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Waist Width: 132
Lengths: 177, 184,191, 198
The powerful Katana is built to be particularly well-suited to strong skiers who ski big mountains (ie, Jackson, Sun Valley, Squaw) where hard snow conditions can be as prevalent as soft snow. It’s a powder ski at heart, but constructed like a 112-mm wide race ski in order to deliver surprisingly carve-amenable performance on days between storms. That same powerful construction, along with moderate sidecut, makes it a hard charger that, even on powder days, would rather go down the mountain fast rather than across it cautiously. It’s part of the Big Mountain Freeskiing collection, which includes all of Volkl’s fattest skis, from the massive Kuro, with its powder-specific 132 mm waist, down to the venerable Gotama, which, at 107 mm underfoot, offers hard-snow versatility. All offer the integrity of full wood cores and sturdy vertical sidewalls. Some incorporate two sheets of metal for a traditionally powerful performance, while some are carbon-reinforced so as to be lighter weight. All are sold flat (no binding). All are fully rockered tip to tail, with no camber underfoot, for maximum float and surfiness in deep snow. The incorporation of the two new models, the One and Two, adds a couple of smeary newschool-style skis to the collection.