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Finally got to put the Kendo through its paces.

post #1 of 10
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This weekend at Stowe offered everything.  Groomers, late day icy sections, bumps and then 10" of light fresh Sunday morning.  

 

Off the quad, off the double, off the Gondola - on piste and off-piste - you name it with the exception of hiking way up the Chin, etc... I hammered my Kendos for two days straight.  Oh, and yesterday was a really good morning up there by the way did I mention that?

 

Skis rip bro.  Nothing I asked them to do was denied which, in my opinion, is what an all-mountain ski does.  

 

It will never beat a specialty ski in its discipline but we already know that.

 

So for those looking for a 'stiffer' and 'damper' all-mountain then green light all the way!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

post #2 of 10

That's a nice ski, a ski they should have released 3 or 4 years ago. 

post #3 of 10

I think I know what you mean about how the Kendo no longer goes along with the progression of design, but instead, it may tug hard back in the direction of camber and modetrate sidecut, making more people consider the advantages of classic design when they ski it and enjoy its performance.

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Well said even though I agree that the Kendo is not a 'progressive' ski in the sense of where modern design is going with rocker, etc... but I do argue that maybe the ski itself is a bit of a progression b/c you are taking characteristics in terms of flex, torsion, camber, sidecut, etc....  from more 'racey' skis and putting them into an 88m all-mountain package whereas in the skis on the rack in this category in 2011 are softer overall.  Maybe the Kastle competes but thats it.

 

 

 

 

 

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 but I do argue that maybe the ski itself is a bit of a progression b/c you are taking characteristics in terms of flex, torsion, camber, sidecut, etc....  from more 'racey' skis and putting them into an 88m all-mountain package 


... like a Head iM 88 ??

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I don't know too much about Head Skis.  Isn't the Peak 88 more of their all mountain ski?  I have heard it is a really good ski.  Don't know about the iM88.  Is it more directional than the Kendo?

 

To me a modern 'do it all ski' should be able to ski and land airs fakie too which the Kendo does as well.  Does the iM88 offer this?

post #7 of 10

^^^ Kendo has a flat tail, just sayin.

post #8 of 10
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Using the word flat actually means flat and the Kendos tail is not flat.

 

It is 'relatively' flat if depending on the ski you are comparing it too but not actually flat like a racing ski.

 

I hear your point to some degree though.

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Originally Posted by swellhunter View Post
 but I do argue that maybe the ski itself is a bit of a progression b/c you are taking characteristics in terms of flex, torsion, camber, sidecut, etc....  from more 'racey' skis and putting them into an 88m all-mountain package 


... like a Head iM 88 ??


So I looked it up and....
 

Yeah, exactly like that ski. 

 

Since I only switched back to skiing two years ago after 25 years of riding is the reason I don't know them.

 

I think If I had a pair of those I would like them equally to the Kendos as they sound just as sick.

 

 

post #10 of 10

The Head iM88 is the ski that preceded the Peak 88... I was making a joke about Volkl making a 'progressive ski' that is just like a ski Head built 5+ years ago. I do think the Kendo is a nice design, it's funny that a few mm make a big difference, but they do. The Mantra was never very attractive to me, at 96mm underfoot it was wide enough to feel clunky but not wide enough to really feel like it floated. The Kendo hits the magic number for all-around performance- right around 88.

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