Katana V Werks

Völkl Katana V Werks

Brand
Völkl
Model
Katana V Werks
Category
Touring
Weight
1880 gr
Waist
111.8 mm
Tested length
184 cm
Year
2014

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SFI (Ski Flex Index) 

7
6
5
5
5
Fri Flyt overall rating of Völkl Katana V Werks:

8 / 10

Hard snow:
8 / 10
Soft snow:
8 / 10
Weight:
8 / 10
Technical info:
There has been a lot of talk about Völkl Katana V-Werks this year. A bold move has been to remove the whole core at the edges. This undoubtedly reduces the weight, but the question is how much it affects the strength? At the same time, it is worth noting that they are not the lightest skis in the test. It probably requires a lot of carbon fibre to keep the unsupported wings stable. Low weight in the turns is undoubtedly an advantage. The skis have medium sidecut, a long carve zone and negative camber/rocker all the way through. The flex is stiff in the back and medium in front. This is by far the largest ski in the test, and it still weighs less than two kilos.

On snow:
There was something strange about the hype around Katana V-Werks. It got people who didn´t really do a lot of touring interested in light skis. The first reviews claimed that they were "incredible on hard snow”. Well, they are. They respond well and they like it rough. They are super smooth on groomed slopes, and that is where they really stand out. In powder they float like you would expect considering the width, but nothing extraordinary. Neither do they convince us on uneven surfaces. Katana V-Werks has an unorthodox construction and can be recommended.


Katana V Werks

Technical data:

Measured length
184 cm
Flex (relative stiffness)
SFI 76555
Brand
Völkl
Model
Katana V Werks
Produced
Germany
Available lengths
177, 191
Contact length
34 cm
Rocker tail
70 cm
Rocker nose
80 cm
Side cut
150 cm
Taper tail
12 cm
Taper tip
22 cm
Setback (true center to narrowest point)
15 cm
Tested mounting point (true center to boot center)
15 cm
Max tail width
131.6 mm
Min waist width
111.8 mm
Max nose width
142.7 mm
Side cut radius
24.3 mR
Width difference nose vs. tail
11.1 mm
Surface area (one ski)
2216 cm2
Weight
1880 gr
Relative weight
0.85 gr/cm2
Hight tail tip
20 mm
Hight nose tip
67 mm
Angle tail tip
15°
Angle nose tip
45°

This sequence of numbers indicates stiffness. Each number corresponds to a part of the ski, from tail to tip. 5 equals the average
for this part and length of the ski. Lower values indicate softer skis, higher values stiffer.