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A weapon of mass descent.

Two sheets of titanium and a full rocker profile give the powder-crazed Volkl Katana Alpine Ski the ultimate cosmic power to slice and dice the mountain with reckless abandon. You best hang on for the ride, because this poppy wood core ski takes no prisoners through the deepest storm days or the choppy aftermath. Vertical sidewalls, a fat 112mm waist, and a low profile tip allow this all-mountain ninja-stick to easily terrorize groomers, powder fields, and chutes—and who can complain about that?
  • ELP Rocker is a full rocker profile with a flat spot underneath, a blended combination which gives you control on the groomers and float through the powder
  • Sidewall construction improves overall durability and provides more edge grip when harshing through death cookies on the last run
  • Sensorwood core makes this ski highly responsive, powerful in the turns, and gives it more pop than your tarts
  • Dual titanium sheets reduce the twisting of the ski through turns (increased torsional rigidity) and reduce ski vibration through choppy conditions
  • Lower tip shape resists diving in soft snow and provides a smooth ride on hard-packed groomers

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3 5

Charging? Yes. Waist Deep? Well.....

It is doable for sure, but the Volkl Katana Ski is about one thing and that is its charging. This. Ski. Is. Fast. It is the only freeskiing ski I've been on in the past 5 years that resembles a GS race ski in turn feel and it is relatively unflappable once locked in to the turn.

For that though, it is definitely more than a bit stiff for sure. Only the strongest park skiers will want to use it as such and people who are looking for a very easy ski stay away. I also feel that it could use a bit more tip rocker as I have been on skis of similar girth that floated better than the Katana.

Nonetheless. If you are one of those people out there who love to charge everywhere on the mountain, look here.

I alternate roughly equally between Sunshine,...

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I alternate roughly equally between Sunshine, Lake Louise, Fernie and Revelstoke (all of each mtn). Skiing ranges from lots of hard pack to lots of powder - usually in the same day - at least at LL and Sunshine. Have to go w/ only 1 ski this year. Thinking Katanas but the goats seem to have a huge following. Thoughts? 5'10", 200#.

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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.

5 5

184s

Awesome ski. The 184 was a little short for me (6'4" 200lbs) but skied super solid in a mix of bullet-proof, crud, and powder. If you like volkl skis, you should like these. Very versatile and a great all-round option for soft-snow days. Will be buying the 191s :-)

I'm going for a one ski quiver, should get...

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I'm going for a one ski quiver, should get these or the Gotamas?

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These are wider than the Goats. Depending on where you ski I would most likely recommend the goats.

I ride the 2010 Mantra as a daily driver...

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I ride the 2010 Mantra as a daily driver (184). Does anyone know how the flex of the 183 and 190 Katana compares to that of the Mantra? I know the 190 Katana is stiffer than the 183, just not sure if it will be too much for me or if the 183 is not enough ski. I love my mantras. I'm 6'-1" and 200 lbs, been skiing for 36 yrs

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These are softer than the Mantra, and with the rocker profile these ski short.

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I want to know if lenght 184 2012 has same...

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I want to know if lenght 184 2012 has same flex as 2011 version? If I´m right 191 2012 is stiffer than 2011 models?

How are these skis with short radius turns...

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How are these skis with short radius turns and moguls? Also, could they be used for touring w/ Barons or F12s?

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The old Katanas were sharp-turning boards. These updated versions are designed to take more speed and turn in large arcs. You'll be able to power them around short turns, but a ski with a shorter turn radius will perform better in the bumps and trees.

Oddly enough, the Gotama is a better all-around ski that can handle touring duty and make shorter turns than the Katana. I have a buddy who mounted Fritschis on his Gotamas and loves the bumps and trees.

5 5

Katana

Just got a pair last week, went to Girdwood (Alyeska) and spent all day on the North face of the mountain, this skiis are responsive and fast and handle the powder like nothing I have tried before. I go Heli skiing next week end and I will be taking these for the day, f you like steep and deep these are the skiis for you

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How does the 2011-12 Katana compare with...

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How does the 2011-12 Katana compare with the 2010-11 Katana. More rocker? more width? different core or sidecut?
Thank you
John Esterkyn

5 5

Super ski

Although originally regarded as big powder ski, this has been a great choice and a lot of fun in this low snow year. You can rip GS turns on groomers, ski bumps, and have all the ski you need when the snow finally arrives. Because, of course, this is still an awesome powder ski. This is a nice western one ski quiver. The only place you will feel chatter, skidding is on ice, or a steeper groomed slope - but that is to be expected. I don't know anyone who has been disappointed with these skis.

5 5

Solid

Picked these up and have taken them on most everything but icy conditions. (I have another pair of thinner volkls which I prefer for groomed/icy conditions.) The katanas rock for all-mountain conditions and luckily in alaska so far this winter we've been getting enough powder to use the katanas. they're phenomenal skis. only a slight bit of chatter on groomers compared to my last set of skis, but worth every penny.

5 5

2011/2012 Katana

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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now made in Germany, rings like the Mantra, nothing similar to the crappy chinese ski you guys were making. and leave KQ out of big mountain ripper category.

Would you consider this a stiff ski?

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Would you consider this a stiff ski?

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Insanely stiff. Got to check one out the other day at my local ski store.

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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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this is super stiff, you gotta be on top of it all the time or it will through you.

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country in which these skis are made

5 5

the new all-mountain, everyday

I spend the majority of my time on the Katanas. They are so solid, I know exactly what to expect every time and I can relax and focus on my skiing, and total enjoyment. They perform equally excellent in powder, spring corn, or hardpack--it's a one-ski quiver for today's skier.