Originally Posted by FairToMiddlin
Dawg, I'm happy you drew first blood this year...
I skied the Kendo next to the Monster 88, Motive 95, Pinnacle 95, Stormrider 95, Bonafide, Cham 97, and a host of other players.
Off-piste, the Kendo took me off my game, it didn't elevate it. Steep bumps and trees in Lower Enchanted/Cash Glades were a chore, I felt like I had forgotten to manage balance. I skied the same spot on the Bonafide, Vantage 95, Vantage 100, Scott Sagebrush, Q Lab 183, etc, and none of them were upsetting.
Fine, the Kendo is narrower than all of them, arguably more on-piste oriented; then why was it inferior to all of them on piste? Inside leg collapsing/shortening/whatevering produced a vague response compared to the Bonafide, easily the least carve-y of the skis mentioned above. Once I coaxed it onto edge, it didn't feel planted or reassuring. The Kendo excelled at nothing. SSH is too kind, I think the new Kendo is detrimental to a tail skidder...
Hate to say I had a similar experience with the Kendo. Have discussed it elsewhere on Epic but will repeat it again here.
I'm 5'6.5" 140lbs, tried the 170cm, "Elvis leg" chatter going on trying to carve turns on the groom. The tip seemed to flap around, couldn't get it to engage the snow. Swapped it for 177cm which had significantly less of that skip skip chatter, and the tips engaged carving turns. Only I had trouble in the bumps. Kept clanging tails together as if too long getting in the way of one another. Felt the ski was a springboard too. I'm sure much of it was more my bad bump technique, coupled with the first bump run, second time on skis this season.
Am I too light weight for it, not aggressive enough, bad tune, Idk, just couldn't get them to work for me.
For comparison sake, I tried the Enforcer 170cm that day (same trails), and it locked into a carve without the side skip skip chatter. Also was easier to handle in bumps, shorter length. Still stiff but I felt that was offset somewhat by the short 170cm length. Had tried the Enforcer in a 177cm prior in worse groomer conditions and wasn't overly impressed. Didn't have any trouble doing short, medium and long turns with it. Just had found the 176cm Vantage 90cti to have worked better for me that day, seemed a little lighter and snappier, easier to throw around, quicker edge to edge carving. Don't know about the bumps. there weren't any that day and that is a concern.