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A formidable snow-vixen that effortlessly keeps up with the boys on their Gotamas and Kuros.

As you examine the Volkl Women’s Kiku Alpine Ski, consider the following questions: First, are you a solid-shredding female freeskier? Do you demand a tough, stiff, responsive ski that is better than a smaller, toned-down version of a men’s freeski? Do you carve GS turns through 55-degree powder fields for breakfast and stomp your landings off cornices for lunch? Do you put powdered sugar on your crepes in the off-season just because you like white stuff? If you answered yes to all of the following, read on:

  • Sensorwood Light core weighs little but holds its own under pressure, thanks to a sturdy combination of vertically-laminated poplar and beech wood
  • Carbon core reinforcement and Brawny Tough Box construction stand up to high-impact landings and offer the responsiveness a lady shredder enjoys
  • Wide, shapely dimensions offer just-enough sidecut to blast through groomed and crud turns—and the width to do what you do best: float
  • Rockered, Extended Low Profile enhances float, boosts stability, and improves grip as you carve at high speeds

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5 5

Highly Recommended

I'm 16, 5'7", 115 lbs, and I absolutely love these skis! I ski the 162cm from 2009 and you simply can't go wrong. They love the powder but I can still out-carve my brother going down the groomers. I generally ski in Colorado but I make trips to Utah and they perform just as well in the bottomless powder of Alta as the perfect moguls of Mary Jane. I've beaten these skis up, ran over my brother in them, and skied over countless rocks but yet the Kikus still manage to hang in there. I'd recommend these skis to any girl who can ski it hard and wants to improve her skiing. They're quick and responsive, not so stiff but yet a ton of fun. They're perfect for a one-ski quiver!
These skis are pretty indestructible too, I have a gash in the side wall, a mostly p-tex base, and not a lot left of my top sheet and they still ski exactly they way they did my first day on them.

Just a warning, these skis are in no way a ski for a beginner. You have to be able to ski hard or these skis will dominant you.

5 5

These skis kick ass!

Really I mean really. Funnest skis I've ever skiied and I've demoed a TON of skis. I am 5'1" and I am skiing the 162s and having the time of my life skiing these things. Its Like I am all of a sudden a better skiier because these skis make it easier to deal with cruddy snow (plows right through the crud) and in the powder.... WOW. Just WOW. I was skiing an older Rossi powder ski the last 5 years which I thought was great but now that I have these... I don't know how I ever tolerated anything else. Don't think just buy. I skiied 8 days this last week here in Washington and I was screaming WEEEEEEEEE everytime we were in the powder. Its like being a kid again! Kikus hands down.

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I'm in the market for new ski's. Got down...

I'm in the market for new ski's. Got down to 2 on the shortlist - the Volkl Kiku's 170 and Line Blends 173
I'm 5'6, 11 stone, advanced skier...only get to ski a few weeks a year in Europe, once or twice in Jan early feb, then a spring ski in march. This year has been quite poor for snow. had powder in jan, and slush in march. I like to ski powder as much as possible, but also like to cruise on piste.
I've heard kiku's are purely powder and not so good all rounder. and the blends are an excelllent all rounder (100mm waist).
Any thoughts?!

I'm currently skiing the K2 Phat Luv. How...

I'm currently skiing the K2 Phat Luv. How would these compare??

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these will have much better flotation and will be more stable at speed. they wont work quite as well on the firm snow. but on powder and for going fast , these would be good

I have skiied on the Volkl Katana's for...

I have skiied on the Volkl Katana's for the past three years and it is time for a new pair of skis. I am having trouble deciding on getting another pair of the Katanas 176 or the Kikus 178. I am 5'9 155lbs. and ski about 4 days a week in pretty much any condition. Any suggestions... or pros vs. cons between the 2 skiis?

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I have this version of the Kiku in the 168 and they are AWESOME. I have never enjoyed skiing more, or skied better, than on these boards. They really shine in powder but are more than competent in all conditions, even including hardpack. I demo'ed them in the 178 and they were not nearly as fun and nimble as the 168 - I was really surprised b/c I'm 6 ft, 160# and thought for sure I'd want the longer ski. FWIW, a national ski magazine (maybe Skiing, I'm not certain?) had the same observation in their review of this ski. Also, they're the same length as my 174 cm Phat Luv's so the length is very subjective! Get them, you'll love them - practically guaranteed. But consider the 168 instead of 178.

