Like a hot sword through snow.
The razor-like Volkl Kendo Ski makes cuts with impressive speed. And with this ski's 89mm waist and rockered tip, you'll have an all-mountain shredfest.
- Tip Rocker profile with raised tip and traditional camber underfoot, for easy turn-initiation, float, and superior edgehold
- Sensorwood vertically laminates light, strong poplar and beech woods for maneuverability and strength
- Power/Tough Box construction uses traditional vertical sidewalls and a wrapped torsion box for sure performance and a tough build
- Powered by Titanium means titanium alloy reinforcements between the core and base, high-speed bombs, and long life
- A 89mm waist rips on piste and off
- Wide-radius sidecut for high-speed stability
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These skis are fantastic. My preference has typically been for longer skis with a GS side cut, but these had great edge hold and speed on the icy day that I took them out on. I've skied on them for four days, but those four days covered boilerplate ice, slush moguls, and one nice 8" drop of fresh snow. They are soft up front, but they have the nice kick at the tail coming out of turns that I have always liked in Volkls. Great ski!
Type 3+ skier, with 45 years experience all over the world.
Bought this ski to be in between my 170 cm K2 Apache Recons and my 175 cm Ski Logik Raves.
Love this ski! It is not a tight turning tree-basher. It is more like a GS ski with a much wider waist. It is really a do anything ski. Not for the beginner or intermediate. Requires skill and balance. This ski will punish you if you get in the "back seat".
Bought this ski at 170 cm, and mounted with Marker Griffons. Great combination.
Kendo 177cm w/ 89cm waist - Marker Griffon 90cm brakes - no problems with brakes correct?
yes no problems have the Look Px 12 90 or any other brand would do fine 90 is perfect.
what do people think, Kendo or Prophet 90?
Weight per pair in the 177 and 184?
I'd like to get an opinion on how to size this ski. I'm 5"10, 175lbs. I'm just starting to ski the northeast and this ski would be for that purpose. Out west I can handle the diamonds and dbl diamonds at Jackson Hole. I love the trees and the bumps, but I don't get into too much back country stuff. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
177 for sure. I'm 5'10 and 180 and have skied the 177. You wouldn't want any shorter, even n the trees and bumps.
Partnerin Climb - I am same as you, 5 -11 178lbs and love the bumps and tree skiiing, bumps etc. I just spent a weekend in Alta on Kendo 163 cm and it was amazing. No need for larger. go smaller.
Mounting question. what would be pro/cons for mounting them +2. I have AC30 now and I always felt pushed back and could never get the falling leaf exercise correct on them. I demod the Kendo a couple of weeks ago and notice how easy it was to stay centered on them, but don't know how they were mounted. So I'm going back and forth between +1 or +2
Hi, folks. I am looking at the 170 Kendo for Utah resort skiing, including off-piste. I am 5'7", 160, and qualify for discount lift tickets(!). I am now on Stormriders. What do you think of the length?
second, who has a binding recommendation, both brand and mounting location? Thanks.
I am trying to decide between a few skis and it is proving quite difficult; if I had more time I would demo them all, but I do not.
First, I cannot seem to decide between a 88-90 mm waist, and a 98-ish waist. I live on the West Coast of British Columbia, and love to rip in the glades. I am 6'2" and 175 lbs, and a confident skier. I currently have 181 Salomon Ten Eighties (http://www.backcountry.com/salomon-teneighty-ski). I find them a bit too narrow for the snow out here. I still like to be able to carve hard on piste, but comfortably enjoy the wonderful off-piste conditions we have here.
Enough back story. I am looking at (in the 88-90 mm range): K2 Sideshow, Volkl Kendo and Rossi Experience 88. And in the 98mm range, the K2 Hardside, Volkl Mantra, and Rossi Experience 98.
I would appreciate any thoughts you might have. I am worried about making too big of a jump from my Ten Eighties in the waist, but as long as it is controllable, particularly in the trees, I will be happy.
I think since you live and ski in the Western part of North America the 98mm waist is the best option. My choice of ski for my one ski quiver is 95mm-105mm, this allows some waist to bust through crud and ski off trail but not enough to ruin your carving experience. It may take a few runs to get used to laying over the wider ski on edge but it will eventually come with time. I would go with the Hardside or the Experience 98 those are my two favorite in this category, very easy and fun to ski. The Experience 98 has a smaller turn radius so those quick snappy turns are definitely still possible.
Thanks Bill! That's definitely helpful. Can I ask another question or two? Why not the Mantra? Its apparently one of the best skis ever in this category. Also, I have heard that the tips on the Experience 98 can act almost like a plow in the powder making skiing there difficult. Did you experience any of that?
The Mantra is a great ski, and your right one of the best out there. I dont have personal experience with it as I do the Experience 98, its supposed to be stiffer. If your a little heavier/ taller and or like to go faster the Mantra would probably actually be a better choice.
Ian another awesome option this year is the Blizzard Bonafide, I have not been able to ski them yet but the reviews for their Flip Core technology are really good. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmSHl9wbatI
I'm trying to decide what size kendo to go with; 170 or 177.
I'm 5'9" 170lbs, advanced and currently ski 174 black diamond sigmas for front side and AT in light conditions and BD kilowatts for heavy conditions. Prob 70% front side, crud, trees and 30% backcountry. Ski in tahoe area. Ski style is fast, aggressive with wide turns, but concerned that the 177's might be too much in tight trees, bumps, etc.
Would very much appreciate your feedback.
Hey, just wanted an opinion. I've been skiing in BC for the past 5 years and am currently on 176cm Volkl Gotamas (I'm 5'6 and 160 pounds). I've recently moved out East and am looking at picking up a pair of Kendos as I'll be spending most time on hard pack and ice. I'm not sure whether I should drop back down to 170cm or stick with the 177cm. Any thoughts?
Good question. When it comes to sizing the Volkl Kendo Ski, I feel that it is going to depend on what region you'll be skiing in, but the BC in the East Coast has tighter trees and less wide open space. If you'll be doing more resort than BC, stick with the 177 and only go on the 170 if you'll be skiing primarily BC.
Hey Wally, thanks for the info. Just wanted to clarify that by BC I meant British Columbia, although out there I was frequently in the backcountry. Kendo seems perfect for what I'll be doing out East - alot of hardpack and ice in Quebec, with a few weekends in the slackcountry around Jay Peak. I do love the trees though and try to duck in where I can. So having said that, and considering the non-extreme sidecut, you're thinking the 177cm would be good? I'm always hesitant as I'm not too tall by any means...
Since you are coming off a much fatter, higher turn radius ski, I'd say stick with the longer ski. Even at the similar length, the Kendo will be shaving over a full 2 meters off your turn radius. So keep the longer length, you'll still be able to edge on hard pack, and swing them in the trees, while having a little more float when you finally get some decent powder!
I'm a chick ,and I ski Kendos for hard pack days inbounds and firm backcountry days. I ski 163s (I'm 5'5, 127 lbs or so); occasionally I wish I had more ski, so I would really chime in on the 177s for you. They are pretty whippy skis and can make fast turns around trees and other obstacles. Easy to ski. For me the Mantras are too much of a handful. I don't think I weigh enough to be convincing on them, but they are super super stable and make a smooth wider turn b/c of less side cut. NB: I haven't tried the rockered version of the Mantra.