The Volkl Kendo is a fantastic ski for the advanced to expert skier who is looking for a mid-fat ski that loves to make medium to long radius turns on the groomed trails, and venture off into the powder once in a while. At 89 mm underfoot it is ideal for ripping up smooth groomers, or even some that have been chewed up with skier traffic, or fresh snow. The tip rocker will engage you in turns quicker, absorb the negative vibrations caused by crud, and keep you on top of the powder. Camber underfoot will give you tons of rebound and spring into your next turn, and keep you stable as fly down the mountain. The Kendo uses Volkls Power Construction, the very same that is used in all of their race specific skis, for a strong and consistent grip on the snow, and stability that is unlike any other ski brand. The Sensorwood Core has vertically laminated stringers of poplar, and beechwood, for a damp and powerful feel. If you like a ski that can not be shaken at high speeds, will hook up and turn very easily when you want it to, and can take on anything that gets in your way like bumps, crud, or snowboarders the Volkl Kendo is the ski for you.
Bought these for myself for Christmas (2014). Mounted with G3 Targa bindings with Shim Extenders. Skied Alta 3 days first time out. Loved skis. Back to East Coast (NC, WV, TN) hard snow. Great edging on this firm surface.
I don't need or want twin-tip, rockered skis. I don't want to ski on skis so wimpy that I can't turn on a packed run. I bought these because it's tough to ski on my racing and other carving skis in powder and crud. These are easy to ski on powder days and are much better than I thought they would be in packed conditions. They would be a good all-around ski for a part-time, advanced/intermediate skier.
Kyle here with the Volkl Kendo. I give this ski a 4 out of 5. I really like this. It's really nimble, but a powerful, front side carving ski/ all mountain ski in my mind. Really good for anywhere from intermediate to expert. I really like this ski, for the size, it's great. Check it out.
Hey, this is Tyler here with the Volkl Kendo. I just got off this ski and I give it a 4 out of 5 stars. I really liked how playful it was, you know, really versatile ski. You can do anything from carving to, you know, getting out there on a big mountain, doing some all mountain stuff. You know, like I said, it's really playful, holds really nice edge, and has some power in there too for, you know, it's pretty narrow, but still you know, you can take that all mountain and still not have to worry about losing any stability. So, anyone from intermediate up to an expert, I think can really enjoy this ski.
I'm Steve. I just got off the Volkl Kendo. This is a great ski, I give this 4 out of 5 stars, especially if you're intermediate-advanced skier that likes real sharp, short turns, real hard carving on steeper mountains. Holds a great edge, you can just fly on these skis. Again, I give these 4 out of 5 stars. For the intermediate-advanced skier, they're perfect.
Hi, I'm Mike. I just got done skiing the Volkl Kendo. I'm going to give this ski a 3 out of 5 stars. I like to make high speed, big, arching turns and this ski just didn't do that for me. I felt like it took a long time to get it up on edge on speed and then from transition turn to turn, it was a little sluggish. I think this ski is more for the guy that's going to be going in the trees, maybe some bumps, maybe mount a pair of Tele bindings on it, it could be pretty good. But, for, you know, the long arch turn, not so much with this. Probably for, you know, an intermediate, maybe a lower expert level skier. So, I'm Mike, 3 out of 5 stars for the Volkl Kendo.
Hey, it's Hunter here. Just got off the Volkl Kendo and this a 5 out of 5 star ski for me. It's one of those skis I could go and prattle on about how good it is; Short turns, long turns, anything at speed. It's so nimble edge to edge that I forgot it was 88 underfoot. If you're a primarily hard pack skier who likes to ski a little of everything, particularly geared towards East Coast skiing, I don't think for the aggressive skier you could do much better than this, phenomenal choice.
Hi, I'm Thom. I just got off the Volkl Kendo and this ski is absolutely legit. 5 out of 5 stars here. This is for your big dog skier who's looking to shred on hard pack, but at 88 underfoot, it still can do some off piste, however, when you're ripping on groomers, it really doesn't feel as wide as it is. Very nimble, tons of edge hold, not the most snappy ski, but a good, powerful, smooth ski. Great for your heavier weight, or your super aggressive, front side skier that's going to dabble a little bit everywhere.
