This isn't a review, but more of a rant. The wrong two Volkls get all the attention and it makes no sense to me. It's a crime that these two skis get overshadowed by the Mantra and Gotama.
The Mantra is a good ski (I had one of the first 20 pairs of Mantras in Salt Lake years ago), but I'm reasonably sure that most Mantra skiers would be happier on the current Bridge. It really is better in almost every way other than topsheet graphics. Thankfully next years look mellower. The metal in the Mantra isn't necessary for a ski of that width very often - plus the Bridge is surprisingly great at speed. The Bridge is not just a park ski, Volkl is probably just as much to blame here.
The Katana is better than the Gotama in every single way IMO. The slight full rocker keeps this metal filled ride easy going and maneuverable. Its shockingly good in bumps and short turns and still rails big turns. The Gotama feels sloppy in comparison. Katana is better at speed in crud and still floats great due to the size and rocker profile.
The sales of the Mantra and Gotama today are pretty much proof that very few people bother to demo skis and buy the name they know.