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Poll Results: What length Volkl Kendo's are better for me?

 
  • 0% (0)
    170cm
  • 100% (11)
    177cm
11 Total Votes  
post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

I am going to buy a pair of Volkl Kendo's, but am torn between the 170cm and the 177cm. I am 5'11", 205 lb, and would classify myself as an advanced intermediate skier. I ski in Vermont so primarily groomers but will spend 20% - 40% of my day on the backside hitting bumps and in the trees, and I make sure to get out every time we get a good powder day. Any advice and/or knowledge is appreciated. Thanks in advance.

post #2 of 15
At your weight I definitely wouldn't go below 177, especially considering that this ski has tip rocker (assuming you're getting the most recent version). Some here may tell you to go longer.
post #3 of 15

I have the 177 Kendo of a few years ago. Me - 155, 5-10 and its difficult for me to bend the thing. Charging down the groomers is great! Very stable. Edge hold excellent. A little long in the bumps. 177 should be fine. Like said above don't go shorter.

post #4 of 15
177cm, I'm 5'11" 200lbs. You'll be very happy.
post #5 of 15

One of the best Volkls I have used in years. Me, 205 and I am on 177s which would be correct all the way down to about 180. Dont go short as thees are eazzzzy to ski!

post #6 of 15
Yes they are easy to ski!
post #7 of 15

Another vote for the 177's. 

post #8 of 15

Kendo fanboy here with another vote for 177.  I'm 5'11 180lbs and switched between 170 and 177 depending on conditions.   170 is quicker and better for bumps.  177 better for soft snow and crud.   The nice thing if you go with the shorter (for you) 177 is it makes an ideal companion with a wider, softer and longer soft snow ski.  

post #9 of 15

Don't want to hijack this thread, but I have the same question.

My girlfriend wants some Kendo's (unable to demo here), having to decide between 163 and 170

 

She's 5ft8, 150lbs, expert skier, currently on Supershape Magnums in 163cm.  Kendo's would be the other part of the quiver (just to have something different)

 

We're skiing mainly in east-coast conditions (if things don,t get too cold as the last few days), groomed, ice, bumps, ...

 

Arguments for the 163cm length:

- floatation is not really required (not a lot of pow here);

- will be more fun in tight bumps and trees;

- will be easier for short and medium radius turns (yes, more turns makes the mountain look higher....)

 

Arguments for the 170cm length:

- more stability at speed ?

- other ?

 

Thx for the input

post #10 of 15
if she is an expert go with the 170. she is not much smaller than me and probably a better skier. I am on the 177 non rocker and its great on the groomers, a little long in the bumps(but that could be just me).
post #11 of 15
Me 175# 5'10" and have skied /demoed 163-170 & own a 177.... I did not find any speed limit or stability issues with the 163 and was the most fun I've had on skis in quite a while. The 170 I skied had the early rise tip but I really didn't notice much difference. I bought the 177 length mainly because of a quiver overlap issue and and quite happy with it for my daily harder snow driver. The Kendo's do ski/feel true to length. They have great edge hold vs the BMX88's I rented just recently. Here's where it fits in my current quiver....
post #12 of 15
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Originally Posted by c20500 View Post

Me 175# 5'10" and have skied /demoed 163-170 & own a 177.... I did not find any speed limit or stability issues with the 163 and was the most fun I've had on skis in quite a while. The 170 I skied had the early rise tip but I really didn't notice much difference. I bought the 177 length mainly because of a quiver overlap issue and and quite happy with it for my daily harder snow driver. The Kendo's do ski/feel true to length.

 

Really useful comment, thanks a lot.

post #13 of 15

I just bought the 177s, and love them.  I am 5'10", 170lbs, 48 yr. old expert.  I moved up from Dynastar Intuitive 165, but still very comfortable with length, and would not recommend shorter.  They are very smooth, light, and hold turns well through the ice/crud we had on Saturday.  Looking forward to taking to a real mountain.

post #14 of 15

Just a follow-up on my earlier post: my GF finally ordered the 163cm Kendo's and the first impressions are very positive (a big smile on her face).

 

She seems to have got what she wanted: a more challenging ski than her Head Supershape Magnums (that she felt became "too easy"....)

 

The Kendos are more demanding and less forgiving than the Magnums, and she thinks the longer versions (170 or 177) would have been too demanding.

 

She skied them last weekend in cold harpack/ice/crud conditions at Sugarloaf, and was really pleased by their rail-like edge hold.

 

She will be trying them next weekend in real snow at Sutton, QC.

 

I'm also really amazed about the light weight of these skis, with the Marker Griffon binding.

 

Thanks for the good advice I got here !

post #15 of 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pieter View Post

Just a follow-up on my earlier post: my GF finally ordered the 163cm Kendo's and the first impressions are very positive (a big smile on her face).

She seems to have got what she wanted: a more challenging ski than her Head Supershape Magnums (that she felt became "too easy"....)

The Kendos are more demanding and less forgiving than the Magnums, and she thinks the longer versions (170 or 177) would have been too demanding.

She skied them last weekend in cold harpack/ice/crud conditions at Sugarloaf, and was really pleased by their rail-like edge hold.

She will be trying them next weekend in real snow at Sutton, QC.

I'm also really amazed about the light weight of these skis, with the Marker Griffon binding.

Thanks for the good advice I got here !
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