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I am bummed I didn't see your review earlier! I ended up purchasing the 178's and they do feel a little big, but you are right- I do love them!!! They are really fun and responsive. Thanks again for your imput!

Unanswered Question

I ride '06 Phat Luv's. I love them, they...

I ride '06 Phat Luv's. I love them, they changed what and where I ski and I've become much better and more adventurous on them. They're still in pretty good shape, would the kiku's be a good new adventure to try? I live in Colorado...

I currently ride the '10 169 Obsethed. ...

I currently ride the '10 169 Obsethed. I'm about 5'2-5'3 and weigh around 125.

Any info on how these would compare to my K2's? I'm looking to get another pair of skis with some marker barons to venture out into the backcountry.

(I don't often get the opportunity to demo skis... but I'm a fairly aggressive skier.)

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they won't be a whole lot different. the obsethed will carve better since they have camber. the kiku should float better since they have no camber and more rocker. they are very similar skis and really won't give you any noticeable advantages over the obsethed. check out the rossignol s110w

My dougther (13 yo, 5,5 ft , 99) is in...

My dougther (13 yo, 5,5 ft , 99) is in love with the Kiku mostly because of the design.
Now she has a pair of k2 Missconduct. We live in Spain, so we do not see so much powder.
Would the kikus be to much for her?
Are they difficult to ski?

Best Answer Responded on

This ski is designed for the advanced or expert woman skier and it's pretty stiff. It is definitely a powder-specific ski. They are great-looking but unless your daughter is a very strong and aggressive skier who spends a lot of time off-piste and in powder, she probably won't enjoy them very much.

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Thank you aka75.
I'll ask my daugther to consider the Kenja's instead of the kiku's.
Maybe not so nice looking but more appropiate for her.

I finally got my wife some powder skiis....

I finally got my wife some powder skiis. I'm unsure about the length. She's 5'4" and a strong intermediate/expert skier. She skied the Volkl G3 prior to the Kikus. This is her first fat ski. She is not an aggresive skier, and she likes moderate speeds. I bought the 170's but they sure look long? I'm leaning towards the 162's? Any advice?

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Brian, your instincts are good--go shorter. I am an aggressive skier, 5'6" and have the Kikus at 168cm. While it is the shortest ski I ever had, it is really nice in the powder and the thick, deep crud we get here on the coast. This ski floats--with so much underfoot, you can go shorter and she will have more fun. These are great for backcountry--I use with Randonee gear. Living the dream, Rose in AK.

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P.S. Brian, weight is a consideration. I weight about 115. If I was heavier, I could handle a longer ski. Ask at the shop where you bought them--they should be able to give you good advice.

5 5

Momma loves her new skis!

These skis are absolutely FANTASTIC. I love them. The reverse camber really lives up to the hype. These babies float in powder and turn so easily in the crud, yet the rip on the groomers on the way back to the lift. As conditions vary through the day from smooth untracked to bumped up crud or skied off groomers, these skis just glide along. I was very worried such a fat ski would be difficult to turn and flop around on the groomers. But they carve like they are on rails. They take all the grunt work out of skiing deep powder. I get more laps in with out the worn out legs. Buy Them!!!!

Question about sizing - I'm a big girl (6...

Question about sizing - I'm a big girl (6 feet, 160 lbs.), reasonably strong and technically proficient - but definitely not an "aggressive" skier. These will be used for powder days at Wasatch resorts. Unsure if I should get the 170 or the 178 in the Kiku. Demo'ed the 170 in untracked pow and soft crud and I loved it - but will I love the 178 more?!

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At 6', 160 lbs, I'd probably go with the 178's. though it can't hurt to demo that length if you want to be sure about your purchase. I'm 5'9 150 and ski the 170's and find them to be perfect for me. A little extra length will help you float the Utah pow. These rockered skis tend to ski shorter than their non-rockered counterparts. So you can afford to go a bit longer and still feel comfortable at speed on the groomers as well as off-piste.

I have been riding (and loving) 168 Gotamas...

