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Thread: Do Katana's Ski Short?
03-03-2009, 03:00 PM #1
Do Katana's Ski Short?
I was sifting through a ton of threads about the Katana to try and find out if they ski short and couldn't really find the answer.
Do they ski short?
03-03-2009, 03:16 PM #2Registered User
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According to me they do. Or at least they are very easy to handle for their size.
03-03-2009, 03:17 PM #3
03-03-2009, 03:30 PM #4
03-03-2009, 03:35 PM #5
03-04-2009, 09:10 AM #6
Does anyone else have opinions?
03-04-2009, 09:26 AM #7
03-04-2009, 11:14 AM #8
The reason I ask is because I'll be skiing them mostly in NH/VT/ME also. I'm 150 and 5' 11" advanced/expert. I use the Scott P4 181's on deeper days but feel they ski super short (I'm mounted on the line). The P4's feel like they tend to nose dive and a couple of times I went over the handle bars because of it. I'm going to remount them further back but still think they're going to feel too short.
I'm leaning toward the 190.
Last edited by ACHTUNG; 03-04-2009 at 11:23 AM.
03-04-2009, 11:22 AM #9
My buddy's son 20 yrs old, College Lacrosse player, great skillz; skis 190 Katanas as his daily driver in NH.
If you are looking for a pow ski, prob go 190.
In deep snow I ski an Armada JJ and get a great floaty, surfy feel. On the Katanas I have to watch for tip dive. ( But I have some considerable lbs. on you)
Last edited by amatog; 03-04-2009 at 11:29 AM.
03-04-2009, 04:05 PM #10
they do ski short even for volkls. I had the 183's last year and got rid of them to a friend because I wanted the 190. They actually ski shorter than the goat 183 imo. I'm 5'11 and around 185lbs. I ski the ec, mostly NH and VT and would go with the 190 if I were you. If you ski the 181 p4 and feel it skis short, than your choice must be the 190.
03-05-2009, 10:36 AM #11
6'3'' 230 lbs. I ride anything with varying levels of success.
I'm on a 190 Katana for my travel / snow day ski and love it. Smears speed easy, is stable at speed, and definetly skis short. Feels close to my 181 K2 Outlaws...
Great ski and I havent had durability challenges yet.
03-05-2009, 10:47 AM #12Registered User
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Me thinks so also... I didn't bother trying the 183s at the demo tent cuz I figured they'd feel too small... I tend to like skis in their largest size. I have tried the 197 tho... and it was good, not great tho, felt a little dead due to th lack of camber (mind you I only had it for a quick groomer rip) but they felt easier to handle (essentially shorter feeling) than my 194 Legend Pros... the also probably measure 195 or 196.
03-05-2009, 12:00 PM #13
I suppose I'm in the minority here. I thought the 190's skied long in anything but blower pow. They were very plank-like to me. And that is with 190 Sumos and 187 XXL's in the quiver. I do believe that being in the PNW and having to thread the needle through so many tight trees likely is a valid factor here too.
In the Wasatch, I might have a different opinion. I will be trying the girlie 183's soon to see I can catch the Katana buzz that others have felt and yet I found elusive on my 190's from last season.
03-05-2009, 01:12 PM #14
I pulled the trigger on a pair of 190's. I guess I'll see how I like them soon enough.
03-05-2009, 07:24 PM #15Last Days of Winter
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I'm on the 176's and I think they ski pretty much true to length. They measure short but are quite rear mounted, so the shovel is quite long. They are quickly becoming my 'go-to ski' because of how well they perform on harder as well as soft snow.
If I bring the Katana's, I dont need to worry if conditions turn out to be less powdery than forecasted.
Last edited by wizard604; 03-05-2009 at 07:36 PM.