2021 Völkl Katana 108

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Drahtguy Kevin: Sweet mother Mary, what a ride. This new offering doesn’t have a traditional damp feel, but the dampness is there. It has an almost carbon feel. The Katana 108 is a mover and shaker that doesn’t try to run away. It is a snap to stay on top of in variable snow and groomed, and you can drive it hard and not get punished. The strong and predictable nature combined with quickness made me forget the width.

Insider tip: This is a strong ski for strong skiers.​
 
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Who is it for?
Strong skiers wanting a wider all-mountain ski will find a friend in the Katana 108.
Who is it not for?
Lightweights may find this ski a bit much.
Skier ability
Expert
Ski category
All Mountain, Powder
Ski attributes
Off Piste, Trees
Segment
Men

Specifications

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Available sizes
170, 177, 184, 191
Dimensions
146-108-129
Radius
34/19/[email protected]
Rocker profile
Camber with tip and tail rocker
Construction design
All new
Binding options
Flat
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Drahtguy Kevin

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Please compare and contrast the Katana 108 directly with the 100-eight.
The Katana is a much stronger, stiffer ski. It begs to be driven and trucks through chop like few other 1-0-something skis. It’s a more serious ski that you can let off the gas on and still have a good day.

The 100Eight, which I own, is a better pure powder ski with more natural float. It is more playful and pivots easier. It’s much softer in the tip and doesn’t feel as quick when carving back to the lift. It is lighter as well and the top-end can be reached when pushed.

Both are fine skis that could exist together in a large quiver.
 

GregK

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A more similar comparison to the 100Eight is the new Völkl Blaze 106 which replaces it. Added some low camber, the 3D radius for more versatility and it’s been getting great reviews.

Anxious to get on the Katana 108 as it looks like a great extension to the Mantra series that I’m a big fan of.
 

Philpug

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A more similar comparison to the 100Eight is the new Völkl Blaze 106 which replaces it. Added some low camber, the 3D radius for more versatility and it’s been getting great reviews.

Anxious to get on the Katana 108 as it looks like a great extension to the Mantra series that I’m a big fan of.
While I didn't ski the K108, I do agree the 3D sidecut Völkl skis are fantastic.
 

Paul Frede

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I asked my Völkl rep about the difference between the Mantra 102 and the Katana 108. He said “The Katana is a meat stick for bad asses.” Nuff Said.
 

anders_nor

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My rep/importer said the diff was there, but not that drastic, so hmmmm...

the mantra 102 for me has worked as a early morning ski to rip before people wakeup, I've taken it for gromed runs at 06:45 when I've usually taken FIS GS skis and late in afternoon when everyhting is just piles of shit/ice as it doesnt seem to care and just rail through.

the mantra 102, 191cm has honestly been the only ski I haven't been able to fold except for race GS stuff in.. a very long time. So many skis claim "no speed limit" but has a very definte speed limit when going in bumps on carve makeing them fold.

If the 108 is indeed even more stick, I really want to try it,but not really something I want on demo bindings :eek:
 

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