-31-2005, 04:29 PM #7
If you want a groomer ski, look for somethin 85 or less in the waist. A mantra or any seth will not be a good groomer ski. You've already got the goat, go for something skinnier....Martha's just polishing the brass on the Titanic....
08-31-2005, 04:37 PM #8Originally Posted by robokill1981
I really want a skinner version of the Gotama. Same exact shape, consutrction, tail, flex, everything, but about 10-15mm thinner throughout. The Matra is close, but it may be more of an ass-kicker in the tail like the explosive is/was.
Any 85-90mm straight-ish, medium flex, wood core, semi-twin, all mountain skis out there?
08-31-2005, 04:40 PM #9Originally Posted by descenderMartha's just polishing the brass on the Titanic....
08-31-2005, 05:08 PM #10Originally Posted by descender
This is the karma. I'm 185lbs, and love the 177cm version. From what I read the 185s didnt gain you much stability. They do everything well, but not one thing extremely well...which is what you would want to fill your gap. I'm in the oposite situation you are. Own 177 karmas, just bought 190 goats. 177 karmas dive to easily for me - but i didnt buy them for powder, I had PR's and now goats and bros for that.
The 177 karmas might be a little flexy, but the dampness of them makes up for it. They have a speed limit, but do not get floppy or chatter - they just dont have the edge length you need for control at super speeds. My sisters 172 v-carvers have the same running length. The 185 might be better for that. They kick ass for an all mountain everyday ski though - except bumps - they are much stiffer than I prefer for a bump ski. If you keep your edges in shape they can do really well on hardpack / ice - they're no 6 stars, but good enough for the occational ice patch.
They are stiff enough for slush, but again at 177 lack the length to really trust them at speed it in the thick stuff. In the air, they swing well - i thinking of remounting farther forward than the suggested mark to make them more stable.
If your going to have a 2 ski quiver - go 185 or 177 karma, they are the most fun pair of skis i have owned and handle a wide variation of conditions the best.
things i ski routinely in the past 3 years:
182 volkl 6 stars
175 solly x-screams
185 pocket rockets
Last edited by LaramieSkiBum; 08-31-2005 at 05:22 PM.
08-31-2005, 05:27 PM #11Originally Posted by milkman
08-31-2005, 05:56 PM #12
there is truth in what he said. They don't do one thing extremely well....they do everything good as opposed to some skis doing one thing really well and everything else so so...
If you want a gs ski, get a gs ski. If you want a park ski, get a park ski. If you want pow - you already have goats.
If you want all round, karma could be your ticket....depends on what you really want to do with them when your not skiing the goats.
08-31-2005, 07:19 PM #13Originally Posted by milkman"I knew in an instant that the three dollars I had spent on wine would not go to waste."
08-31-2005, 07:51 PM #14
outlaws w/o the piston plate shit
08-31-2005, 09:37 PM #15
Line Chronic Wide (haven't skied them yet, but they're 86mm w/a wood core)
2006 PE's (85mm underfoot now)
I'd be interested to ski the Outlaw w/out the plate. With the plate it just didn't do it for me.It's heartbreaking to see a chick who's too anorexic.
08-31-2005, 09:55 PM #16Registered User
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I'm looking for a replacements ski this year. Also considering the Volkl Mantra. My everyday work ski has been the Blizzar 9.2 188s - damm awesome ski but they stopped making them after one year. After tswo years and close to 150 days, they won't make it through another season. I have read some reviews on other sites about the Mantra and several guys say they do it all - little softer tail than the explosive. My question, almost everyone is reviewing the 184s. I'm 6'2" 195 fast aggressive skier at Alta. Don't think 184s will hold in steeps, Anyone tried the 191s? Any deals out there?
09-01-2005, 10:00 AM #17Originally Posted by Altoid BradMartha's just polishing the brass on the Titanic....
09-01-2005, 11:37 AM #18Originally Posted by descender
If I was you I would go with the Mantra (a bit wider than your range) for an all-mountain ski. It's super fun to ski and fits all the other things you are looking for.
09-01-2005, 04:05 PM #19
I am so lame and indecisive -- each post changes my mind completely . Mantra... Karma.... Mantra again... o wait.... Karma.... then again.... but wait.... fack... I am gay. I guess whatever the last post recommends is what I will be riding on.
09-01-2005, 04:07 PM #20Registered User
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My impression of the Mantra was similar to what some people have said of the Karma, it was good everywhere but the Got is a better more fun pow ski and I thought there was too much crossover, and couldn't really think of many times where I would ski it over the Gotama. The Mantra did rip surprisingly well on firmer snow, but still would most likely use a narrower ski most of the time on hard snow.
I'm probably going to get the Stockli SS to complement the Gots, 89 waist and supposed to be good everywhere including hard snow, not much information out there about it though, so I'll probalby have to buy it based on what Stockli says and past experience with them. Was told it has a firmer tail though so might not qualify in your category.
09-02-2005, 12:06 AM #21
From what I understand, you want a ski for those less than ideal days. The Mantra is not your ski. When conditions are shit at the Wood, you really want a ski for killing the groomers and for occasionally heading off piste. This is where a G4 like ski comes in. It has a great GS profile for railing the groomers at mach schnell speeds, but enough width to handle variable conditions off the beaten path without hooking up too easily. A Mantra is just a bit too wide. While I have plenty of fun pointing it down the Wall on my Gotamas, my G4s are much more suited for this. Every now and then you get off of 10 and the gaper hoard clears just long enough for you to make huge, fast gs turns down the Wall and Buckboard back to the base. Sentinel can be fun too.
Sure we'd all like to ski blower everyday, but sometime you take what you can get. For days like those, I really like my G4s.
I really see the Mantra as more of a one ski quiver. Can be skied in lots of different conditions and hold up well. But why buy only one, when you can have two that do it even better?
Last edited by Arty50; 09-02-2005 at 12:09 AM."I knew in an instant that the three dollars I had spent on wine would not go to waste."
09-02-2005, 10:58 AM #22
You are totally right Arty. Having the Gotama and Mantra is retarded, so retarded that it may be genius. Or, for an even more genius quiver I could go 190 and 183 Gotama, j/k, sorta.
G4s, Karmas, or the new Publics all make sense for what I am after. Maybe a total groomer/carver would be cool at some point down the road.
09-02-2005, 11:00 PM #23
swapping the 186 LPs, intriguing. anybody laid dibs yet?
09-05-2005, 11:27 PM #24Originally Posted by descender
09-05-2005, 11:47 PM #25
I will trade you the 186 LP's for AK Rockets(used 2 times) and Scream10's 186 (14din, rarely used and includes a 3rd stick). What kind of shape are the LP's in? Binders?