Greg Wojtkun wrote an answer about Volkl Katana Ski on January 27, 2014
Yes. Go for the 184 or even 177.
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Yes. Go for the 184 or even 177.
If you are an advanced big mountain skier and you like to take on charging groomers when there is no powder but you also want a ski that is ready to take on a 12" dump, this is the ski for you. I used to ride the Katanas (which are awesome too) but those are built more for free ride steep powder lines. I just wasn't doing enough of that and was spending a good amount of time on groomers and trees while waiting for a storm. The Gotama is perfect for this scenario! I didn't see any real performance loss in the steep powder but the upgrade on groomers was awesome. A bit more stable on the on piste stuff than the Katana and I also went from a 184 Katana down to a 178 Gotama (Im 5'10" 165) and I was fearful the drop in length would lose some stability at high speeds. Not the case at all... I found myself just as stable and with less chatter on groomers. I will say that the ski performs much better on fast, long/wide groomer turns. If you are looking for a tweener pow/groomer ski that is better for slalom/carving style on groomers but still works in powder, check out the mantra. But the Gotama is a perfect All Mtn ski for big mountain skiers (Colorado, Utah, BC, etc) who want that perfect ski to tackle the power days, but also want something fun to rip groomers, crud, or the trees. This is the ski for that!!! Katana was OK for groomers also, but I found a better performance in the Gotama with no drop off in steep powder.
So Ive always been hesitant to spend money on bindings. Ive always used older bindings for as long as I could because I assumed the snug feeling and control was in the boot and the board and, of course, the rider ability. This was the first time I splurged on a stiffer performance binding. Im glad I did... Holy crap what a difference. Extremely stable binding! My riding style is fast groomers and steep powder (I don't sniff the park... not for me) so I can only comment on the Targa's performance for my style and its amazing. What I especially like about this binding, is that it feels well built. No twisting, cracking noises, etc. Once you buckle in, there is no need to do that extra crank or two. Once your in, your in. Also, its very tunable to your riding style and comfort. You can adjust the tilt, canter (They provide 3 soles of various canter angles), slide fwd, back, raise the back support, center your boot up, etc. Takes a couple of rides to get it calibrated, but when you do, oh man what a good binding. Im much more in control at faster speeds with this binding. Its def worth the investment. Stiff but not super stiff. And you can actually calibrate the stiffness to your style! Don't hesitate, go get it.
Love this board. I can only comment on how the board is to my riding style which is all mountain, fast groomers, steep powder, etc. Performs awesome... great stability at high speeds but not super super stiff. Great in the powder and turns with ease. I don't any park riding, so cant comment how it performs in that area. I paired my Anthem with the Targa binding. Such a good set up for charging fast and hard!
I rode last years board (borrowed from a friend) and I loved it. So I bought this years... its the same. Rides and feels the same. I don't know if they changed the sizing range, but overall, more or less the same. I cant see any major technology upgrades in snowboards right now that would be a game changer. Stick with what you got and squeeze one more season out of it!
Yep... I bought the 110 and bent them. Works just fine. (Honestly, ski brakes are just about useless in the backcountry or on steep in bounds chutes. They work on groomers, but how many advanced skiers are yard sailing on groomers?)
Just strapped these up to some new Katanas. Great Binding... excellent control and stability. Feels very stable once clicked in. Very easy to adjust the din setting. Ive only tried these out on the Katana, but they seem great for big mountain charging in all conditions. If thats your tune, then strap these up to your big mountain planks. (pair perfectly with Katanas). Oh and if you are trying to determine buying these verse the Jester Pro, I would say if you are an aggresive big mtn skier under 200 LBS, these work just fine and are a bit lighter in weight I believe. (I am 5'10" 170)
The Katanas are the way to go if you are looking for the ideal go to ski for any conditions when skiing Big Mountains. Great for the Gnarly/Steep terrain,Perfect in Powder, Drives through Crud, They even rip Groomers better than most carving skis Ive used in the past. Amazing construction (Way better than the Made in China Katana from 2011). These are made in Germany and the performance shows. Makes turning in big/steep conditions effortless. The amount of rocker is perfect for powder, but doesnt hurt you on the groomers. Perfect all conditions ski, but excels best on big mountain terrain with some fresh powder. Oh, and pair them up with Jester or Jester Pro bindings. Thats one Nasty set up!
26/26.5 = 307mm27/27.5 = 318mm28/28.5 = 328mm
Ive been riding these for about 3 years now and used them about 40 days per season and they are still kicking strong! They are ready for a 4th season...no signs of slowing down. Great for all mountain... super sturdy, great performance, and pretty darn comfortable. The initial break in period caused some pain, but after that first week they were fine. That is the case with any boot. I like how you can modify the boot to your skiing style and the lining molds to your foot. Buckles are super sturdy and I ski pretty hard and beat the crap out of these things... still going strong for 3+ seasons. Very durable and excellent performance in all mountain conditions. They are a bit heavy in the back country, but if you are just taking a hike/skin or two once a week they are fine for that. If you are venturing out in the BC more than 50% of your time I would look into an AT boot. They are designed more for in bounds all mountain skiing. You wont be dissapointed... Have fun.