2021 Völkl Kendo 88

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Philpug: I will preface this review with the statement that I never really warmed up to previous generations of the Kendo. This does not mean it was a bad ski, not at all; I just never liked its attributes. There are members here such as @KingGrump who loved the skis and have owned numerous pairs, but me? I was more of a Brahma guy.

With that said, I really like the new Kendo 88. It isn’t just the new construction, but a new shape (shared with the Mantra 102) with an elliptical sidecut gives it a feel unlike anything I have experienced from Völkl in this class. The Kendo 88’s playfulness and ease is far different from the outgoing model to the point when asked by @KingGrump what I thought about the new Kendo, I replied that he wouldn’t like it. He asked “Why?” I said “Because I like it.”

Insider tip: Still runs true to size.​
Review updated from 2020
 
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Who is it for?
Those looking for a playful charger without a limit.
Who is it not for?
The lightest finesse skiers might get overpowered -- but that's why Völkl makes a Kanjo.
Skier ability
Advanced, Expert
Ski category
All Mountain
Ski attributes
Groomers, Moguls, Off Piste, Trees
Segment
Men

Specifications

HighFives
Available sizes
163, 170, 177, 184
Dimensions
129-88-111
Rocker profile
Full camber
Construction design
New graphics only
Binding options
Flat
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markojp

mtn rep for the gear on my feet
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A great off piste 'narrow' all mountain performer... I like them better off piste than on, but that's Deacon 84 land.
 
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