Ski Reviews by Brand:

Ski Review

Ski News

Volkl Kendo 2011

Length tested 170 cm. Very precise, surgical, “threading the needle” ski; surprisingly light and nimble feeling; quick edge to edge.

Ski Statistics - Length (cm) / Sidecut (mm) / Radius (m)

170 / 127-88-109 / 19.9
177 / 127-88-109 / 21.9
184 / 127-88-109 / 24.1
191 / 127-88-109 / 26.2

Manufacturer's Description

Brand new for 2010, the Kendo is for the skier who wants an all mountain freeride ski for 50/50 frontside/backside skiing. It shares the same construction as the Mantra but features a new shape of 127-88-109, 8mm narrower at the waist.

Ski Review's Verdict:

I am 5’8’’, 145lb, level 9 and higher, moderately aggressive skier. Spend 65% of my time off piste (back side) and 35% on piste (front side) on the groomers and bumps.  My present skis are Volkl Mantra (177, 4 yrs old 130/94/116) mostly for west and Blizzard Magnum 8.7 (174, 128/87/113) for east coast skiing. I also use racing slalom and GS skis (Volkl) and Rossignol bump skis, on occasion.
Last week I demoed three pair of skis in Snow Mass. Co., Volkl Kendo (170cm, 127/88/109mm; R19.9), Salomon Sentinel (170cm- 129, 95,121mm) and Kastle MX 88, 168cm length (128,88,113mm; R17.5m). I skied each pair for approximately 2 hours and did exactly the same thing with all three: starting with groomers, then wind packed crud, then frozen chunky crud, then steep densely packed large bumps with zipper lines of descend and then super steep EX-EX tree runs off Sheer Bliss lift to the right. Below is the results of my experience:

Versatile and well balanced. Felt shorter than 170 cm. Felt much like Blizzard Magnum 8.7 (174cm) except it was lighter, quicker and softer which made it more versatile, better in bumps and irregular turny tree runs but a bit less solid feeling under the foot on high speed GS turns on groomers or in crud.  Softer, more forgiving and quicker than Mantra (177cm). Very comfortable and quick on bumps, stable and solid in crud and in high ( # 40 mph) speeds on groomers (I typically ski with loading the shovel decisively at initiation and follow with high degree of angulation and skis are on high edge angle- good for Volkl and Austrian skis), it makes clean carve, if you want that. Any radius is good, you can change turn shape and radius at will. The demo skis were a bit over tuned and sharpened so that the edges were a bit grippy/catchy on side-slips and skids/smears (necessary for steep tree skiing). Nonetheless, they inspired confidence in trees and were easy to change direction quickly (again provided you were forward at the turn initiation) I did not try them in significant amount of powder; however, with the flexible shovel I would think they would be better than most of the stiffer verity such as my Blizzard Magnum 8.7 with very close dimensions. All and all, excellent all mountain skis except perhaps in deep deep pow where you may want something wider or longer like Mantra 177. I talked to some of the experienced instructors in SnowMass who owned them, they raved about how well they skied the powder.

Footnote; generally, all Volkl skis and most Austrian skis, are designed so that the skier got to load the shovel at turn initiation and be forward and on top of the ski and do not sit back to get proper performance out of ski. Trust the shovel and ski will do for you what ever you want.

Real time prices for the Volkl Kendo 2011, or similar ski products:

Volkl Kendo Ski 2018

Click to buy from Gear Coop

Volkl Kendo Skis

Click to buy from
(16% off)

Volkl Kendo Skis - Men's

Click to buy from Buckman's Ski and Snowboard Shop
(15% off)
Reader Ski Reviews of the Volkl Kendo 2011

Add review of this ski.

Click "Login with Facebook" to track and share your reviews and comments, and skip the form filling below:

Login with Facebook

Latest User Reviews

Ski : Armada TST 2016

Skier Height:
Skier Weight:
Skier Ability:
Ski length Tested:

Ski Review:Armada TST 2016
1.74 CM.
What is the prices?

Thanks a lot.


Ski : K2 Konic 75 2018

Skier Height: 170 cm
Skier Weight: 75 kg
Skier Ability: Intermediate
Ski length Tested: 163 cm

Ski Review: I dare to say the year 2018 K2 Konic 75 skis are already iconic. K2 Konic 75 all-mountain skis are modern in construction and...

Ski : Atomic Metron B5 2007

Skier Height: 5’-7”
Skier Weight: 140 lbs
Skier Ability: Instructor
Ski length Tested: 162

Date today is Feb 17/18.  Just bought a pair of used white with black 162 B5is off CL today for $100.  Tuned the base and side edges then P-texed a...

Ski : Volkl Flair SC E 2018

Skier Height:5’5”
Skier Weight:160
Skier Ability:advanced
Ski length Tested:165

Ski Review:l Love this ski and just purchased it.  The moment I started gliding on the flats I felt its energy.  Holds a great edge with GS turns.  I did...

Ski : Blizzard Bonafide 2018

Skier Height: 5’7”
Skier Weight:  170
Skier Ability: Expert
Ski length Tested:  166

Ski Review:
A totally superb ski.  I wanted to demo a wide-waist ski and at 98mm underfoot this ski fit that bill.  The Blizzard Bonafide is a...