Precise as a sushi-chef with the power and grip of a sumo wrestler.
- The Sensorwood core combines vertically laminated poplar and beech wood to create a stable platform that initiates turns smoothly and feels comfortable at speed
- Power construction utilizes vertical sidewalls and multiple layers of wood covered with a titanium topsheet to increase on-edge grip while allowing smooth transitions between turns
- Vertical sidewall construction creates a strong, powerful platform to provide pressure directly to the edges of the ski without inefficient loss of energy
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I have been skiing for 40 years and recently purchased the Volkl- Kendo skis. I love them!!!! They work on hard pack, soft snow - powder and groomed areas.
Worth every penny!!!
I've typically been a carver (race...
I've typically been a carver (race background), and have the 2008 Volkl AC3 in size 170. I am just under 6' and weigh 170, advanced skier.
I was considering the Kendo for the days when the new snow has fallen and is chopped up and yet to be groomed. My AC3's want to turn on a dime and don't absorb the chop real well (unstable).
Based on the reviews, it sounds like the Kendo would fit the bill of getting me off an All Mtn carver, to a little wider waisted ski that has some float.
What size would you go with if you were me... 170 or 177?
I agree that the Kendos might be a good option. I loved them in variable conditions. I am 6' 140lb and the 170s were great. Because you are a little bigger guy and from a race background, maybe the 177s? It is a mostly a matter of preference. I would also suggest taking them out for a demo. Good luck!
What size would you ski if you are a 5...
What size would you ski if you are a 5 foot 10 inches 200 lbs
advanced skier 170? 163?
Will these skies work in bumps?
I am 6', 140lbs, intermediate-advanced and I loved the 170s. I didn't ski them in true bumps, but I can tell you that they worked really well in 'end of the day' crud on the groomers. I was able to push them around pretty easily to make quick turns, but they also ripped down the groomers.
Volkl Kendo = Awesome ski!
After skiing on these skis for three days in Colorado, I came to the following conclusion...These skis rip everywhere! They were great on soft snow groomers and windblown groomers at Keystone, skied off groomers at Copper, skied off powder in the trees at Breck, etc. I did not have a chance to ski them in true powder. They inspire confidence that I have not gotten from other skis. The edge hold on hard snow is great. If I kept my knees over my toes, they ripped everything I came across. Long carving turns or short skidding turns are no problem. I am an intermediate-advanced skier that only skis maybe 10 times a year, but these were not too much ski for me. Im 21 years old, 6, 140lbs and the 170s were awesome. I highly recommend them to anyone looking for a groomer ski that can also handle soft snow without thinking twice.
(The specs here say they are a twin tip, but they are not a true twin tip.)
I rode the Solomon Lords and Sentinals in...
I rode the Solomon Lords and Sentinals in excellent conditions this year. Loved the Lords in the bumps and in the steeps, not so great in the powder or crude and had zero snape out of the turn. The Sentinals were fantastic in the powder and sliced through the crude with ease and were a fun ski when you put the pedal down, but not as fun in the bigger moguls. Has anyone skied the Solomans and the new Kendo? Is it, as a salesman told me, the perfect fit between the two?
I'm in the same boat, and I just skied the Lords and the Kendos back-to-back in Tahoe, doing about 50% bumps (not hard, but not super soft either) and 50% out-of-bounds (about ~1 foot of choppy pow, trees, steeps). The Kendos hold a *much* better edge, but the Lords seemed lighter and quicker in the bumps. Both were fine out of bounds, the Lords seemed to float better, the Kendos seemed to carve through the pow rather than floating. If the snow was any deeper, I might have wanted a wider ski. Lords are twin-tip, Kendos are not. I might demo the Line Prophet 100's next to see how they work in the bumps. BTW, I'm about 175lbs, 5'11, expert, and both skis were 177's.
Thanks CK, we're heading up to Alpine Meadows in a couple of weeks, I'll see if I can test the Line Prophet as well. You should give the Sentinal a try, really nice in the powder and crude, although like I said, not great in the bumps, but did suck up those hidden in the powder.
Friends, I am 6'6'' and 286 lbs (XXXL guy...
Friends, I am 6'6'' and 286 lbs (XXXL guy :-), average skier, middle age, got used mainly "old style" (not carving) ski up to now.
I am thinking about those Kendo (in 191) cm for my ski-touring (low intensity, keyword is "trip", not "downhill"). Do you think they would be sufficient for me?
...tried them out at Bridger Bowl this year. Man, they will take you down the hill FAST, think German Tank on skates, handling like a Mercedes!
I'm super stoked to mount some bindings...
