Volkl Kendo ReviewOctober 22, 2016
- Super carver
- Quick and stable
- Easy to turn
- Can really load up the end of a carve
- Unshakeable torsion
- Not as forgiving
- More damp than lively
- Less float
- Better on piste than off
- Needs to be on edge
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.
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.Continue Reading
Peter Kray- Publisher
Peter Kray is a co-founder of the Gear Institute, and a longtime specialist in the testing of skis, snowboards and outdoor equipment.