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Volkl Kendo length

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

This is my first post so thanks the help and sorry if I forgot any important info. 

 

Me: 6'0", 205 lbs, 33 years old, solid level 8

 

I am getting some new skis this year after spending the last few seasons on the Volkl AC40 (177).  I have decided that I am going with the Volkl Kendo.  I was just at the local ski shop checking out Kendo in a 177 when a guy in the shop suggested to me that I should think about the 184's. He said the Kendo skied "shorter" than their actual size.  Does anyone know if this is accurate?  I do most of my skiing in the East/Midwest (500'-1000' vertical hills) and make 1 trip out west every year.  I like to ski everything the mountain has to offer.  The only thing I don't ski on a regular basis is +12" powder (you just don't find it where I ski)  My AC40's were 177cm and felt great.  Any input would be appreciated.    

post #2 of 10

My kendo 177 skis like a... 177.  It's got some early-rise, sure, but it's not like it's a full on rocker that's really going to make it feel shorter.  Plenty of edge contact the whole length.  We're only talking about 7cm anyway, so at your height (you're an inch taller than me) you probably can't go wrong either way.

post #3 of 10

The 177 is a good length for what you are doing and even the 2'-3' depths i ski they work well.  You are skiing  shorter ski runs so the extra 7 cm is not an issue.  Take a couple of hours of lessons from a qualified instructor.  The Kendo does have some things built in that make them ski different than the AC 40 and will take a day or 2 to get used to.  Have your boot alignment and balance and ramp checked by a custom boot fitter and have this done before the bindings are mounted.  I had to add 8 mm of toe lift to get balanced on mine.  My other skis are like 6 mm rise. I suspect the shop has a pair of 184 that they can;t sell, if the price is right either pair will do well for you.

post #4 of 10

Funny.  Not that a good skier can't take lessons, but hardly seems necessary for a ski length question.

 

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Originally Posted by Yarbo22 View Post

Me: 6'0", 205 lbs, 33 years old, solid level 8

 

 

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Originally Posted by Jim Wells View Post

Take a couple of hours of lessons from a qualified instructor.



 

post #5 of 10
Thread Starter 
Great. Thanks for the input.
post #6 of 10
I am not sure if you bought you ski yet but I am 5'11 215lbs.....I have the Kendo in a 177 and put over 30 days on it last year......I skied it all over the northeast, out west at Park City, Dear Valley and the canyons....on ice, crud, powder, bumps groomers......

I found the ski and that size to be a perfect ski to take anywhere....I own 5 or 6 other pair of skis and this has become my " go to" ski.....
post #7 of 10

I was looking at the '11/'12 Kendo at REI yesterday. Nice ski, ridiculous top sheet but at least the swordsman is on the tails this year, i think i'm going to include it on my short list. I'm 5'7" ~140lbs, if i get it there's no way i'll go to 163cm, i can't imagine being happy with something that short, it's gonna be a 170cm or something else for me. 

post #8 of 10

I'm 5'11" 180 lbs east coast 50+ days/yr with western trips most years.  The Dynastars I ski are all 172cm.  My K2s are 174cm.  I skied the Hardsides as a daily driver last year in all conditions and not once did I think "I need a longer ski".

 

I demoed the previous generation Mantra a couple of years ago in a 170cm because that's all the shop had and had a total blast on them (only for 3 runs fwiw).

 

Tore my ACL last year and thought hard about which ski to ride.  Based on the Mantra demo I got the Kendo in a 170cm with Kneebindings.  Shortest ski I've ever bought but a bit paranoid now about my knee and I wanted a shorter lever on my feet in case of a crash.  Not entirely logical but I think it may help me mentally.

 

Bottom line is different skiers are comfortable with different sticks.  Some people on these forums preach nothing but longer, longer, longer.  Different strokes...

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Originally Posted by Phatboy View Post

I am not sure if you bought you ski yet but I am 5'11 215lbs.....I have the Kendo in a 177 and put over 30 days on it last year......I skied it all over the northeast, out west at Park City, Dear Valley and the canyons....on ice, crud, powder, bumps groomers......
I found the ski and that size to be a perfect ski to take anywhere....I own 5 or 6 other pair of skis and this has become my " go to" ski.....



 

Phatboy, you seem a lot bigger than me and I was considering the kendo in the 177. I'm 5'9 165lbs, do you think it will be too much ski considering the stiff flex? im advanced skier that can do pretty much all the mountain asks, but in saying that im doing 60+ days at silver star/ big white - British Columbia this season and don’t want to be over worked. I am also getting myself a nice fatty for the occasional trips / pow days.

 

 

 

post #10 of 10
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I bought a pair of 177's a few weeks ago and can't wait for winter to be here. Thanks for the post, it just confirms for me that I made the right choice.
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