Volkl Kiku (2009)

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Völkl Kiku (BEST IN TEST)

Rating: / 5
Price: $825.00
Year: 2009
Level: 3
Gender: Female
Waist Width:
Tip/Tail/Waist: 133/105/124
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Stability at speed: 4.08 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.24 / 5
Crud performance: 4.35 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.68 / 5

Kiku is the Japanese art of cultivating perfect blossoms. That's fitting for the No. 1 ski in almost every criteria. The Kiku only comes in two sizes, but even our tiny tester (sorry, Schaffer) found the longer length effortless. Its torsion-box construction flexes beautifully, and its twin tips maneuver effortlessly in the deep. Testers' only complaint? They couldn't take it home. "I was one with the mountain on this ski," said Schaffer.

Best For

Anyone looking for enlightenment

Not For

Those who prize playfulness over stability

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Gradual rocker from tip to tail is the Kiku’s secret to unsurpassed smoothness. It’s steady, damp and humming with Völkl power. Testers scored it high in Flotation (No. 3), Crud Performance (No. 3) and Overall Impression (No. 2). It craves long turns and virgin powder the most, but when prodded, it’s not too stubborn to hustle through tight trees and bumps, too. You do have to steer it from exactly the right spot; but for those who find that spot, the rewards are rich. “A strong and powerful ski, it delivers performance in perfect fluff and the more- challenging chop,” said Moscarella.