For expert skiers who are looking for powerful freeride skis with ultimate ascent qualities, look no further than the Volkl Katana V-Werks 112 - simply outstanding.
The V-Werks really looks the part, beautifully crafted and so light for skis with so much surface area. Oooh...and then there is the performance, and we say ooooh, oooooh, ooooooh.
The flex, weight and carbon construction makes the V-Werks one of the most versatile skis out there. Although we didn't test them as a touring set up, we firmly believe that despite the 112mm width, they would perform quite happily when travelling uphill.
Their weight and build makes them so easy to turn and you can decelerate rapidly on-piste and in powder - they carve, they pivot, yet perform way above what you'd expect for something so light, giving you confidence in spades, remaining incredibly stable, even at higher speeds on-piste. But it's away from the groomed slopes where they really come into their own.
In deep powder snow conditions they make it feel like you're being wrapped in silk and gently placed into the next turn, time and time again - the V-Werks, regardless of the snow, just do what they are made to do, which is slice right through everything in their way. The flex pattern and the torsional stiffness produce a performance that's worthy of the highest praise - an Oscar winning soundtrack that's pitch perfect.
For expert skiers not afraid to let 'em go, let 'em rip and enjoy the ride every second of the way - our top expert freeride skis of the year and deservedly so. Yes the price is high, but you don't question that, because you understand why as soon as you make the first turn.
They certainly Werk for us.