“Incredible edge hold,” said Greg Winkels of Völkl’s V-Werks Katana. “In soft or deeper snow this ski cuts every turn and slices snow like a sushi knife.” Accordingly, the V-Werks Katana could be called 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. 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.

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