Volkl Katana V-Werks

2014

Mens Big Mountain
Volkl
Price: £800.00
Overall:
High speed off piste:
Short turns off piste:
On Piste:
Steeps:
Ease of use:
Ability Level Lower Advanced Lower Expert Upper Advanced Upper Expert
Sidecut 143-112-132
Turn radius 23.4 (177)
Lengths 177, 184, 191
Construction Multi layer wood core
Carbon fibre reinforcement
Full rocker
Strengths High quality and light. Grips well on the piste
Weaknesses Can feel less stable at higher speeds in deep snow. High price

They say

In Völkl’s words, the Katana is ‘the world’s most technically advanced bigmountain ski’.

We say

It’s incredibly light for a model of this type, reducing weight by using carbon fibre layers, and increasing performance by using vertical sidewalls. There are a couple of characteristics which really stand out. One is the incredible sense of quality: the V-Werks is really expensive, but it looks amazing! The other is its weight. It’s noticeably much lighter than other big-mountain skis on test. On the move, that lightness really makes itself felt, and seems effortless to manoeuvre. For a big-mountain ski, it has a high level of grip on the piste. For long, fast turns in powder that lighter weight seemed to work against it a little, with less of the locked down stability of some of its competitors. But for quality of construction, and for something with a very different character, it’s a great choice.

Tester Comments

Pete Davison
Light and easy to throw about - really grippy on the steeps and in firm snow
Mark Jones
Looks like quality kit - smooth and light, with good grip on hardpack