Völkl Katana (2008)

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Rating: / 5
Price: $975.00
Year: 2008
Level: 3
Gender: Male
Waist Width:
Tip/Tail/Waist: 140/111/130
Lengths: 168, 176, 183, 190, 197

Stability at speed: 3.11 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.16 / 5
Crud performance: 3.31 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.58 / 5

Vertical sidewalls and two sheets of titanium provide power to punch through variable snow, without making the Katana too stiff for fluff.

Props

Nimble enough for tight spots; stable enough for bombing bowls.

Gripes

Hard to tell if the semi-swallowtail actually helped sink the tails in powder.

Tester's Take

"Floaty and maneuverable, yet held tough on firm snow." —Mike Britt