Volkl Kendo 2017 Ski Review By Simon From Edge & Wax

The little brother to the Mantra brings the same skiing experience to the prepared slopes.

For those who spend most of their time on the piste but want a stable, versatile freeski, the little brother of the Mantra offers the kind of skiing performance to bring that off-piste feeling onto the prepared terrain. Which isn’t to say that the Kendo isn’t ready for powder days- it is- but the real potential for this tip rocker ski powered by titanium comes on-piste.

Völkl’s longest-running construction, Power Construction utilizes traditional vertical sidewalls and a torsion box internal layup. Used in racing skis as well as all the freeskiing models, this versatile, proven construction provides tremendous grip, stability, and a smooth ride. The top-of-the-line models in the VÖLKL Alpine ski range boast a special wood core tuning system – all powered by titanium. There is a layer of titanium reinforcing the ski and adding power and stability. The thin yet extremely strong aluminium alloy extends its unparalleled dampening properties particularly at high speeds.

Völkl freeskiing models feature a multi-layer wood core with two different densities of wood. In the binding attachment area, a dense, ash core is used, while in the rest of the ski, the core is poplar. The more dense wood creates secure screw retention and stability, while the softer poplar section allows for resilience and snap. The flex pattern can be tailored to each ski model to match the desired performance characteristics.

Ski Specification

Geometry: 126mm/89mm/110mm
Turn Radius: 22.6 Metres for 177cm length
Terrain: Freeride/ All-Mountain/ Freestyle
Core Material: Multi-Layer Woodcore
Camber/Rocker: Tip and Tail Rocker
Technology: Power Construction, Multi-layer woodcore, Powered by titainium
Bindings: No Bindings included – see recommendations below


Snow Conditions: All Conditions, Powder
Ski Terrain: All Mountain, Off Piste, Piste
Skier Level: Good Intermediate, Advanced, Expert


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