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More of a weapon than a ski; the Katana slays all.

Speed-demon-ninja pow slayers have a new and improved weapon to destroy deep days—the Volkl Katana Alpine Ski. Vertical sidewalls, two sheets of titanium, and a wood core create a stiff ski that charges big mountain lines like a metal crowd charges riot police. A slight rocker extends your domination to the rest of the mountain, providing float in the deep and an edge on crud and hardpack. The super-fat Katana stomps big cliffs, straight-lines chutes, and smears delicious turns on hero snow, and its raised, nearly twin-tip tail allows switch powder landings when you feel a little jibby.

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what are the rocker, camber dimensions on...

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what are the rocker, camber dimensions on this ski?

I am thinking about making skis, has any one tried, how did they turn out compared to factory skis?

I have narrowed it down to 5 skis, the...

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I have narrowed it down to 5 skis, the volkl gotama, the armada jj, volkl katana, k2 obsethed, and moment night train. I need a ski for big mountain, but jibs a little. I am 5 ft. tall, so will these skis fit me? This ski will be used in powder and crud.

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obsethed is probably best for your needs and it was designed for big mountain and occational switch anyhow. better then the jj at big mountain and the night train is a bc jib ski so it won't perform so great at big mountain. the katana isn't friendly enough for jib. get the 169 obsethed

Just picked up the 2010 190s. Ski 30+ days...

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Just picked up the 2010 190s. Ski 30+ days at squaw per year. 6'3 200lbs 24yr old aggressive skier.

Advice on mounting position?

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I have the 2010s in 197. The guys at Teton Village Sports suggested mounting them +2 at least. The center line is pretty far back on the 2010s. Mine are perfect

Is there a real difference between this...

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Is there a real difference between this years model and last years model? Thanks in advance.

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no there is not unless you include the graphics

2009 Katana -- Thirds at Alta

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2009 Katana, 190 cm, mounted boot center with Marker Jester bindings; Skier is 5'8", 168 lbs.

What about mounting point opts for the...

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What about mounting point opts for the Katana, think I read somewhere that you should go 1-3 cm back from boot center for "freeriding"......?

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I just got my 2010 190's mounted with Marker Dukes. The demarcated boot-center line is pretty far back, especially compared to my other Volkls. I have the Chopsticks and Bridges, both mounted -2cm from true measured center. So, I ended up mounting the Katanas +2.5cm from the bootcenter mark which is still pretty far back. If you read other discussions about this, many people have been happy with the exact boot center mark.

Will Backcountry be getting any 190s in...

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Will Backcountry be getting any 190s in soon? Thanks.

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Hey there,

Yeah. The ETA was for 11/26/2010...So now it's day-to-day. Just keep checkin' the site.

Has anyone set these up as tele skis? If...

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Has anyone set these up as tele skis? If so, how do they fair for free heelers?

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Love my 190's with HammerHead Tele bindings mounted boot center. Floats like a champ and cuts through crud like not other alipine/tele combo ive tried. Go for it, i've seen a few others with similar kit - everyone seems to love the setup so you wont be disappointed.

Only downside they are a bit heavy so takes its toll when billy goating about and i thought they'd carve the groomers better. Needs more speed than i'd have liked on the groomers to get it to run when leaning into it.

All around fantastic with the heel up. If i had to do a one ski tele kit i'd do it again without a doubt.

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I have the older katanas with the powder...

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I have the older katanas with the powder groove, is the new design that much better that I should upgrade? Thanks if you have an answer.

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Yes! The new Katana is a completely different ski. The slight rocker makes all of the difference. It is a little more forgiving and playful. It is also a lighter so that it floats more in powder. This years Katana is the most fun ski I have ever skied on. It rips!

Yes!  The new Katana is a completely different ski.  The slight rocker makes all of the difference.  It is a little more forgiving and playful.  It is also a lighter so that it floats more in powder.  This years Katana is the most fun ski I have ever skied on.  It rips!
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The only thing I could add to that is that the new Katana is also more durable. Like the Explosiv this ski will go down in the books as one the best of all time!

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The ultimate 1 quiver ski

Well almost ;D

Funny how the Katana has gotten overlooked in previous years. I've been rocking the 176's the last couple seasons & it is my go to ski for almost all conditions. It'll do pow & rail on hard snow, now how is that possible? The 2 sheets of metal makes this quite torsionally stiff for a fat ski & the slight rocker makes it float like a dream.

