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Völkl Kendo 2019

Reviewed by PROSKILAB
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PROSKILAB™ reviewers comments

The Kendo from Völkl, which (just) missed out on the "Best Ski" medal last year in harder snow conditions, got it back this year. This year, we reviewed a longer model (184 cm against 176 last year) which improved its stability and flotation in powder.

The ski has once again consolidated its excellent reputation and the professional reviewers gave it rave reviews: "Super ski", "Perfection!", "Excellent ski", "Perfect"...

Its behaviour on the groomers is excellent and the Kendo could teach many piste skis a thing or two. The ski will amaze you not just for its performance and the quality of rides as by its grip and stability that are simply magic. It's quite stiff, significantly reinforced by two Titanal plates.

Here, we'd just like to remind our readers that Titanal (whose presence is generally signalled by the "Ti" added to the models' name) is not the same as "titanium", contrary to what most people think, but is the commercial name given to an alloy with an aluminum base.

Despite its 22-metre radius, this "very well-balanced" ski is still remarkably versatile. Obviously, it prefers long turns and speed, but it proved quite capable of rapidly changing radius despite the size of the model reviewed. It smoothly alternates between skid and carve turns, and the latter are especially instinctive. Its consistent behavior and fantastic stability make it a great ski for intermediate riders who can up the pace with confidence and relatively few technical skills.

Off-piste, the reviewers felt the ski had "great potential." It's especially good in powder where it glides very well, and its stiffness allows it to cut a path through the crud with ease.

The Kendo is one of those skis that's become a real benchmark in its segment. "Very good trail ski with great off-trail potential", it will please a wide range of riders from intermediate to expert. The size reviewed is perfect for heavier riders.

Review: Pros

  • Good on piste behaviour
  • Great skid turns
  • Intuitive carving
  • Consistent behaviour, reassuring, remains accessible
  • Good off-piste behaviour
  • Float in powder

Review: Cons

  • Needs some technical skills
  • Not so comfortable in short turns

The ski review scores

Turn initiation
☆☆☆☆☆
17.5
Stability
☆☆☆☆☆
20.0
Stability/turning performance
☆☆☆☆☆
19.5
Grip
☆☆☆☆☆
19.5
Short turn performance
☆☆☆☆☆
17.0
Long turn performance
☆☆☆☆☆
19.0
Skid turn performance
☆☆☆☆☆
18.0
Handleability
☆☆☆☆☆
18.5
Comfort
☆☆☆☆☆
19.0
Snow contact
☆☆☆☆☆
18.5
Soft snow fluidity
☆☆☆☆☆
19.0
Freeride - Flotation quality
☆☆☆☆☆
17.0
Handling in powder
☆☆☆☆☆
18.2
Performance on hard snow
☆☆☆☆☆
18.2
Freeride - Performance on hard snow
☆☆☆☆☆
18.2
All-terrain comfort
☆☆☆☆☆
18.8

Who's it for?

Intermediate → Expert

Manufacturer's remarks

Like its big brother, the Mantra, the Kendo has always been a hit with reviewers and good riders. The Kendo is stable, incisive on the piste thanks to its 2 titanal plates, its straight sidewall and camber underfoot. It’s a good versatile ski with 90mm at the waist and a rocker tip and tail. The Kendo is highly appreciated by instructors who need a high-performing ski with a long lifespan and that will take them on both groomed hard pack and through the powder.

Features of the Kendo

Brand : Völkl
Model : Kendo
Year : 2019
Family : All-Mountain
Size tested : 184 cm
Tip size : 127 mm
Waist size : 90 mm
Tail size : 110 mm
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