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Volkl Katana 2010

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Thread Starter 

Have anyone tryed the volkl katana 2010? and is it a powerder chanel on it as the 09 year modell, and how stiff is it?

post #2 of 18

I haven't had a chance to try it, but the guys at Colesport in Utah put together a solid video of their ride - anyone else try these

 

post #3 of 18

 I think I've got 10 or 15 days on them. I really don't know what to say about stiffness, but I really like the skis. I think I'll have a pair next year. I like the reveres camber, it makes the ski very useable in a variety of conditions.

post #4 of 18
Thread Starter 

Hows the layer under the ski this year? is it still very thin?

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Originally Posted by epic View Post

 I think I've got 10 or 15 days on them. I really don't know what to say about stiffness, but I really like the skis. I think I'll have a pair next year. I like the reveres camber, it makes the ski very useable in a variety of conditions.


 

Hi epic,

Can you give us any more info on the '10 Katana - what changes from 09? I heard the powder channel is gone?... That vid said it was flat camber with early rise. How much rocker is there? Cool vid, but as a marketer - most of that text is just puffery I reckon. That can't be THAT mind-blowing on groomers, surely?..

 

So epic, I'd be keen to hear more about how they skied, how they compare to other skis you've been on, etc.

Cheers,

Vinski
 

post #6 of 18

No powder channel. Slightly stiffer. The durability issues should be gone away this year. 

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Hi epic,

Can you give us any more info on the '10 Katana - what changes from 09? I heard the powder channel is gone?... That vid said it was flat camber with early rise. How much rocker is there? Cool vid, but as a marketer - most of that text is just puffery I reckon. That can't be THAT mind-blowing on groomers, surely?..

 

So epic, I'd be keen to hear more about how they skied, how they compare to other skis you've been on, etc.

Cheers,

Vinski
 


As aperyos said, no powder channel. The ski looks to me like full reverse camber, the tips and tails don't come apart much, but the RC seems to go all the way down to the bindings. I didn't really ski them in much powder (just 1 or 2 days) but did ski them in just about every spring condition there is and I did a lot of teaching on them. The RC made it so that it was very easy to do slower speed steered turns in difficult cruddy conditions. As for other "big" skis that I skied this year they were:

 

'10 Kuro - too big for anything but huge days IMHO

 

first year '04(?) Goats - my go to powder ski for years, but once I had the Katanas I only used the Goats when I wanted to tour with my Dukes

 

'10 Goats - didn't get to ski them on a great day, but I think they are more of a groomer ski than the Katana despite a more radical shape. I skied teh Katana the same day and liked them much better. I skied the Goats in very thick and deep fresh snow and had a real hard time, went back to the same spot on the Katana and had an easier time of it.

 

DPS Lotus 120 - still a cool ski, but I like the Katana better I think because the DPS is stiffer than I want in sucha ski

 

Rossi S7 - loved this ski, would like to try it in better snow. I tried it during a hard EC January freeze and had to search for anything remotely soft. I actually liked it a s a bump ski if you can believe that. I think this ski has a lot of potential. I'd buy them just based off of the little demo that I did have.

 

I'm probably not a good ski reviewer, but I do know what I like.

post #8 of 18
Thread Starter 

Is it early rise on it to?

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Is it early rise on it to?


You be the judge.

 

If I hold the skis together at the midpoint, they just come together in front of the toe and behind the heel. They don't separate much though.

post #10 of 18

looks like about 10/10 or maybe less?

post #11 of 18

epic, do you have 190 or 183 Katanas?

Do they ski true to length? 

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Originally Posted by Dan Gill View Post

I haven't had a chance to try it, but the guys at Colesport in Utah put together a solid video of their ride - anyone else try these

 


Dan, that looks like some fun terrain for the Katana. 

I can see this ski in your quiver 

post #13 of 18
The Katana's were my go-to ski last season. Spend more days on them than any other. I'd say the Colesport video is pretty bang on. Think of it as a powder ski that does just as well as an all mtn board.
post #14 of 18
Does anyone have an opinion on ski length for the Kanata 2010? Being that the 2010 Katana is twin tip and reverse camber it seems to me that it would ski much shorter. At 180 lbs and 6' tall, I'm thinking I should be skiing the Katana at 190 cm. Any thoughts here?
post #15 of 18
I have a pair of 2010 Katana 190 cm...some friends have recommended "thinking" about where I will have my bindings mounted.  In general, it appears that the bindings are mounted further back from the ski center and friends are recommending mounting them a few centimeters to the front.  Anybody have ideas on this?  hmmiller@bresnan.net
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Friends on these boards say they ski about 4 cm shorter than what you buy due to the twin tips and the feel.  A 165# 5"11" skied the 183's and really wants the 190's, as they flex easily and felt short to him...
post #17 of 18
 I'm 6' 195 lbs and I'll be skiing it in 183.
post #18 of 18
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Originally Posted by Vinski View Post

 


 

Hi epic,

Can you give us any more info on the '10 Katana - what changes from 09? I heard the powder channel is gone?... That vid said it was flat camber with early rise. How much rocker is there? Cool vid, but as a marketer - most of that text is just puffery I reckon. That can't be THAT mind-blowing on groomers, surely?..

 

So epic, I'd be keen to hear more about how they skied, how they compare to other skis you've been on, etc.

Cheers,

Vinski
 


the skis is full on rockered, with that said its feel good to great everywhere. Even GS turns on ICE groomers work. its like instant turns on groomers because the skis is already decamberd for you. off trail nothing hangs them up!


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Originally Posted by wizard View Post

The Katana's were my go-to ski last season. Spend more days on them than any other. I'd say the Colesport video is pretty bang on. Think of it as a powder ski that does just as well as an all mtn board.

yep your right
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