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2010 volkl katana sizing

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

Hi folks,

well there's frost on the lawn this morning!!

I'm going to pick up a new pair of boards and am looking for some advice /opinions on sizing.

A little background..

Male,48

5'-8"/175lbs

advanced skier but really don't get out enough to say expert.athletic build,fairly fit, relatively aggresive.

favorite mountains ...

RED,Kicking horse,Castle mountain.anywhere in the Canadian west after a major dump!!

love pow/trees,and big Alpine. comfortable on black D's, like the challange of double D's .

 

my question is regarding 2010 Volkl katanas . I'm on the fence between 176cm or 183's

does anyone have any experience with them and some advice?

I'm currently skiing 2005 Atomic metron EX 175cms and 2008. Rossi Bandit Quad 100 175cm

mounted with Marker dukes I like them both but skied the rossi's more last season even when the MEX's may have been the better choice.(choppy crud?).I would like the Katanas for those big pow days and for cat skiing. (working on the "if you buy them the pow will come"theory)

 

Anyone??

 

any input would be greatly appreciated i really struggle with these borderline decsions.

Thanks 

post #2 of 11

183cm

 

skis will ski shorter than either your metrons or Quads, yet will ski longer(in 3d) at the same time.

 

and as long as the crud doesnt have hard bottom the katana will out perform either there.

 

post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 

hey,

thanks for the input. I had read that the Katana skied shorter due to the slight reverse camber(I think it may have been a previous post from you) but I'm a little confused by your statement "shorter but longer at the same time (3d)" What do you make of Volkl's sizing guidance that says "forhead height " for advanced skiers  vs. chin/nose for novice/intermediate.

Thanks

post #4 of 11
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Originally Posted by xcountry41 View Post

hey,

thanks for the input. I had read that the Katana skied shorter due to the slight reverse camber(I think it may have been a previous post from you) but I'm a little confused by your statement "shorter but longer at the same time (3d)" What do you make of Volkl's sizing guidance that says "forhead height " for advanced skiers  vs. chin/nose for novice/intermediate.

Thanks


I dont listen to sizing charts, I listen to what works. your advance borderline expert. 

 

The katana will ski shorter because its easier to pivot and will turn quicker on any surface than the 175 skis you have already.

 

The katana will out float any other normal 183 due to the reverse camber and the rearward biased.

 

The metal in also let it cut though crappy snow really well as well.

post #5 of 11
Thread Starter 

thanks, that makes sense.I'll go with the 183's. when I bought my MEX's back in 06 I went with longer than sizing charts recomended based on this forum and have been happy with them.  Thanks again

post #6 of 11

I think you could ski either size and be happy depending on who you are/how you ski. I am 6' 200 lbs and feel like the 183 is the right size for me. If I lived somewhere bigger and snowier, maybe I'd rather have the 190.

 

You migt find that in the end you will want them for more than just cat skiing and big dumps.

post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by epic View Post

I think you could ski either size and be happy depending on who you are/how you ski. I am 6' 200 lbs and feel like the 183 is the right size for me. If I lived somewhere bigger and snowier, maybe I'd rather have the 190.

 

You migt find that in the end you will want them for more than just cat skiing and big dumps.

Thanks for your your input. I could flip a coin and it's still a tough call for me but I think that if the 183 Katanas truly do ski shorter than my 175 MEX or quads Then I'll be happy with that size . I'm buying them because I'm hoping for Bigger and deeper and would only use them in place of the others if they were truly more fun to ski in those other conditions Then it's all good . benifit of having a couple choices i guess.  how does that logic sound? Thanks again

 

post #8 of 11

I don't know if it will ski shorter than your MEX, but I'm sure it will ski "better". Have fun. Great ski.

post #9 of 11

62 years old 6'1" 193lbs.  I ski the Katana at 190 with the ELP rocker the ski skis very nicely at that length and I would say feels shorter underfoot,  They can be skied in deep snow effortlessly and on groomers comfortably,  I was torn between the 183 and 190 and are thrilled with my choice at 190.  If you are considering 176 or 183 definitely go 183, my only concern would be the float with the 183 given your weight. 

post #10 of 11

Sizing charts are made for gapers who don;t know how to ski. If you're athletic, strong and a decent skier the longer length is a better option.

post #11 of 11

Just so you can feel more confident about the 183's...I'm a 5'8" 160 lb female, ski mostly in WA and BC, and I love my 183 Katanas. I wouldn't even consider the 176's if I was buying them again. Remember, you're buying skis for powder, not slalom gates!

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