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Völkl Kendo

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Völkl Kendo all-mountain ski test 2017

Dimensions:

Length (cm): 163, 170, 177, 184
Sidecut (mm): 127-90-110
Radius (m): 16.8, 18.7, 20.8, 22.2


Characteristics:

Terrain: 50% piste - 50% off piste
Skier level: intermediate+ - expert
Stability: very good
Edge grip: very good
Edge switch: OK
Character: stable and playful in all conditions

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Freeride ski Völkl Kendo 2018

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Gijs' review: Intermediate+ freeride skier

Intermediate+ level freeride
skier Gijs' rating of this ski:

5 stars


 Considering his skiers profile:

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Reviewer Gijs

"I am just starting to explore the freeride ski category, so at the moment hard to say what kind of freerider I am. That will soon be more clear :)."

 SkillsLevel 6
 FitnessLevel 7
 SpeedLevel 7
 Length:182 cm
 Weight:85 kg

 


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The Kendo (177 cm) has been redesigned for 2016. Previous versions have been powerful carving machines that thanks to its waist width, tip rocker and sheer punch power were considered ‘all-mountain’ ski’s. After the remodelling of its bigger brother – the immensely popular and now full-rocker Mantra – I feared they would get the camber out of the Kendo too. But luckily, they didn’t. Now, the Kendo is less of a slayer like the Blizzard Brahma or the Salomon X-Drive 8.8, but a much more freeride-oriented, versatile and more manageable ski. And it floats really good too.

No more angry youth

They made the ski lighter, more rockered, but overall more playful and gentle in all conditions. That is why I really like it. For skiers who use technical skills this ski is a great all-weather board. But also for those who like to wrestle their way to each turn and like to throw the skis sideways in the trees rather than ski nicely rounded turns all day long – these true all-mountain skis meet anyone’s needs. And no: there is no performance loss on hard snow – provided you keep the skis on the snow.

Völkl about the Kendo

"Now in its second season with a wider waist, early taper in the tip, and the addition of tip and tail rocker, the Kendo continues to rack up awards and accolades. Its carefully thought out design elements allow it to feel playful in soft snow, while maintaining the edge grip, stability, and frontside performance that have made it so popular. Ability: Advanced, Expert. Conditions: 50% Groomed, 50% Powder.", says Völkl. And I believe they are spot on.

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