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2009 Volkl Katana Ski Reviews

ExplorerMan

Just demo'd the 2010 Volkl Katana

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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...
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goovl073

Volkl Katana-first impressions

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so last weekend I went to the Portland Skifever ski show and picked up a pair of 2008 volkl katanas for a very nice price.  I obviously havent had the opportunity to ski on them, so this review will be based solely on first impressions.  The first thing you notice about the ski is the sick, already scratched topsheet.  Nothing too flashy or bright here, but it  looks really cool.  its also practical as well.  The topsheet is highly chip resistant as well as the sidewall.  The ski is made up of two sheets of metal sandwhiching a wood core, so they are very stiff for a twin tip, which really help with the all mountian versatility of the ski.  The rooster tail is interresting and apparently...
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SquawBrat

Amazing for inbounds

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Pros: Could use it everyday if you had to

Cons: Recommended binding mount is too far back

Over the past few years I've been going wider so I bought this 08/09 model as my powder ski with the intention of making my Gotamas as my daily driver.  I bought the 183 cm length (I'm 6'1" 210 lbs) and was really amazed at how versatile the ski was.  The ski will ski everything soft and everything smooth, with only old hard bumps being a problem.  I was so impressed with it a bought the 190 length at the end of the season.  I also started researching binding placement (partly as a result of a great article here on Epicski) and even reached out to Volkl.  Even though this is a powder ski first and foremost, do not be afraid to mount your bindings ahead of the mid sole mark.  The Volkl...
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evbart

Volkl Katana, great powder ski

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Pros: powder, crud

Cons: a bit slow for carving

Got a couple feet of snow this past weekend at Squaw, and needed something a bit fatter to take advantage.  Demoed the Argos Blizzard (187cm) in the morning, and really didn't like them.  Couldn't keep them from sinking, and they were very unresponsive in the turns. Then I went back to switch to the Katana, and I was blown away.  Obviously these were better suited for the powder, but I was shocked how well the turned in the crud and on the groomers.  I started with the 190s, which screamed down the moutnain, but were a bit tiring, and then switched to the 183s.  I'm 6'1'' 190lbs.
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