M. Curtis

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Alpine Touring
Mountain Biking
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M. Curtis

M. Curtis wrote an answer about on December 27, 2012

The Katana is one of my all-time favorite Volkl skis. It's the greatest ski for big-mountain charging, especially in variable conditions. The 177 and 184 have a very user friendly flex where the 191 and 198 are quite a bit stiffer and have a more pro model flex. How tall, heavy and how do you ski?

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M. Curtis

M. Curtis wrote an answer about on September 1, 2012

You can't lose with either ski. If you are looking for a Big-Mtn ski that you can charge through variable terrain and snow conditions go with the 184 Katana. If you want a bit more versatility and more comfortable ride go with the 186 Gotama. They both feature a full-rocker profile which keeps the entire edge in contact with the snow and gives the skier more confidence, control and stability.

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M. Curtis

M. Curtis wrote an answer about on November 9, 2011

Where are you skiing?

This is a brand new version of the Mantra with a slightly wider waist(98mm vs 96mm) then years past and Tip Rocker. If you like to ski faster with longer turn shapes and especially if you will be in open terrain, 177. If you are skiing harder snow conditions and make tighter turn shapes, 170.

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M. Curtis

M. Curtis wrote a review of on November 9, 2011

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The 2011/2012 Katana features new and true sizing (177, 184, 191, 198), new shape (143/112/132), new full rocker profile that has been integrated into the new molds instead of being pressed into the ski and definitely a new flex pattern. The 177 and 184 have a Human flex pattern suitable for any level skier looking for a Big Mountain ski that can handle varying snow conditions and difficult terrain. The 191 and 198 have an athlete flex pattern better suited for larger skiers or skiers looking for a Big Mountain ski that they can stomp on when things get dicey (i.e., Ian McIntosh, Kevin Quinn)

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M. Curtis

M. Curtis wrote an answer about on November 9, 2011

The 2011/2012 Katana features new and true sizing (177, 184, 191, 198), new shape (143/112/132), new full rocker profile that has been integrated into the new molds instead of being pressed into the ski and definitely a new flex pattern. The 177 and 184 have a Human flex pattern suitable for any level skier looking for a Big Mountain ski that can handle varying snow conditions and difficult terrain. The 191 and 198 have an athlete flex pattern better suited for larger skiers or skiers looking for a Big Mountain ski that they can stomp on when things get dicey (i.e., Ian McIntosh, Kevin Quinn)

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M. Curtis

M. Curtis wrote an answer about on November 9, 2011

Ben, not sure if your Shiro mounting position question has been answered yet... If you ski switch a lot don't be afraid of moving forward +3 and beyond. If you are a more traditional directional skier then +1 to +2 has been working great for athletes and company reps alike.

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M. Curtis

M. Curtis wrote an answer about on October 18, 2010

Gotama to Katana sizing is as follows... 170 Gotama = 176 Katana, 178 G = 183 K, 186 G = 190 K, 194 G = 197 K ... This has led to much internal debate and I can't tell you why it works out this way just that both skis ski great.

As Jess said you'll gain high speed variable snow stability and float in the powder in the Katana and a more playful versatility with the Gotama. Hope this helps.

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M. Curtis

M. Curtis wrote an answer about on October 18, 2010

For east coast trees I would recommend the 178. Volkl's ELP (elongated low profile) rocker design helps the skis maneuverability at slow speeds by allowing the ski to pivot with ease and helps the stability of the ski at high speed by keeping more edge in contact with the snow. The Gotama floats high in the soft snow and rips the groomers... would be a great option for east coast soft snow ski.

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M. Curtis

M. Curtis wrote an answer about on October 18, 2010

178 should work nicely! New Gotama measures true cord length which means they come out of the box a little longer then most. If you were looking for a high speed resort ski for mixed terrain and snow conditions I might recommend the 186 but whereas you are looking for a BC tele ski the 178 should give you more versatility and maneuverability in tight spots.

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