2022 Volkl Kendo 88 Skis
Volkl Kendo 88 Skis
Every brand has that quintessential all-mountain ski. Something that can handle firm conditions, a bit of fresh snow, and essentially any terrain found at the resort both on and off the piste. For Volkl, that ski is the Kendo 88. Remaining unchanged for this season, other than a minor cosmetic update, the Kendo features a robust multi-layer wood core sandwiched between a sheet and a frame of titanal which result in a powerful and damp ski that almost feels like it was inspired by skis coming out of Volkl's race room. The full sheet of metal underneath the core provides a lot of torsional stiffness and vibration damping while the frame on top of the core adds torsional stiffness around the perimeter of the ski while allowing the ski to flex more naturally. As a result, you get a variety of different performance properties depending on the speed at which you want to ski. Volkl's 3D radius sidecut allows for a multitude of turn shapes to be experimented with in a very intuitive manner. In short, the Kendo 88 is very adaptable to different ski styles and terrain types. While it might not boast the wider shape of the other skis in the line, it certainly provides enough surface area and float for some fresh or soft snow thanks to the help of a bit of early rise and taper from tip to tail.
- Sidecut: 129/88/111 mm at 170 cm length
- Turn Radius: 3D Radius (28/15/22 meters) at 170 cm length
- Titanal Frame
- Carbon Tips
- Multi-Layer Woodcore
- Tip and Tail Rocker
- Ability Level: Advanced and Expert Skiers
All-Mountain • Groomers • Powder
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At your height and weight, definitely go with 184cm length.
If you like speed then I would recommend the Kendo over the Kore. The Kendo carries more speed and is much more damp. You also get Volkls 3D radius construction which makes transitioning from short to medium to large turns intuitive and seamless.
I'm a very strong 62 year old Squaw Valley skier. Been on skis since I was 9 years old skiing in Vermont and New Hampshire. Former NSP member. I've been skiing on [very heavy] Volkl Gotamas for 10 years (gulp!), which replaced my beloved Volkl AC4's when one of my kids fell in love with--and hijacked--them. I ski the whole mountain, on/off piste, but particularly can't stay away from trees and bumps despite having 2 knee replacements. I'm 6'0, 185 lbs. My AC4's were 177's, and the Gotama's are 186. I'm thinking the 180-184 range is what I'm looking for.
I want a snappier, more agile/playful ski that can also handle speed and plow thru "Sierra cement" on the days we get pow here. I'm not above racing my kids on long straightaways, and frequently get into the mid-high 50's mph when the snow is right, but that's not where I spend most of my time. When alone I'm all over the place, when with family I stick mostly to groomers. I have dedicated backcountry boards, so I don't need something THAT versatile.
I was leaning toward the Ripstick 88s or 96s, but got a bit reluctant when I read about the soft tips at speed. So now I'm looking at the Enforcer 88, the Kendo 88 and the Ripstick 88 and 96.
The Enforcer 88 and the Kendo 88 would both be great options for the frontside & groomers. These can both be versatile to handle fresh snow & Sierra cement. The 2021 Kendo 88 is on sale if your price point concerned.
Let us know if you have any further questions.
The Orb would be a little softer on the tip and tail than the Kendo making it a little lighter weight while still having plenty of edge hold and stability on your harder packed snow. The orb would give you a bit more versatility and playfulness, while the Kendo would excel a bit more on trail.
I purchased a pair of DPS Cassiar 94s (171) in 2019 after demoing in UT. When there's 1-12" of fresh snow or crud resulting from the same, these skis are an absolute blast. But they aren't the all mountain ski I had hoped for, so I'm looking for something that is more fun in hardpack, moguls, trees, etc because I'm mostly skiing with snowboarders; the Cassiars feel like I'm dragging them around when I need quickness/liveliness. When things crust up, they truly don't inspire confidence (for my skill level at least).
A local shop had me sold on the Ripstick 88s but they're not easy to find. I'm thinking about a 163ish and the Kendos are available. I can't tell how similar they actually are to the Ripsticks, though which do seem to speak to my specific need.
The Kendo is quite a bit stiffer and more demanding than the Ripstick--I think you're going to be better off on the Ripstick. Armada Declivity 88C, Atomic Maverick 86 C, K2 Mindbender 90C, and Stockli Stormrider 88 are all fantastic choices that'll suit your needs.
The Kendo 88 is going to be a slightly different feeling ski compared to the experience. The Experience lineup has always had a lot of edge grab so compared to the Kendo you'll notice the Kendo releasing turns much more easily. The Kendo will also be easier to maneuver at slower speeds and in tighter turns thanks to Volkls 3D radius sidecut. I think if your goal is to explore more of the mountain while retaining a high level of frontside performance, then the Kendo is going to be the right tool for the job.