Völkl Kendo 88 (2020)

2020 Men's Frontside Ski Review

Brand: Völkl

Model: Kendo 88

Overall Score: 3.58 / 5


Tip / Waist / Tail (mm)


Lengths (cm)

163, 169, 177, 184

Radius (m)






Quickness / Maneuverability

3.7 / 5


3.45 / 5


3.15 / 5

Hard Snow Performance

3.5 / 5

Crud Performance

3.6 / 5


3.35 / 5

2020 Volkl Kendo 88
The 2020 Volkl Kendo 88 Frontside ski.Photo courtesy of Völkl

Taking notes from the wider Mantra M5, Völkl added the forked Titanal frame construction to the beloved Kendo this year, upping the ante for playfulness and energy in and out of turns at speed. But what really makes the redesigned Kendo unique is its 3D radius sidecut, a modified shape that allows for a shorter turn radius at slower speeds, and a larger radius that stretches from tip-to-tail as speed increases. Testers found it to be a very capable ski with dependable German engineering. 

STRENGTHS: Stability at Speed, Overall Impression

WEAKNESS: Forgiveness

Shop Talk 2020: Völkl Kendo 88 and Kenja 88

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