Volkl Kiku (2013/2014) ReviewOctober 2, 2013
- Dependable at high speeds
- Rockered tip blasts through powder
- Confidence-boosting in steep, deep and varied conditions
- Unforgiving and overpowering for intermediates or low advanced skiers
A dependable choice for hard-chargers and girls who like to go fast, the Kiku is a good fit for East Coasters who want a powder ski or Jackson Hole and Utah locals looking for an everyday shredder.
The fattest of Volkl’s women’s freeskiing line, the 107-millimeter-waisted Kiku has been a favorite of big-mountain female rippers since it first debuted on the market in 2009. It’s been much updated since—and now comes with a fully rockered design and no camber underfoot. It’s an all-mountain beast that chomps anything that gets in its way.
Thanks to a wood core and strong carbon fiber construction, the Kiku has race-like agility. It’s incredibly stable at high speeds, and it’s as trusting as your best friend in variable terrain.
Think of this rockered ski as more of a snowplow than a life vest. You’ll charge through crud and powder, not float on top of it.
This ski truly crushes it all: Powder, hard-pack, crud, bumps, you name it. It’s made for powder, but it can carve a GS turn, too. If you’re looking for more of an all-mountain ski, you might prefer Volkl’s slightly skinnier Aura, at 96 millimeters in the waist.
The Kiku comes in four lengths, giving women of every size a decent option: 154, 162, 170, 178 cm.