I have been riding (and loving) 168 Gotamas for yrs now, but am due for a new ski. These Kiku's sound super- just wondering if the 170 is too long. I am 5'2" 105 lbs but rip fast, large-radius turns, and in Tahoe, so heavy/wet pow...Any advice on this size, or have another rec? I heard the women's version of the K2 Sidestash, the GotBack, is also solid though i think smaller underfoot, though i have loved Voilks for years now.

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Hi! I live in Tahoe too! I'm a bit taller, 5'5" and about 115lbs. I have skied the 168 Gots for years as well, always wanted the 176, but felt I wasn't quite strong enough. I just bought the Kiku 170's and they are fantastic. I don't think you should downsize. Too slow. The 2 cm difference isn't much, plus the kiku is a bit softer than the older Gotamas. AND-I have a friend who is a ripping skier, 5'2 and about 130 lbs, and she's on the 170 kiku. Get em!!

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Allison, I ski the Kikus myself in the 169cm length. The Kiku is great big handful of a ski (i.e., you’ll find it a more powerful, aggressive hard-charger than your other considerations, the GotBack and SideStash). Being a smaller-framed girl myself, I found the Kiku challenging at first; it felt like the ski was taking me for a ride rather than the other way around. But now that my skills have grown into it, I absolutely adore this ski and couldn’t picture myself on anything else. Even if you’re a petite shredder, if you’re already used to the 168 Gotama, I’d say you’re more than ready to step onto the Kiku. You’ll never look back.

Which marker bindings to you recommend for...

Which marker bindings to you recommend for the 2010-11 Kiku Volkl ski. I'm 4'11" int-advanced skier

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I have the Marker Griffons mounted on mine, and they work great.

Unanswered Question

I'm 5'8" and 110 lbs. I feel that I am an...

I'm 5'8" and 110 lbs. I feel that I am an aggressive skier but I am wondering if this ski will be too stiff for my weight? Also, can I throw tele bindings on it? Rather, will it perform as a tele ski?

Unanswered Question

I am 4'11" and about 97 pounds -have been...

I am 4'11" and about 97 pounds -have been skiing on the Atomic Sugar Daddies for four years - was looking for a new powder ski but the shortest length is 154
- is this ski too long for me ?? I want to be able to take it into steeper terrain.

Trying to decide whether to get the 162...

Trying to decide whether to get the 162 or 170 length in this ski. I'm a good skier on volunteer patrol at Winter Park, CO. Will be setting it up with NTN bindings. Any recommendations?

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How tall are you? I'm a very solid skier too, and I love my Kikus, but sometimes it feels like my 170-cm ones are a bit too much. They're so wide and burly that the shorter length would still provide ample float, and then I'd have better agility. I'm still glad to have my 170 Kikus, but that is the one thing I'd change. I'm 5'6" ... if you're way taller, that could change things. But that's my take.

Can someone comment on sizing. For a...

Can someone comment on sizing. For a woman, about 5'4", 130 to 135 lbs.

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I'd recommend 162cm for an intermediate or 170cm for advanced to expert at 5'4" and 129lbs. These skis are pretty fat and pretty stiff, so you don't really need to over do it on size. Hope this helps.

5 5

Magic Skis

I have last years Kiku. I called them my magic skis. I usually ski differnt ski for differnt conditions. But last year I found that these magic skis worked in every condition. Best ski around it can handle anything. They float on powder, crush the crud, and make nice turns on groomers. They say you can't buy a game but after skiing the Kiku for a season I am not to sure you can't.

How do these compare or differentiate from...

How do these compare or differentiate from the Aura??

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I should elaborate. I haven't skiied the new Kikus - but I've skiied previous year Kikus and Auras. Kikus are fatter, and they have reverse camber. Auras are great all mountain skis but Kikus are going to be superior in the pow and will want to let er rip more.

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I skied the 170 Auras for a season, then got 168 Gotamas. I never put the Auras back on. Just bought this years Kiku in 170. Awesome! They are stiffer and wider than the Aura, plus they are rockered - Not reverse camber, but similar concept, just not as extreme, the tips barely come off the snow, where as true reverse camber the tips/tails are extremely lifted off the snow. You will LOVE these skis. The Aura is great, the Kiku is where it's at.