I'm super stoked to mount some bindings on my brand new volkl kendos, im just trying to decide where to mount them. ive got the 177s, im an advanced skier, and i intend to use these only between storms (ive got some jjs for pow days). I normally like my skis mounted at or around +3 because i occasionally ski switch and like the aggressive feel. however these have a more directional shovel then what i normally ski on (and they aren't really a twin tip). will i still be happy with them mounted more foward? i cant decide, help!!
Get a pair of the Marker Jester Schizo bindings. you can adjust them to suit both styles and they are bomb proof construction.
Thinking about getting these skis. Could...
Thinking about getting these skis. Could you provide recommended bindings or what I should look out for when looking for complimentary bindings?
I put Marker Griffon's on mine, but I probably could have put the Marker Squire's on them to save even more money and weight. I like the lift that these two bindings provide for better edge grip.
I'm 30, 6'2, 220, advanced level skier....
I'm 30, 6'2, 220, advanced level skier. The majority of my skiing is on the east, but I intend to hit Co at least 2-3x/ this year. I ski the whole mountain - cruisers, lots of bumps, trees etc so this ski should be perfect. I'm torn between ordering the 177 and the 184. What do you think will be a better fit?
I'm 6'1" and 185lbs. I ski my new Kendo everywhere in a 177cm, my mantra was a 177cm. I love my length for the shorter turn radius, quickness, the weight and moguls. But if I weighed 220lbs it would really sink in the deep stuff. If you don't mind the longer turn radius then 184 may be more your ticket.
I know this is late but... I'm 5'11, 170lbs and the 184's ripped big and small bumps, groomers for short/long R turns and blew right through crud. I would recommend the 191's if you are an aggressive skier.
how do these do switch? and in the park?...
how do these do switch? and in the park? i don't ski the park much but i do ride switch often
The Kendos are not "twin" tip at all. I'm not sure why a lot of literature claims they are. Then again I used to ski backwards on my old 207 GS skis. How well do you ski switch?
One Ripping True 50/50 ski
After selling my beloved Mantra's of 3 years I was hoping these were going to be as advertised. If you read Outside magazines buyers guide this year it gives the Kendo ski of the year, and I would say it does everything as good as its review. In relation to the Mantra its quicker, snappier, more energetic, but just as rock stable and with killer edge hold as expected. I thought my Mantra had plenty of energy also, depended what you put into it. Even though the specs show the turn radius as longer than the Mantra it sure doesn't carve like that. It put a smile on my face equal to that of my Mantra did 3 years ago. Sweet and zippy in the bumps but still stiff by all means. I had about a 6-12" of powder with a crust on it today and It did great. Plowed just as good as the Mantra, nice big tip, and sliced and diced like mad. Whatever turn shape you demand it responds with precision. I also sold my last 2 year's Obsethed's for a Armada JJ as my deep powder boards this year. Any advanced thru expert level skier could ski the Kendo full time with loads of fun and not hunger for another pair of skis. But what fun is that?
More GS than advertised
The Volkl Kendos skied much more like a GS ski than I expected. It is a great ski, powerful and stable at high speeds, but I expected them to be a playful, energetic ski that would be great in the powder, tight bumps, and groomers. It took a lot for me to muscle them through the bumps, they were knocked around by crud, and kept pushing me into the back-seat. Maybe it was just my early-season legs, but this ski is much more stiff and serious than what I was hoping. It seems like it would be a great front-side new england ski that could handle the annual trip to tuckermans and one-off powder days, but I did not find it to be the 50/50 frontside/backside ski that Volkl claims it to be.
Anybody out there ridden this ski? What's...
Anybody out there ridden this ski? What's your opinion? Good 70% groomed 30% ungroomed option?
If your a good skier it's a true 50/50 ski. Im 39 years old, been skiing since I was 3. Average 20-30 times a year up in Spokane, WA. I ski everything on the hill from tons of moguls, groomers, crud, and powder as it comes and this ski is awesome. Sold my Mantra's after 3 years for Kendo's and bought a set of JJ's for deep days, but the Kendo will work awesome for deep powder as well. All depends what other skis you have been on.
Coming from the Eastern point of view, I ski at Sugarloaf and the conditions there are usually packed powder. I have only skied this ski a few times because the majority of the time I am riding my 171 Volkl Bridge skis but the times that I have taken the Kendo out it hasn't disappointed. Carving up the groomers with ease. I have yet to try it in the powder but I can say that I swear by the Kendo's carving abilities,
2010/2011 Volkl Kendo Ski
Slice, dice, and carve manicured corduroy with the power of a turbo-charged, industrial strength food processor when you lay the Volkl Kendo Ski on edge. A full-length wood core snaps out of turns, loads with energy when the snow is firm, and floats with forgiveness when you venture into the freshness. With a revamped waist thatâs 8mm narrower than last seasonâs Kendo, this titanium-topped plank lays trenches where others merely scratch the surface.