Volkl Kendo (2014)

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Rating: 2.87 / 5
Price: $775.00
Year: 2014
Level: 4
Gender: Male
Waist Width: 110
Tip/Tail/Waist: 126-89-110
Lengths: 163, 170, 177, 184

Stability at speed: 3.70 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.27 / 5
Crud performance: 2.91 / 5
Flotation: 2.09 / 5
Forgiveness: 2.68 / 5
Overall: 2.87 / 5

The returning Kendo makes a lot of Eastern and Midwestern skiers happy, serving up a freeride mentality in a width that doesn't intimidate the fat-averse (they're still out there) or ever feel planky on hard snow. Volkl's Freeskiing All Mountain collection includes two keystone models in the Volkl collection - the Mantra (98 mm wide) and Kendo (89 mm). They're aimed at skilled skiers who spend most of their time skiing lift-served terrain - that is, most skiers. With classic laminate constructions, wood cores, and vertical sidewalls, they'll arc like fat race skis on all but the hardest snow - especially the speed-greedy Kendo. And with tip rocker and ample width, they love powder as much as you do - especially the Mantra. A third model in the group, the Bridge, goes a little deeper into the freeride mindset with a twintip, metal-free design.