Kick off winter with a massive all-mountain bang aboard our Ski of the Year – the Volkl Kendo 88.
This winter’s all-conquering Ski of the Year, the Volkl Kendo, is one cleverly designed bit of kit. Leaner than any previous Fall-Line SOTY winner, at 88mm underfoot, it won accolades from our test team for its pure all-round brilliance and versatility all over the mountain.
The combo of super-gentle rocker with multi-radius sidecut, metal subtraction and carbon fibre is a recipe that really works –a delicious all-round supercharged ski-anywhere winner that packs a solid punch on the fun-o-meter.
“What a blast this ski is!” said tester Rich Evans after a few runs.“An easy cruiser that responds immediately when you push, it performs powerfully on hardpack, tears through slush and rips up chopped snow with character and style. Fun fun fun!”
The grip is up to the usual Volkl ‘hang on until your femurs compress’ levels if you keep the pressure on, and at that point you’ll be putting the 17m turn radius into play. Ease back and the nose and tail will naturally pick a softer turn shape –so there’s never a point where it’s not engaging; a most confidence-inspiring feeling despite the softer construction thanks to reduced metal in the tip and tail.
This all gives the Kendo 88 –which retails at £575 –vigorous to aggressive reactions on piste, yet that same lightness in the ends gives great pick-up for skidding around in soft snow. The long nose-rocker means 100kg skiers who normally ski 100mm-plus wide skis found the Kendo 88 a ball in powder: playful and seriously floatable.
The lucky winner’s brand new Kendos will be fitted with Marker Griffon bindings (RRP £180), a reliable and meaty design that screams quality and performance. With DIN settings from 4 to 13, they can be as easily set up for aggressive or weightier skiers as for cruisier or lighter individuals.
Make no mistake, this is a set-up every single member of Fall-Line staff would like to get their hands on. Sniff, sniff, we’re not allowed to enter the competition… but you are!
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