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Waist Width: 112
The V-Werks Katana is a carbon-light, premium-priced version of the regular Katana (which has been discontinued from the Volkl line), weighing some 15 percent less. It's a 112-waisted, fully rockered powder ski that's built like a race ski. It's part of Volkl's V-Werks collection of super-premium skis, which are built with no sparing of expense on materials (and priced accordingly-up to $1,450 suggested retail, binding included). Weight savings is the primary focus, so V-Werks versions of the Code Speedwall and Katana are carbon-rich constructions, very noticeably quicker and livelier on snow. Volkl reduces weight not only by replacing fiberglass with carbon at every opportunity, but also by milling channels in the wood core and leaving them empty. 3D Ridge construction features a raised ridge down the center of the ski that allows the ski to be thinner and more sensitive over the edges yet just as strong torsionally and longitudinally.