Ron montanasliderwrote a review of Volkl Katana Ski on April 6, 2014
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Some thoughts on the Katana, this was my first non traditional cambered ski, I bought the 184 cm and am 5.10 175 lbs. I was skeptical at first as much as i love to ski powder, realistically you have to do hard pack and ice sometimes to get to it. In this respect the Kantana does ok, but it is not a hard snow ski. It is not a one ski quiver. I have several Older Volkl's that are more stable and bite harder on ice and firmer snow. That being said, if it is semi soft , mushy, or powder, they rock! In powder the width floats the ski, and the reverse camber allows you to pivot quickly to change your line in the tree's. Keeping the skis flat effectively "shortens " their length. Yet magically when put back on edge they give a strong smooth carve and bite well. On soft groomers you can put them on edge and rail hard , they power right around and are a blast with a very smooth and predictable arc. Surprisingly also when you point them down to take a run out , they do not swim and chatter as you would expect with the reverse camber design,. There is some tip bounce and flutter, but they remain stable and solid. I could not find a speed limit on my local hill, and they put quite a grin on my face at speed! I made the mistake of letting my wife try them in 9" of fluff in the tree's and left over powder on mogul's, she described them as "skiing on velvet" so I guess I am looking for another pair! Highly recommended.