2011 Volkl Gotama Review provided by evo - Volkl has what most consider a cult following with their Gotama ski over the past several seasons. It was known for doing it all and doing all well. Mediocre was not in it's vocabulary. While Volkl may have broken from tradition with the shape of the ski ie: Camber (previous models) vs Rocker (2010 model) they did not break from tradition with the versatility or performance of the ski. The rocker technology is not like many skis out there, it is essentially one shallow curve. Think continuous rocker on a wakeboard or a convex curve on a telescope. The tip and tail have been lowered closer to the snow as well. Once standing on the ski you essentially created a flat ski that with a very subtle rocker tip to tail. This translates to a forgiving yet very reliable edge hold. I bombed the Gotama down groomers and crud and it railed through both. The subtle rocker created an effortless transition from edge to edge without sacrificing grip at speeds. Definitely very surprised by how well it skied. Typically I prefer a softer flexing ski, but the stiff/medium flex helped me feel confident at speeds.
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