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VOLKL KENDO

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I HAVE A PAIR OF KENDO'S AND GOTAMAS FOR MY NEW 2010 SET UPS. LAST YEAR I HAD P100 AND VOLKL AC30. WHILE I ENJOYED THE AC30 ON THE GROOMERS, IT WAS NOT MUCH IN THE CRUD. THE P100 WAS A COMPLETE DISAPPOINTMENT IN DEEP POWDER. SINCE IT HAS NO ROCKER OR EARLY RISE, IT SKIS ALMOST THE SAME AS THE P90. GOING TO THE KENDO, IT CARVES JUST AS WELL AS THE AC 30 BUT MUCH BETTER AT CRUD AND SHALLOW POWDER. FOR THE DEEP POWDER DAYS THE GOTAMAS CAN NOT BE BEAT. HERE IN WASHINGTON WE GET LOTS OF HEAVY POWDER BIG DUMPS. MANY OF THE SKIS I HAVE TRIED JUST CAN NOT HANDLE THIS TYPE OF SNOW. I SHOULD MENTION I ALSO HAVE A PAIR OF LINE MOTHERSHIPS THAT ARE ALMOST GOOD ENOUGH TO BE A ONE SKI QUIVER. THEY PERFORM BEST IN THE HEAVY POWDER BIG DUMPS. THE KENDO WILL TAKE ME ANYWHERE ON THE MOUNTAIN WITH EASE AND NOT WHERE ME OUT.

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THANK YOU FOR POSTING THIS USEFUL TOPIC MY FRIEND.

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DO NOT HEAR, I CAN SHOUT YOU.

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Originally Posted by SkiMangoJazz View Post

DO NOT HEAR, I CAN SHOUT YOU.



This man speaks the truth ^^

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Basic grammar lessons and turning off the caps lock would help.nonono2.gif

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Cut the cynical wise a*s remarks. Post like this are what ruin forums. How does that reponse add to the message? I highly doubt posters would be so sarcastic to someone in person, but it is easy to hide behind a keyboard. How does a persons grammar play a part in the spirit of the post? Second have you considered that the  posters first language may not be english? Keep it to yourself tough guy
 


 



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Basic grammar lessons and turning off the caps lock would help.nonono2.gif



 

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Can anyone compare the Volkl Kendo to the Salomon Sentinel and/or Prophet 90? Similarities? Major differences aside from their waist width? Kendo sounds like a nice ski...

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TFull, you have a good point, sorry.  My post was just because of the all caps, which as you know is kind of like shouting on the internet.  But if the poster had asked a question they might have gotten a reply.  The post doesn't really seem to be even looking for any response does it?  So is it a review?

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no clue whats going on, but did wanted to add the Volkl Kendo indeed is a great ski..

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Originally Posted by SkiMangoJazz View Post

TFull, you have a good point, sorry.  My post was just because of the all caps, which as you know is kind of like shouting on the internet.  But if the poster had asked a question they might have gotten a reply.  The post doesn't really seem to be even looking for any response does it?  So is it a review?


 

Yea I think it is a screaming review with all the caps. Seems to be very passionate about this ski lol. I am sorry I may have taken it over board, I should not have singled you out. I just feel like threads are getting less productive, although I do enjoy a good joke  and a good b*ll busting
 

 

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actually I thought you were singling out mtcyclist lol.

 

However I agree that we should try to be supportive of each other and welcoming to newbies.

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there was one question: Salomon Sentinel is the French version of the German Kendo with respect to construction and aesthetics: full sidewall, conventional camber (Sentinel some tip rise?), wood core, metal sandwich (2 layers), rubber dampening inserts, muted topsheet colors and design.

 

If anyone has ridden both, is there is a different feel in the flex differences. Does the French ski have a broader sweet spot than the German ski. anyone on that?  They are slighty different width and still are suitable for similar conditions.

