Völkl V-Werks Katana ski review, 2017/2018 men's Big Mountain Category, from our equipment experts at Realskiers.com powered by Masterfit.

Völkl’s V-Werks Katana is the world’s largest carving ski. OK, it’s fully rockered like off-trail-oriented skis, it worked hard to lose weight—making metal irrelevant by adding layer upon layer of carbon—and even has a hole in the tip to show it’s a backcountry bro. But Völkl's V-Werks Katana would be content if all it was ever asked to do was carve trenches in corduroy. The ski loves to live at an edge angle higher than Hunter S. Thompson, presuming its pilot knows how to ride its razor edge. You can try to make short, carved turns, but by the time you’ve finished the first arc, the V-Werks Katana will be 50 yards downhill waiting for you to catch up. We shouldn’t make it sound like the ski won’t drift to the edge, because it will, but to subject a fine ski like Völkl's V-Werks Katana to a life adrift, always being pushed around at a low edge angle, is like asking Rembrandt to paint only with his fingers. It bears mention that the V-Werks Katana served as the test pilot for the 3D.Ridge design that has since become the focal feature in the Völkl collection. “Incredible edge hold,” noted Greg Winkels. “In soft or deeper snow this ski cuts every turn and slices snow like a sushi knife.”