It appears that the Katana is finally come of age & getting the recognition it deserves. A volkl classic.

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How tall are you? Can't decide between the 183's and 176's. Keep getting conflicting answers. I've been rocking 177 Volkl Mantras and they've been awesome. HELP?

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I'm 5'8" 145 and ski the 183, and it's extremely easy to ski. Fantastic boards. Wouldn't dream of going shorter.

2010/2011 Volkl Katana Ski

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Speed-demon-ninja pow slayers have a new and improved weapon to destroy deep days—the Volkl Katana Alpine Ski. Vertical sidewalls, two sheets of titanium, and a wood core create a stiff ski that charges big mountain lines like a metal crowd charges riot police. A slight rocker extends your domination to the rest of the mountain, providing float in the deep and an edge on crud and hardpack. The super-fat Katana stomps big cliffs, straight-lines chutes, and smears delicious turns on hero snow, and its raised, nearly twin-tip tail allows switch powder landings when you feel a little jibby.

Skiing the 2010 Gotamas in 186 but thinking...

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Skiing the 2010 Gotamas in 186 but thinking about stepping up to the new Katanas. What will I gain/loose? Been reading that the Katanas ski "short"? What does that mean in comparison with the length of the Gotamas? Are the 190 Katanas simply 4 cm longer than than the 186 Goatmas or?? I´m 180 cm and 85 kg.

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I have the 190cm Katanas (2009/10) and the 186cm Gotamas (also 2009/10). They are almost exactly the same length. I originally got the next shorter Katanas but returned them because I thought they would be too short.

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Yes. The Katanas ski shorter. I ski a 178 Gotama and a 183 Katana. As far as what you will gain/loose. The Katana is not quite as much fun on the groomers or in the bumps, but is legends ahead in powder and crud. The Katana rips in variable conditions. It is a little stiffer due to the metal in the ski and not quite a snappy, but more stable at high speeds. I ski my Gotama on hard pack days, otherwise my Katana is my go to ski.

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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.

Struggling between the 190 and 197 length....

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Struggling between the 190 and 197 length. 6’-2’ @ 195 lbs. Aggressive skier, but like to keep my feet on the ground these days. Coming off the Nordica Blower 193. Traditionally like big stiff skies. Anyone skiing the 197? Does the rocker design ski shorter then the actual length?

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i'm an inch shorter and 10 pounds lighter than you. i skied the 190 last season and really liked it. To answer your question on length. yes the rocker does make the ski seem a little shorter on the hard back. it skis more like a184, but in the powder(were it matters)it skis just as long as a traditional 190, but floats even better. if you are only skiing it on only powder days, i would maybe think about the 197, but i think the 190 would be better. i had a metal binding on the ski and the set up is not light. that 197 will be the heaviest ski you have ever owned.

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Agreed on the 190 length. I'm 6'2" and 185. FUN ski.

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The 197 is huge. My husband is 6'4" 200lbs. He was convinced that he needed the 197. After a season of throwing the ski around, he bought a 190. The 190 is plenty of ski for most resorts. If you are headed to Alaska, maybe consider the 197. Or if you only want to go straight, go for the 197. Otherwise, I would suggest the 190.

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If you are doing much turing or in tight trees go for the 190.

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Slarvy Amazingness

My Stats
5'9''
135lbs
Expert Skier
Demoed at Crystal Mountain

183cm
This monster is full rockered, and I gave it a whirl to try that type of ski. The Katana is incredible! I found it was very stable, did any type of turn I wanted, and was great in all terrain. Quite a fun ski. Also the Katana promotes slarving over carving. One of my favorite skis I demoed.

To check out my other skis I demoed the same day for comparison, go to
http://williamrichmondski.blogspot.com/search/label/Gear%20Reviews

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After you Demo'd the 183 Katana's do you feel that was too much ski? Would you rather go with the 176's? I'd like your opinion but did you demo the elsewhere as well? No offense but your title yourself and expert skier but you demo'd the skis at Crystal Mountain. I don't even know why you would need such a powder ski in the Midwest.

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I grew up in the midwest knowing of your crystal mtn, but there is another one out west that averages 30 feet of snow http://www.skicrystal.com/The-Mountain/Mountain-stats