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Originally Posted by davluri View Post

there was one question: Salomon Sentinel is the French version of the German Kendo with respect to construction and aesthetics: full sidewall, conventional camber (Sentinel some tip rise?), wood core, metal sandwich (2 layers), rubber dampening inserts, muted topsheet colors and design.

 

If anyone has ridden both, is there is a different feel in the flex differences. Does the French ski have a broader sweet spot than the German ski. anyone on that?  They are slighty different width and still are suitable for similar conditions.


Here is your answer. 

 

 

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Skied 40 day in CO/NM and 17 days in VT so far. Lost 5 weeks / 25 ski days to a slip & fall in the driveway ankle injury in January. So most of the on snow impressions are for out west.     

 

Had to replace my 4 year old Mantra at the beginning of the season. With all the review on the net regarding the Sentinel & Enforcer as the new Mantra killers, so a demo of both skis became a must. The Sentinel is damper compare to the Mantra. Needed more attention to stay on line. Tiring by the end of the day. The Enforcer does not give me enough feed back. I like to feel my skis - seat of the pant type of driving. Ended up buying a new pair of Mantra to replace the old Mantra. 

 

In early February, A friend demo the Kendo and really liked them. He asked for my opinion and I told him I have no clue. Being a good friend, I took the Kendo out for a spin. Both of us ended up buying the Kendo (My wife is VERY understanding).

 

The Sentinel is best compared to the Mantra in terms of performance and characteristics. The Kendo is nothing like the Mantra and/or Sentinel. Despite their similar construction, The Kendo skis completely different from the Mantra. It is a much much quicker ski. SL type turns on the grooms are possible with the proper techniques - Fantastic pop across the hill. High speed long turns does not bring up any instability issues. Good in the bumps - much quicker/ straighter line thru the bumps than either the Mantra and/or Sentinel. A stiff tip also allows for good crud busting. Legs feel much fresher at the end of a long day. Currently, It's my go to ski for out west.      

 

Demo a pair of Kendo and you'll fall in love all over again. 

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Have been trying to find Kendos to demo. Took out the Head Peak 88's at my local shop (Waterville, NH) last weekend as I felt they at least had similar shape/dimensions. Found them stiff and slow moving from turn to turn. No 'pop'. Everything I read about the Kendo suggests it is capable of more SL turns too. I ski the east predominantly and looking for a single quiver that will offer fun on our soon-to-start family trips out west. I know no one ski does it all, but is Kendo the best bet ? Thanks.   

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because a ski is more than the sum of its parts, a Head is not a Kendo. I don't know that Head model, but in the past they have made some very stiff, straight, and difficult to turn skis, pro models really, and no one else would enjoy them. that could account for your experience.

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How does the Kendo compare to the Mantra?

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The Kendo is a baby Mantra.  Same construction just a shrunken down footprint.  Obviously quicker and a little more nimble due to smaller dimensions but just as stout because of the construction.  Dave

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Originally Posted by Daveski7 View Post

The Kendo is a baby Mantra.  Same construction just a shrunken down footprint.  Obviously quicker and a little more nimble due to smaller dimensions but just as stout because of the construction.  Dave



And a nicer ski at that too. 

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The Head Peaks are huge disappointment for the Head fans. Nothing like the Monsters they were supposed to replace. The Monsters were/are great skis. The 82's are probably comparable to the Kendos.

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Originally Posted by Ilive2ski View Post

The Head Peaks are huge disappointment for the Head fans. Nothing like the Monsters they were supposed to replace. The Monsters were/are great skis. The 82's are probably comparable to the Kendos.



Next years Peak 84 and Peak 90 are much better than the current series. While they are better, there is still nothing to set them them enough apart to seek them out. 

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How does the Kendo compare to the Elan 888 or Its replacement the Elan Apex? The skidimensions and construction look pretty similar.  i  

post #23 of 23

See Dawg's gear wiki on 2011 mid-fats for a Kendo/Apex comp. They're almost identical.

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