Pros: nice turn-ability, great crud-runner
Cons: zip, except the 186's would have been better
Free demo days on the Whitefish Mountain Resort (the Big Mountain to us locals) gave me an opportunity to check out the Volkl Katanas for the first time. Checked out the 190's, and I'm 6'2", 200 pounder. I've been reading reviews and doing the research, but nothing is like taking them for a drive. Today was a particularily good day to really test them, as the conditions were dicey at best. The rain that was falling as we were driving through town was of a concern, but as we ascended the mountain, it turned to snow..heavy, wet snow. I slapped the Katanas on and jumped on The Glacier Chaser, chair 1. The temp was about 25F at the summit, with 1" of fresh and snowing (icey, cornish snow). Poached the North Bowl and found crud, a layer of ice about 5" down, and more crud. The Katanas handled it with ease. With these boards on your feet, you don't feel like you need to pick a line, just jump in and commit. Blasting through the mashed potatoes, the skis make you feel invincible. Tansitioning into the turn, I was totally surprised at the effortless turnability despite a 0 camber. Later in the day, I found some untouched powder over off the East Rim, and this is where they really came out of their shell. They floated and gave me a sensation of (almost) waterskiing on glass. The only regret I have is that they didn't have any 186's available (they were checked out). On the groomers, I was impressed with their ability to go edge to edge rather quickly for such wide boards. I did not have the sensation of skiing on wide boards, they performed as if they were much narrower. They hold a carve extremely well, and I was grinning from ear to ear. I love the Katanas. Think I'll try them again tomorrow as it's snowing and we should have some pow to poach.