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Waist Width: 112
Lengths: 177, 184, 191
The V-Werks Katana, which returns unchanged for 2017, 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 with a premium build and a premium price.
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-$1,375 suggested retail, binding included, for the Katana). Weight savings is the primary focus, so the V-Werks is a carbon-rich construction, 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. The Katana’s 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.
Volkl is based in Straubing, Germany (Bavaria), where it has been making skis since 1914. Affiliated brands include Dalbello and Marker. Like K2 and Line, Volkl is a subsidiary of Jarden Corp., which itself became a subsidiary of the Newell Rubbermaid consumer-products conglomerate in 2016. -J.C.