One of the most fun skis i have every been on. They slay the powder, perform great and are very lively. The durability isnt that great (maybe it was just a fluke pair so i will see what happens with the new pair soon)
This was the first ski i've ever been on that had no camber to it. Previous seasons i was on the motherships and the 190 Gotamas. This was also the fattest ski i've ever skied. Overall it proved to be a very fun pow ski. Great for busting through the crud and it is very lively and responsive in the pow. I wouldn't keep it as an everyday ski but this thing excels in crud and any type of pow.
I couldnt ask for better specs as far as shape goes. The ski had the exact specs i wanted in a pow ski. I think the "powderchannel" in the tail is a little goofy. It would be nice to compare the Katana with a swallow tail and a normal twin in similar dimensions to see if it makes a difference. From what i noticed though i could really arc huge carves in the pow which might be inpart to the design. The slight rocker nose was also great, i did noticed my tips rising out of the pow more then other skis ive been on.
Its a pricey ski. Retail is over $800 i believe but you pay for what you get, Or so i thought.
the Length of the 183cm was actually a hair shorter then my 182cm motherships. I mounted them just forward of the "x". I like longer skis so i think im going to upgrade to the 190
Great flex to the ski. I would say that its not as stiff as the Goats but stiffer then then the Sumos. The tips are a little softer
As much fun as this ski was, they sure didnt last. After skiing them for a little over 2 weeks (resort and backcountry) they really havent held up. I first noticed both tails delaming on powderchannel. Then one of the channels started to rip out and break apart. After under rotating a front flip i landed on my tails and broke both of them, they know look like i have rocker tails. *note* the marker Duke binding held strong though. After further examination the sidewalls are cracking. Fortunately Volkl has a good warrenty program so im going to give them another chance and report back in a few weeks