Volkl V-Werks Katana
Carbon is a magical ingredient in top-of-the-line gear that not only replaces heavy materials, but offers strength and stiffness to boot. You won't find many brands offering carbon skis, but Volkl is one of the few. A new addition to its exclusive V-Werks collection, the V-Werks Katana boasts an almost entirely carbon fiber layup and a wood core--a combination that results in a 15% weight savings over last year's Katana. Your ski loses some weight and you lose nothing, sounds like a fair shake, right'The Katana was already a powerhouse. Its moderately girthy waist, wide tip and tail, full rocker profile, and consistent and responsive flex put it in a category that toed the line between a freeride ski and an all-mountain slayer. This season, Vokl is introducing a new version with carbon fiber and Titanal along the core to improve torsional rigidity, reduce weight while keeping the milled wood core thin and low to the ski. All said and done, the Katana transformed from a versatile all-mountain ski and freeride ski to a one destined for big-mountain touring with its addition to the exclusive V-Werks collection. Although it has the same weight-saving, performance-enhancing technology of Volkl's other V-Werks skis, the V-Werks Katana is more of a big-mountain touring ski than a performance carver. Its ultralight construction make this ski lighter than the standard Katana, although the two share the same dimensions and rocker profile. While Volkl offers three skis that are fatter and more rockered than the V-Werks Katana (the Kuro, One, and Two respectively), the Katana offers a cutting-edge balance of stiffness, floatation, stability, weight, and outright maneuverability.
Historic Range: $449.50-$899.00