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2011 Volkl Kendo Ski Reviews

mudfud

Fantastic all-mountain ski for out east

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Pros: Incredible grip on groomers, busts through crud, stable at high speeds

Cons: Could be more forgiving (you feel every bump)

I bought this ski at end of 2011 season after trying many skis.  I had not owned skis since the days before shaped skis were the norm, and had gotten back into skiing thanks to taking the kids out for a spring break trip some years previously.  As I got used to the new paradigm of skiing with your feet (as opposed to swinging my weight from the hip) I was starting to develop enough technique and was skiing frequently enough that I wanted to look into getting something better than the "performance" rentals I had been using.   I tried skis from Volkl at the time including the Tigershark series and the AC series, as well as skis from Blizzard and Salomon Enduro.  ...
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Max Capacity

Love It

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Pros: intutitive

Cons: soft tip

I have been on this ski for 2 years now, I have a Salomon Ti binding on it. This set up is very light weight. I tune them myself at 1 and 3 the skis have over 60 days on them and have never been to a shop except to be mounted.   I paid a $1000 for the skis, bindings, TNF jacket and pants. I went into the shop to buy light gray pants. Came out with everything. Damn good salemans. LOL   I have not skied them in deep snow, I have skis for that. But have skied them in everything else.   These are the full camber ones,(first year).   The only con is the soft tip at high speeds if your not where you should be on the ski. The soft tip is a big plus in the...
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faripour

Volkl Kendo, 170cm, 2011

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Pros: Precise, light and nimble, quick, versatile

Cons: it is a Volkl, none if you don't lay back; you end up chasing the ski, if you sit back.

Ski Review by Faripour Forouhar March 2011   I am 5’8’’, 145lb, level 9 and higher, moderately aggressive skier. Spend 65% of my time off piste (back side) and 35% on piste (front side) on the groomers and bumps.  My present skis are Volkl Mantra (177, 4 yrs old 130/94/116) mostly for west and Blizzard Magnum 8.7 (174, 128/87/113) for east coast skiing. I also use racing slalom and GS skies (volkl) and Rossi bump skis, on occasion. Last week I demoed three pair of skis in Snow Mass. Co., Volkl Kendo (170cm, 127/88/109mm; R19.9), Salomon Sentinel (170cm- 129, 95,121mm) and KastleMX 88, 168cm length (128,88,113mm; R17.5m). I skied each pair for approximately 2 hours and...
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swellhunter

they rip for sure

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Pros: stiff for an all mtn, full sidewall, damp, carves

Cons: none

I am 6' 155 and went with the 72's.  I can easily ski longer but the 72's are easier to throw around and at my weight they flex truer so I am glad I didn't get the 77's.   They are expert boards that need speed and pitch to be happy but if you want a light ski with a lot of snap out of your best turns - this ski should fit the bill for sure.        
crudmaster

good couple of runs

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Pros: damp, good edge grip, round flex, medium stiffness

Cons: none

I only demo'ed them for a couple of runs, but they have a round, medium-stiff flex and carved nicely.  Pretty damp.  They'd probably be one of my fave 50-50 skis (50% on piste, 50% off)
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