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Volkl Katana (2008)

Volkl Katana (2008)

Nothing beat the Katana for Flotation. Not surprising, given its width. It's a new design from Völkl. The Gotama remains in the line as the backcountry twin-tip, but the Katana, with its slight-twin swallowtail, favors a less jib-specific application. It'll ride switch, but is built mainly for crushing steep powder, with a turn-finish integrity that twin-tips lack and a slight rocker in the camber that keeps its tip from diving and makes it easy to smear off speed in tight spots. Despite its width, testers were wowed by its agility. "Nice flotation; really quick on your feet," said Sabanosh.

Best For

Deep powder, technical lines.

Not For

Frontside posing: It's unwieldy on hardpack.

PRICE (MSRP): $975.00
Product Specifications | How We Test
Year2007/2008
LevelAdvanced
MSRP$975.00
GenderMale
Bindingwithout bindings
Lengths168, 176, 183, 190, 197
Tip/Waist/Tail140/111/130
Rating: Powder Performance3.45 / 5
Rating: Stability at Speed3.11 / 5
Rating: Long Turns3.36 / 5
Rating: Medium Turns3.62 / 5
Rating: Short Turns3.40 / 5
Rating: Maneuverability3.54 / 5
Rating: Hard Snow Grip3.16 / 5
Rating: Crud Performance3.31 / 5
Rating: Corduroy Performance3.65 / 5
Rating: Moguls Performance3.78 / 5
Rating: Forgiveness3.58 / 5
Rating: Quickness/Bumps3.47 / 5
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