Expert Charging Ski
Katana 108

Rising from the ashes of discontinuation, the Katana is by far the most demanding ski out of Völkl’s freeride lineup. It’s comparable to the Racetiger in terms of the tier of rider it takes to keep this monster under control, but for different reasons.

This retooled version of the Katana is more accessible than the long-retired original, but is still built for charging. If you aren’t yet a savvy skier used to heavier options, then it can quickly get away from you.

While it seems the new Katana is a little more user-friendly than the previous retired version, it’s still a whole lot of ski. It’s up there with the full-titanal Blizzard skis in terms of driving power and charging capabilities, but that’s simply what it takes to be a leader in the freeride and big mountain categories.

Depending on your skiing style, it might be the perfect fit, but I would opt for the Mantra for my money unless you need a real monster.

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

3.9

Things we like:

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    A serious ski for serious slopes
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    Reinforced enough to blow up anything in your path
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    For all of the metal and rigidity, you can still make smaller turn shapes
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    The kind of ski you can take as fast as you want through any snow

Things we don't like:

  • check-markOnly for expert riders who can keep it under control
  • check-markDoesn't reward sloppy skiing

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Katana 108

Specs & Features

  • Titanal Frame
  • 3 Radius Sidecut
  • Multi-Layer Woodcore
  • Full Sidewall
  • Carbon Tips
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Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

3.9

Things we like:

  • check-mark
    A serious ski for serious slopes
  • check-mark
    Reinforced enough to blow up anything in your path
  • check-mark
    For all of the metal and rigidity, you can still make smaller turn shapes
  • check-mark
    The kind of ski you can take as fast as you want through any snow

Things we don't like:

  • check-markOnly for expert riders who can keep it under control
  • check-markDoesn't reward sloppy skiing

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