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184 Kendos Too Long? 5ft 10 75kg 165lb

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

Hi Guys,

 

I have been offered a good deal on Volkl Kendo 184's however I'm worried they may be a little bit long?

 

I currently ski Atomic TI Race GS skis in a 175 and am a fairly aggressive skier! Looking for a something a little more playful that can be used for things other than just long GS turns.

 

My weight is 165lbs (75kg) and I am 5ft 10, I spend most of my time on the piste carving, sometimes venture onto the park kickers and off piste to edge or runs!

 

Any feedback would be very helpful! If you have any other skis to recommend I would be interested.

 

(I ski in the alps where it is usually hardpack)

 

Mike

post #2 of 11
What year Kendo? I believe recent ones have tip rocker which means they'll ski a bit shorter than their listed specs. 
 
Either way I think you'll be more than able to handle a 184 Kendo if you can ski a 175 Race GS ski. For mostly hardpack, some big mountain/off piste I think the Kendos will probably be a great choice. 
 
Get after it!
post #3 of 11
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Originally Posted by jmeb View Post
What year Kendo? I believe recent ones have tip rocker which means they'll ski a bit shorter than their listed specs. 

These are the 2011 models, so they are full cambered!

 

I was just worried that they might feel a bit unwieldy at that length along with the 24m turning radius?

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Originally Posted by jmeb View Post
What year Kendo? I believe recent ones have tip rocker which means they'll ski a bit shorter than their listed specs. 

These are the 2011 models, so they are full cambered!

 

I was just worried that they might feel a bit unwieldy at that length along with the 24m turning radius?

Plus they will be a bit stiff for a 165lb skier. What's the cost of saving money? IMHO, its not a good deal if it isn't the right thing..for you. If you came into my shop and I had a Kendo in a 184 sitting there, I might let you buy them but I wouldn't sell them to you. 

post #5 of 11
Too long. Do over.
post #6 of 11
Thread Starter 

Cheers guys, I shall wait around for some 177's

post #7 of 11

Agree with a caveat.  The 184s don't fit well as "playful" for someone of our size (I am 5' 8" and about 162).  They would make a good crud buster ski but not as nimble as you are probably looking for.  They would still be fun for high speed cruising but not as good as the GS skis you already have for that. 

post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by Mike Davies View Post
 

Cheers guys, I shall wait around for some 177's


Good call. FWIW, I'm 6', 165, have found that in Kendo-ish widths, middle 170's to a top of 180 works best, depending on ski. Owned a non rockered MX88 in 178, for instance, and it was more than enough for out west, bit too much back east. OTOH, prefer a mildly rockered 180 Bushwacker. Kendo's have early rise but plenty of metal; 177 should be perfect for you. 

post #9 of 11

I agree - I'm 6'3" & 200lb & ski Kendos as my choice for anything other than fresh snow, and love them!!. I think at your height & weight you would find 185cm too much.

 

But you will really like them - if you can get the more recent models with some rocker you will find the versatility amazing.

post #10 of 11

The OP mentioned that he can get a "good deal" on the 184cm skis. My experience has been that buying based on price is usually not the way to go unless the price is such that the skis can easily be resold for little or no loss if it turns out to be not the right ski for the first buyer.

post #11 of 11
Thread Starter 

Cheers for the help guys, I settles on some 179 line prophets in the end!

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