Q: I have the 2013 Kendo's. Will moving the mounting point on my skis forward allow for more energy when releasing out of reverse camber? I also have the 2012 Kendo's. I know I will not get the same pop out of arc, but the 2013 have no energy at all. I just want the 2013 to generate some kind of response. I am not worried about washing out. The 2013 tail on is very stiff. I can load the 2012's into reverse camber and they will arc deep and practically launch me into my next turn. However, the 2013's force me to drive the tail to much during the turn to achieve the desirable arc. While transition between turns is very smooth, I am not generating any energy in the ski. I believe my skis are mounted on the Volkl recommended line. Please advise.
A: You could move up the mounting position up 2 to 3cm, that would give you a longer tail and more power at the exit of your turn...But you will be losing stability and make the ski feel shorter, especially when not on edge. Good question!
Answered : Feb 26, 2015
By : Adam, Midwest
Q: Hello, I'm an advanced skier that is about 5'8 and 140 pounds.
I like to ski aggressively and enjoy doing moguls and glades in addition to groomers and powder. Would this be a good ski for me? If so, what length would you recommend?
A: The Kendo is a fantastic ski for aggressive skiers, it's stiffness provides you with lots of stability, especially at fast speeds. That stiffness also make it a little unforgiving in bumps and trees, but if you are an aggressive skier you should be able to handle it. At your weight the 163cm would be a great size, especially having a tighter radius in the smaller size would benefit you in bumps and trees.
Answered : Feb 25, 2015
By : Adam, Midwest
Q: What is the weight of the kendo 177cm skis?
Asked : Jan 11, 2015
By : suzieQ, west brookfield, ma
A: The weight of the 177cm size Volkl Kendo is 1849 grams
Answered : Jan 12, 2015
By : Chris
Q: a senior skier who skis AC30 184cm now. Weigh 250 lbs 6 ft advanced skier. Ski front and back of mountain. Love the AC 30 ski looking to get a newer volkl ski with similar traits as AC 30 but better in powder.
What length do you suggest?
A: Based on your stats and skill level I would recommend going with the Volkl Kendo skis in the 184cm length.
Answered : May 27, 2014
By : Dru, Customer Care
Q: Hi, Can you advise about best length of Kendo ski? I weigh 83kg, 1.82m tall and am an experienced skier (20 years plus skiing) enjoying mixed conditions (piste, crud, chop, bumps, ice and a bit of powder when its there). Can carve fast on all terrain but also enjoy shorter nimble turns too. Current skis Volkl p40 platinum at 188cm for fun and older K2 4s at 198cm for more speed.
A: Based on your stats, you can potentially go with either the 177cm or 184cm length in the Volkl Kendo. If you prefer carving and more on piste conditions, go with the 177cm length; if you plan on seeing more powder or doing more off piste skiing, you should go for the 184cm.
Answered : Mar 22, 2014
By : Dru, Customer Care
Q: What bindings do you recommend with these skis for an aggressive skier?
A: The Kendo would work well for telemark skiing. It is a lightweight and very stable ski, so while it has a significant amount a metal, which is unusual for a tele setup, if you are an advanced, aggressive, or heavier weight skier you should not have any issues with them. Plus the metal in the construction offers fantastic edge hold and stability on firm or packed snow you generally don't get in skis without metal.
Answered : Dec 16, 2013
By : Thom, Product Specialist
Q: Hi I'm 1m76 and I weight 100kg, I am an intermediate skier who usually skis on piste Most of time and Occasionaly venture off piste. Is the kendo A good choice for me ? If yes what ski size should I order ? Also would like recommendation on binding and ski boots that would match. I live outside the us and will be shipping to a friend in the us who would bring them to me. I appreciate your help and advice ! Thanks
The Kendo is a great choice for someone who is planning on skiing both groomed trails and off piste. Based on your size and skiing abilities I would suggest getting the 170cm size.
As far as a binding recommendation goes two of my best suggestions for that ski are the Marker Griffon Ski Bindings (size = 90mm) or the Salomon STH 12 OS Ski Bindings (size = 90mm is ideal, but 100mm would be ok too).
Depending on the width of your foot here are a couple of boot options. If your foot is narrow to medium in width, the Salomon X-Pro 80 Ski Boots are an excellent choice. For a medium to wider fit the Atomic Live Fit 90 Ski Boots are my best recommendation for you.
If you have any more questions please feel free to ask.
Answered : Dec 04, 2013
By : Julie, Product Specialist
I am 170 cm tall and I am an advanced all mountain skier. What ski length should I choose?
Asked : Nov 23, 2013
By : Rocket, Melbourne, Australia