Volkl Kendo Review

Volkl Kendo
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Volkl Kendo volkl_kendo_teaser.jpg
GEAR INSTITUTE RATINGS
88
Responsiveness
8
Float
6
Versatility
7
Stability
9
Carving
10
Value
8

The Good

  • Super carver
  • Quick and stable
  • Easy to turn
  • Can really load up the end of a carve
  • Unshakeable torsion

The Bad

  • Not as forgiving
  • More damp than lively
  • Less float
  • Better on piste than off
  • Needs to be on edge
THE VERDICT

Volkl's Kendo pretty much ran away with the carving scores in this category, providing a knife-like feel on the snow, and fall-line accuracy and precision in every turn. It's more damp than playful, and has narrower waist width than a lot of other skis in this category, which results in less float and better on than off-piste performance. Buy this if you like to make clean carves more than anything else.

FULL REVIEW

Volkl’s hard carving Kendo has increased tip and tail rocker and a slightly wider waist for better all-mountain performance, producing a ski that is very easy to get in and out of a hard arc. It’s absolutely thrilling for fine-tuned fall-line performance, allowing for a kind of precision you may not have ever experienced anywhere else. With multi layer woodcore and full titanal construction, it is also very damp, with constant snow contact.

Being one of the narrower waisted skis in this category, it still prefers firmer snow, including groomers, steeps and bumps. It is also a ski that is more lively than damp. Aggressive technicians, lift lappers, and anyone who appreciates the beauty of a well-ridden edge will love this.

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