Frontside Skis

Völkl Kendo 88

2021 Men's Frontside Ski Review

Brand: Volkl

Model: Kendo 88

Overall Rating: 3.85


Tip / Waist / Tail (mm)


Lengths (cm)

163, 170, 177, 184

Radius (m)


Quickness / Maneuverability

3.78 / 5


3.83 / 5


3.33 / 5

Hard Snow Performance

4.22 / 5

Crud Performance

3.67 / 5

Balance of Skills

3.78 / 5



2021 Volkl Kendo 88 Men's Frontside Ski
The 2021 Völkl Kendo 88 Men’s Frontside SkiPhoto courtesy of Völkl

Compared to the other skis in this category, Völkl’s 3D radius sidecut technology takes some time to figure out, but once testers got the hang of it, they were smitten. The tech provides a variable turn radius dependent on speed and turn shape, and, when combined with the ski’s stiff demeanor, the Kendo 88 separates the thrashers from those who know how to bend a ski with proper technique. Those who found the sweet spot didn’t want to put it back on the rack. 

STRENGTHS: Stability at Speed, Hard-Snow Integrity

WEAKNESSES: Forgiveness, Crud Performance