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Your all-mountain weapon of choice.
The razor-like Volkl Kendo Ski makes cuts with impressive speed, power, and precision. It has an all-mountain mid-fat waist for quick edge-to-edge and full wood core with vertical lamination and Titanal reinforcement for stability and torsional control. The girthy tip rocker means effortless float in powder and easy entry in crud. It's really a hard-charging capable carver that likes to go deep.
- Tip rocker profile with traditional camber
- Power/Tough Box construction
- Vertical sidewalls
- Sensorwood vertically laminated poplar and beech core
- Titanal reinforcement
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I am 5'9" 170lb aggressive, but senior...
I am 5'9" 170lb aggressive, but senior skier. I demoed Kendo about 2 years ago. I am thinking 177cm to hold the edge but considering the 170. Any recommendations?
For you height and weight I would recommend 177. What size did you demo?
I think the 177cm will work fine for you. Can I ask what ski your are currently on and the length of them? You will enjoy the additional length in the soft snow if its your only ski.
I currently ski the Scott Punisher for...
I currently ski the Scott Punisher for trees, powder, crud, and groomers but it is a bit much to handle on true long bump runs. Thinking of getting the Kendo for a my bump and groomer ski. What are your thoughts? I am 6' 4" and 250. Thank you
These skis would work great for longer bump runs because they are only 89 under foot so they will turn much easier. Since you are a bigger guy I would recommend going for the 184 size at the smallest but you would probably like a 189 too.
A late response to this question but I have skied a Kendo for many years and I love them in the bumps. Quick, snappy, light, strong. I think the 184cm would be the way to go just because you spend a lot of time in the bumps. In my opinion a 189cm Kendo with that stiff tail wouldn't be that enjoyable. But Im only 6'1" and 178 lbs, I ski a 177cm original Kendo and would never want it any longer. Especially if you have a punisher. Did you already purchase it??
Not typical volkl
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Let me start out by saying that I absolutely love volkl skis. I ski on shiros currently. Had the opportunity to demo this ski alongside the Blizzard Bonafide and Salomon Enduro. But this ski did not feel like a volkl. It just wasn't super fun to ski. It was super stiff, yes, but that is not a deal breaker for me as I am an advanced skier. If you are not an advanced skier, this ski will kick you in the butt, as it wants to go fast and hard, and unless you are aggressive enough to push it, it will bounce you around. I didn't like the flex patter in it. It didn't feel snappy and quick, but kinda sluggish. It carved surprisingly well, and held an edge when I wanted it to. In comparison to the other skis I demoed, and my opinion, this ski ranked last out them all. I was disappointed, as I was really hoping I would like these skis. Now, I have Blizzard Bonafides coming in the mail. Test them out before you buy. Some probably like them, but not my favorite ski.
Pretty quick edge to edge. Stiff ski that will allow you to push the ski hard.
Currently skiing 2007 Volkl AC4 shorties...
Currently skiing 2007 Volkl AC4 shorties @ 163 cm. They were perfect for me on the east coast, but recently moved to Denver and looking forward to more off-piste and pow and also looking for another (newer) ski. Considering Kendo or Mantra 170 or 177. I am 5' 9" and 157#. I am an aggressive skier and believe it or not, I can RIP with my 163cm AC4s. I like everything from trees, quick turns, big fast GS turns, bumps, etc... Suggestions?
I'm 6'1" 180lbs and ski mantras and Kendos(non rockered versions) both in the 177cm. I ski a lot of moguls so for this stiff of a ski I personally wouldn't ski it any longer. 170cm might be a touch short and 177cm maybe a touch long. 170cm for all over fun or 177cm if looking to make sure you have something to carry you into deeper snow.